To say the Sierra Timberwolves are playing good soccer at this point in the season would be quite the understatement.
RIPON - Michael Donaldson put a preseason's worth of frustration into his final pitch - a game-ending strike on a 2-2 fastball that Modesto Christian's Devan Brown, caught off balanced after swinging on consecutive curveballs earlier in the at-bat, looked at.
CERES - Less isn't more in swimming.
ELK GROVE - Smarting from Thursday's 10-0 Sacramento Tournament of Champions-opening loss to powerhouse Oak Ridge of El Dorado Hills, the two-time defending Sac-Joaquin Section Division II champion, East Union coach Brian Goulart was curious to see how his team would rebound with a healthy lineup.
STOCKTON - On Monday he did it with his bat.
OAKDALE - For anyone that hasn't experienced courses like the ones offered at Oakdale and Sonora, the learning curve is steep.
C.J. Rivas was unstoppable at the plate Friday for the Manteca sophomore baseball team in a five-inning 15-3 drubbing of Chavez.
MODESTO - They call Tom Moore, the late meet director of the former Modesto Relays, the "Grandfather of district track and field."
Apparently the Lancers are charitable sorts.
BAKERSFIELD - Down 3-2 with 20 seconds remaining in his first match Saturday at the California Interscholastic Federation State Championships, Ryan Mackey had little choice but to shoot.
After Manteca let a 1-1 deadlock slip away to Pioneer, 4-2, on penalty kicks, the tournament host wrapped the 1st Annual Buffalo Cup with a nice 3-0 win over Hilmar to finish third overall Saturday afternoon at Guss Schmiedt Field.
SACRAMENTO - Sierra High moved to 7-0-1 on the season by winning the Folsom Challenge Cup in Sacramento Saturday.
MODESTO - Back-to-back errors, combined with mostly silent bats spelled doom for East Union in its first contest Saturday at Rainbow Fields, a 6-0 loss to Grace Davis.
BAKERSFIELD - There would be no slow start for Ryan Mackey this time around.
Nobody likes a tie, but nobody was doing much whining about it after Ripon and East Union battled to a 1-1 stalemate at Woodward Park Friday.
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.
After giving up the lead in the fourth quarter Thursday, Sierra bounced back with a 28-yard touchdown pass from Caden Worth to Brandy James with 4:53 showing on the clock and held on for the 12-7 win over visiting Ripon in non-league freshman football action at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
Weston Ranch successfully defended its Stagg Brown and Gold Cup crown on Saturday, securing the championship with a 2-0 win over the host team.
The Ripon and Sierra football teams will rekindle their rivalry in the marquee Zero Week game tonight.
LODI - Leagues are realigned.
Manteca and East Union are out for revenge, while Lathrop's second-year head coach returns to his hometown to lead the Spartans onto familiar grounds.
Brooke Riley stood shoulder to shoulder with a teammate, both staring down the third fairway at Manteca Park Golf Course.
LATHROP – Alfredo Reynaga hasn't wasted any time putting his stamp on the Lathrop High boys soccer program.
Weston Ranch isn't going to surprise anybody this year.
Ripon Christian has re-established itself as a force among Sac-Joaquin Section small-school powers following eight straight losing seasons.
The Ripon High boys soccer team didn't just lose the area's top player from a year ago.
Kevin Mendiola wheeled back with his right foot and took the ball off a bounce, sending it crashing into the back of the net.
An undefeated league record and a playoff win would be seen as successful for most teams. Ripon Christian did that in the 2013-2014 season, and for the Knights it was an off year.
In this her 10th year in the Sierra volleyball program, Timberwolves coach Trinity Johnson is looking to improve on last year's 1-13 Valley Oak League record – 3-19 overall – and she is not afraid to think outside the box to do it.