Manteca High coach Tim Horning sat at the end of the bench, head buried into his hands while his players settled into their seats on the other end of the court between the second and third games.
WESTON RANCH – This Valley Oak League season had been full of firsts for the Weston Ranch Cougars, and if the season were to end today they would be in first-place. But the team's business is far from done, as it took a gigantic step towards their goal with a 3-2 win over Sierra High Tuesday.
Ripon Christian's first stint through the Southern League has become as routine as bumping, setting and spiking.
The Southern League has not treated its newest member too kindly, as the Ripon Christian Knights ran into another one-sided defeat, 8-1 against visiting Gustine Tuesday.
The Manteca High cross-country team made a trip to the coast for the 39th Annual Half Moon Bay Artichoke Cross Country Invitational Saturday, competing against several programs at Half Moon Bay High.
After getting pushed round in two losses to start the match, East Union held a five-point lead with five points to go but couldn't finish the deal in a 3-0 loss to the visiting Oakdale Mustangs Thursday at the Dalben Center.
Weston Ranch mounted spirited comebacks in the first three games, but when intra-district host Sierra High attempted its own in the fourth the Cougars calmly put the finishing touches in their thrilling victory - 25-23, 24-26, 26-24, 25-19.
Manteca High still hasn't gotten over the hump, but coach Tim Horning saw some encouraging things out of his team in a three-game loss - 19-25, 12-25, 18-25 - to Valley Oak League defending champion Sonora Thursday at Winter Gym.
At this point, Ripon High will take goals any way it can get them.
East Union went to work on the Old River Golf Course front nine, beating the Jaguars 220-330 in their Valley Oak League meeting Thursday.
The East Union High varsity girls golf squad improved to 7-0 in the Valley Oak League, defeating Sonora Wednesday at the Manteca Park Golf Course.
East Union High varsity boys soccer squad maintained its first-place hold Wednesday in the Valley Oak League by blanking Sonora, 3-0.
MODESTO – The Sierra High varsity girls cross country team led the pack at Wednesday's Valley Oak League meet at Legion Park.
There were several stretches during Tuesday's Sierra-Manteca volleyball match when the two teams would exchange unforced errors, essentially handing each other free points.
RIPON – It may have taken the Ripon Christian Knights a little longer than planned, but the squad's 5-0 Southern League victory over Turlock Christian Tuesday came at the perfect time.
Hairo Silva recorded his second hat trick of the season, and Lathrop needed every single one of those goals to top host Beyer of Modesto 4-3 on Monday.
Ripon got its revenge against neighboring rival Ripon Christian on Saturday, edging the Knights in the championship match of their own tournament, the Ripon Christian Soccer Classic, on Saturday.
The Lathrop sophomores never trailed in a 33-6 win over visiting Liberty Ranch in non-league action Friday night at Bennie Gatto Field.
Manteca High's girls tennis team got some valuable court time and, best of all, new T-shirts in its annual trip to the California Classic in Fresno.
East Union was slow to start for the third straight night.
Sierra missed on several scoring chances in the opening minutes of its nonleague affair with visiting Sonora and paid for it in the end.
Manteca followed up a well-contested loss with its first victory of the season Thursday night at Winter Gym. The Buffaloes swept Patterson, 25-18, 25-22, 25-11.
Alex Gonzales set a personal record with a 7-over-par 38 Thursday at Jack Tone Golf Course, where she helped host Ripon down Valley Foothill League newcomer Sonora, 166-181.
Manteca High striker Marcus Montano trotted off the field with about five minutes left in Wednesday's match.
RIPON - Dani Erdelatz came up big for Ripon Christian on Wednesday night.
It didn't take long for Manteca to bounce from its season-opening loss.
East Union showed signs of its potential in its first match of the season Wednesday, but a lackluster start was too much for the Lancers to overcome in a 3-1 setback at Lodi.
Sierra High athletic director Anthony Chapman announced Tuesday that Vic DeAnda has been named the school's new head softball coach.
Sierra claimed two key doubles matches that went to third sets to clinch a 7-2 victory over visiting East Union in the Valley Oak League opener for both teams.
Ripon High girls golf coach Eric Dambrosio was encouraged by what he saw from his young team in Tuesday's Valley Foothill League North Division opener.