Only a select few are still dropping perspiration on the mats in hopes of continuing a season-long journey. For some the journey has been a success by still being alive, but for one of the highly-touted wrestlers in the Sac-Joaquin Section, anything short of a title would be a letdown.
It took three quarters for Kiwi Gardner to take over.
East Union and Ripon Christian's girls basketball teams are heavy underdogs in their Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs second-round contests tonight.
COLFAX – After giving Sac-Joaquin Division IV top seed Colfax an early 11 point lead in the first quarter, the visiting Ripon Indians simply couldn't overcome the margin in their first-round playoff appearance.
RIPON – After sprinting out of the gate to an early 10-point lead, the Ripon Christian Knights started putting all of the pieces together in their Sac-Joaquin Section Division V playoff opener Wednesday against visiting Stone Ridge Christian (12-10) of Merced.
Manteca High's girls soccer team opened the season in impressive fashion but could not hold on in a 3-1 home loss to Lodi Wednesday.
LOOMIS - Leading scorer Aaron Hendricks was out for Wednesday's Sac-Joaquin Section Division III postseason opener against No. 14 Sierra, but No. 3 Del Oro still had little trouble in advancing with a 69-39 victory.
Clipping a double-digit deficit to five points to close out the third period seemingly put the Rio Americano girls basketball team in position to continue its season. Yet a perfectly executed defensive shutout in the fourth quarter proved to be the end of the Raider's year in their 54-43 Sac-Joaquin Section Division III Tournament loss to East Union Tuesday at the Dalben Center.
FAIRFIELD - With head coaching duties split between assistant coach Garrett Tolman, boys head coach Dave Asuncion and athletic director Ron Inderbitzin, Manteca High's girls basketball team struggled to keep up with highly-favored Vanden in a 71-25 loss in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs Tuesday.
The good news for East Union High's girls basketball team is that its loss to rival Manteca in the regular-season finale last Thursday didn't bump it low enough in the Division III seedings for a possible second-round matchup with the nation's top-ranked team in St. Mary's.
A 13-game-winning streak to end the regular season wasn't good enough for Manteca High's boys basketball team to get a favorable seed for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs.
• Division III boys: No. 16 Hogan at No. 1 Sacramento, No. 9 Foothill at No. 8 Lincoln, No. 12 Livingston at No. 5 Rio Americano, No. 13 El Dorado at No. 4 St. Mary's, No. 14 Sierra at No. 3 Del Oro, No. 11 Pioneer at No. 6 Center, No. 10 Placer at No. 7 Manteca, No. 15 Sonora at No. 2 Vista del Lago.
MODESTO - East Union High's girls soccer team had a strong showing its first non-league match of the season Monday, battling Central Catholic to a 0-0 tie.
Four area wrestlers closed out the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Wrestling Championships with an opportunity to win titles, but all came up short yet will continue their season by advancing to the Masters Wrestling Tournament next weekend in Stockton.
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.
LATHROP - Lathrop couldn't overcome five errors and Patterson's 14 hits in a 14-4, six-inning loss Wednesday.
RIPON – Ripon's Trans Valley League opener didn't pan out well for the Indians Wednesday evening at Stouffer Field.
Ripon Christian's girls basketball team was victimized by a poor shooting night in the opening round of the CIF Northern California Regional Championships on Wednesday.