SACRAMENTO - "Tiger Claws" were never unsheathed.
BAKERSFIELD - Bob Blanco theatrical reenactment of a takedown at the edge of the mat inside Rabobank Arena left Sierra High junior Alex Nuanez with a small glimmer of hope, but the official would not change his stance, signaling an end to area wrestling as the last of three Mantecans saw his season come to a close.
SACRAMENTO - It was a bittersweet end to the Ripon Christian boys basketball team's run through the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V playoffs for the Vander Molens.
RIVERBANK – The East Union High softball team opened its season as well as the Ceres Tournament hitting on all cylinders, handling Patterson High 3-1 before taking the nightcap from Modesto Christian 6-1 Friday at Rainbow Fields.
LATHROP – On the back of a strong performance on the mound by Oscar Calix, the Lathrop Spartans erupted for 10 runs in a five-inning rout of Rio Vista for their first varsity win Friday.
The Manteca High varsity soccer team wasted little time separating itself from its opening-round opponent of the 2nd Annual Buffalo Cup, blowing past Los Banos in a hurry with a 7-0 win Friday at Guss Schmiedt Field.
RIPON – Mitchell Evans didn't expect to see his Ripon Indians surrender double-digit runs to Modesto's Central Catholic when they squared off Friday afternoon.
TRACY – The Sierra High swimming program got a convincing 113-57 win over Tracy High on the girls side, but dropped the meet on the boys side 97-73 Friday in non-league action.
Rigid non-conference and Trans Valley League schedules helped Ripon Christian's boys basketball team prepare for the Sac-Joaquin Division V playoffs.
The Valley Oak League's reigning MVP, Kyle Harman, has some competition.
RIVERBANK – The Sierra High varsity softball team came a few minutes short of opening the Ceres Tournament with a pair of wins, but the squad will take a 1-1 start after handling Merced High 3-0 in Thursday at Rainbow Fields.
WESTON RANCH - The next generation of Manteca High boys tennis players are picking up where their predecessors left off.
STOCKTON – Sierra High formed its non-league schedule with a purpose and the squad is not shying away from the top Sac-Joaquin Section Division I schools, beating Lincoln 2-0 Thursday for its first win.
MODESTO - The late-winter showers didn't seem to faze Manteca High's baseball team in its season opener in the Johansen Tournament Thursday.
It would be impossible for longtime Sierra High head baseball coach Jack Thomson's work with the Timberwolves baseball program to go unnoticed, and it hasn't, as the Sierra skipper was honored as one of the California Interscholastic Federation's Model Coach Award winners Tuesday.
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.
RIPON – Ripon drew first blood during Wednesday's Trans Valley League matchup against its visiting rival Escalon.
The hardwood version of the Battle of I-5 again did not disappoint wednesday.
Scott Brooks' old East Union basketball jersey will be joined by another this Friday night when the Lancers host crosstown rival Manteca.
ESCALON - Twenty-point leads aren't safe when Escalon and Ripon get together for their Trans-Valley League confrontations.
STOCKTON - Weston Ranch no longer sits alone atop the girls Valley Oak League basketball standings.
East Union was already down a starter who was out with an illness.
The Weston Ranch girls basketball roster has dwindled down to eight for the remainder of the season, but one key addition has the Cougars on pace for their first-ever VOL championship in their 10th season.
Ripon Christian's girls basketball has dominated second quarters of late.
RIPON – Despite Ripon going scoreless for over a 10-minute stretch Saturday night, the Indians still had a chance to knock down a game-winning trey as time expired - but it was never hoisted.