The bright spots were few and far between for East Union head volleyball coach Eryn Bowers following a 25-12, 20-25, 25-18, 25-22 win over Johansen Wednesday night at Dalben Center, but a win is a win, and the Lancers will take it.
OAKDALE - Ripon got an outstanding look at Oakdale last weekend in Reno, the site of the High Sierra Invitational, and even beat the Mustangs in Nevada, but an erratic effort Wednesday at Oakdale would lead to a 18-25, 25-23, 15-25, 22-25 loss.
WESTON RANCH - Coming off a 6-0 loss Tuesday, Weston Ranch was looking to rebound Wednesday at home.
After a heartbreaking loss to Weston Ranch a week ago, the Manteca High tennis team came out Tuesday at home intent on turning its fortunes.
RIPON - Bryant Macias twice crouched and buried his face into his hands in disappointment after botching wide-open goal-scoring opportunities when his Ripon Indians hosted Millennium of Tracy for a non-league match Tuesday at Mistlin Park.
The East Union girls golf team shot its low round of the season Tuesday at Manteca Park Golf Course in a 234-289 win over the upstart Buffaloes.
Sierra's youth-laden soccer team is showing signs of improvement under head coach Jose Montes' preferred style of play, but the Timberwolves are still having trouble keeping shots between the posts.
STOCKTON – The Sierra Timberwolves continued their winning ways on the raod Tuesday with a workmanlike 25-13, 25-8, 25-13 sweep of Stagg.
Giovanni Marin turned in a hat trick Manteca's frosh-soph soccer team Tuesday at Curran Park in a 6-1 win over Escalon.
VACAVILLE - Talk about starting off on the right foot.
MODESTO - It was a hot and windy day Saturday at Big Valley Christian, and the Ripon did just about everything right, but in the end a 5-4 shootout loss following a scoreless tie with Vacaville Christian would leave the Indians on the doorstep.
RENO, Nev. - It takes a special volleyball team to be invited to Reno's annual High Sierra Invitational, and every season the Ripon Indians' invitation shows up without fail.
MODESTO - Ripon High kicked off the Big Valley Tournament Friday afternoon at Big Valley Christian with a 4-0 win over Rite of Passage.
LODI - After a sluggish performance against Turlock Christian Thursday night, Ripon Christian was able to pick up the pace against Tokay Friday, but it wouldn't be enough in a 20-25, 17-25, 26-24, 22-25 loss.
Ben Juarez knocked down a jump shot to give Kimball its first lead in the second half with 22 seconds left in Wednesday's crucial Valley Oak League contest at Manteca High's Winter Gym.
With four games left in the regular season, the Sierra Timberwolves appear well on their way towards an outright Valley Oak League title.
LATHROP - After surviving seven lead changes and four ties, host Lathrop ended the first half on a 7-0 run and outscored East Union 22-9 in the third quarter on the way to a 64-48 win in Valley Oak League boys basketball action.
Isela Rivera isn't concerned so much about her place in East Union girls soccer lore, though there have been few as productive as the senior striker.
Having battled back from a 21-point deficit to visiting Lathrop and leading by one with 35 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, Manteca's Jessica Hasal penetrated to the key and then dished out to Allison Rachels on the perimeter. Rachels threw up a 3-pointer and by the time it bounced off the glass and through the net she was picking herself up off the floor with the Buffaloes on the way to a thrilling 54-49 Valley Oak League girls basketball victory at Winter Gymnasium.
STOCKTON - With no true post players on his team, Weston Ranch coach Chris Bauer has challenged the two tallest to be more of a presence in the paint.
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.