The eyes of Major League Baseball were watching and Manteca High junior Matt Burrows was poised to take the spotlight. Burrows came close, but he was unable to match the performance of Grace Davis standout pitcher Jake Sisco during the Buffaloes 6-2 loss to Davis Wednesday at Manteca High.
The East Union Lancers have picked up a little steam and now they are rolling into Valley Oak League action, putting together another shutout Wednesday in a 3-0 non-league win over Buhach Colony.
Sierra High broke open a close game with a six-run fourth inning and kept things out of reach with a dominant pitching performance from senior Gabby Hawkins in a non-league victory over Modesto High Wednesday.
SALIDA – The Sierra High baseball team got a nice opening to its 2010 season, beating a talented Modesto Christian team 2-1 in the squads' season debut.
RIPON – Ripon Christian's basketball squad could not have opened its first-round California Interscholastic Federation State boys Championships game against Liberty Christian any better, but its perfect start could not have been more misleading, as the Knights fell 76-73 in overtime Tuesday for a season-ending loss.
OAKLAND – One of the most entertaining teams this postseason finally met its match, as the Ripon Christian girls basketball team closed out its improbable postseason run with a 59-36 in the opening round of the California Interscholastic Federation State Championships Tuesday.
West High's softball team didn't waste any time pushing two run across the plate and that wouldn't be all the Wolf Pack would tally in an 11-2 non-league victory over the host Manteca Buffaloes Tuesday.
For a school with no seniors, Cosumnes Oaks of Elk Grove already has a girls soccer team to be reckoned with.
LINDEN - Sierra's softball team rapped out 10 hits, but only one of them drove in runs.
Just two contests into the season, East Union's boys tennis team has already matched its Valley Oak League win total from a year ago.
WESTON RANCH - Antonio Joseph hurt Edison with his arm as much as he did with his bat Tuesday.
Nick Gonzales and Kenny Summers shared medalist honors, and Manteca High's golf team evened its Valley Oak League record to 1-1 with a 248-272 win against Ceres.
The Ripon Christian boys basketball team's 68-64 overtime loss to Victory Christian in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V finals at Arco Arena Friday didn't prove too costly for seeding purposes in the California Interscholastic Federation State Championships.
It could have been the unusually cold weather, or the lack of practice time outdoors because of the recent rainstorms.
Manteca's baseball team again pitched well enough to win, but lapses elsewhere led to another non-league loss, this time by a tough-to-swallow 3-2 margin in eight innings to visiting Pitman of Turlock Monday.
Not this time.
The Ripon Christian boys basketball team overcame Turlock Christian's considerable size advantage for a second time with Tuesday's commanding 64-51 triumph.
RIPON - Amber Hilvers searched for the words, trying her hardest not to sound disrespectful.
All that matters is who leads at the end. For the Ripon Christian girls' basketball team, that is a good thing.
Lathrop junior Isaiah Ellis put on a show in front of the home crowd Friday night.
In a game that featured a head-to-head showdown between the Valley Oak League's two best senior post players, it was the guards who made the difference.
Weston Ranch put Friday's Valley Oak League ball game against Sierra solely in the hands of standout sophomore Jaelen Ragsdale.
Don't let the records fool you.
RIPON – Tiana Chacon has been an All-Trans Valley League first-team third baseman the past two seasons.
Jan. 15 seems so long ago for Sierra's girls basketball team.
The last time East Union and Oakdale got together, the Lancers' head coach Jim Agostini referred to it as one of the hardest losses the program has experienced.
Weston Ranch punctuated the game with a 9-0 run and avoided an upset loss at Lathrop 63-52 on Thursday.
By JAMES BURNS
Mikey Villanueva was down and almost out during Wednesday's Valley Oak League double dual at Dalben Center.
Sierra is going to the show.