RIPON – The Notre Dame Spirits fought valiantly to keep their 2009 season alive, but the Ripon Indians would have no such thing, finishing off the Spirits' season by winning in four in the CIF State Volleyball Championship semi-finals at Ripon High.
FRESNO – Only a select few had the privilege of grinding out another race during t the CIF State Cross Country Championships at Woodward Park Saturday and Sierra High senior John Bowers was the only Manteca area athlete to make the cut.
On the last big play of a game full of them, Jarrod Daniels made a statement while sealing Sierra High's thrilling 40-39 victory over No. 6 Benicia Friday at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
Offense might win games, but it was defense that allowed Sierra to hold off a prolific Benicia passing attack that was unlike anything the team has seen so far this year.
It's one thing to run the opposing team's offense during scout-team practice, and it's another guiding a team to a second-round Sac-Joaquin Section Division III Football playoff victory.
Fortunes have followed the Ripon High volleyball team for the majority of its 2009 season, but the squads' blessings took new heights when its second-round opponent, Notre Dame High of Salinas, knocked off No. 2 seed Salesian, handing the Indians home court advantage for the CIF NorCal Championship match Saturday.
The Sierra Timberwolves have reason to be thankful.
Shalane Jackson gave a nice glimpse of what to expect from her sophomore season, leading East Union High to a season-opening 49-34 win over the visiting Bear Creek Bruins Wednesday at the Dalben Center.
The loss of record-holding goal scorer Eric Cavanaugh had little effect on Ripon this season.
RIPON - Ripon Christian showed it more than deserved its berth into the CIF Northern California Division V State Volleyball Championships, yet the Knights were unable to extend their magical season after a four-game loss (11-25, 25-22, 13-25 and 18-25) to Castilleja of Palo Alto.
COTTONWOOD - The trip ended up being much longer than the match.
STOCKTON – The Weston Ranch Cougars had a strong sense of how they wanted their season to get underway, but the McNair Eagles had a different agenda beating the Cougars 54-50 in both teams' season opener.
Tiger Shelton sees Ripon Christian's first-round draw in the CIF State Northern California Championships as a good news-bad news proposition.
Friday's Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoff opener between No. 8 Manteca and No. 9 Casa Roble at Guss Schmiedt Field didn't start out to be the game it was anticipated to be.
Ripon and Ripon Christian's boys golf teams continued their early-season streak of good play Monday in the Yellow Jacket Invitational hosted by Hilmar High at Stevinson Ranch Golf Club.
The Ripon High softball team will take some momentum going into Tuesday's Trans-Valley League opener against Escalon.
Sierra sophomore goalie Emma Broderick didn't let the pressure of an overtime shootout take over during the championship of the Vern Gebhardt Cup against Tracy at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium Saturday.
RIPON - Teagan Manus was dribbling a ball with her hands just a couple of days ago.
WESTON RANCH – Kimball's Samantha Sarmiento and Llesenia Torres were primarily responsible for dealing Weston Ranch a 9-3 loss to open up Valley Oak League play on Friday.
East Union sophomore catcher Alejandra Rascon continued her stellar hitting during Friday's Valley Oak League opener against Lathrop at the Northgate Softball Complex.
The Sierra girls soccer squad won both of its games during the opening rounds of the Timberwolves' Vern Gebhardt Cup Friday, capped by a 3-1 victory over Buhach Colony of Atwater.
Sierra continued to bomb away Friday in a nonleague game at Gregori.
It's been a trial-by-fire process for Alexis Erich's fledgling varsity career as the ace pitcher for East Union.
Ripon senior Mackenzie Gauden threw a complete game, three-hit shutout with seven strikeouts and no walks on Thursday afternoon.
The Manteca baseball team showcased its talent and potential Thursday during a non-league contest against visiting Ceres.
Sierra brought the bats out during Thursday's preseason road matchup against Escalon.
Sonora's statement was made loud and clear at Manteca Park Golf Course on Thursday.
East Union continued its shutout streak to start the season, improving to 3-0 overall with its 8-0 rout at Lathrop in the Valley Oak League opener for both clubs.
Allie Walljasper was not about to strike out 22 and lose, but Tracy did not make it easy.