What readers are saying on The Bee's forum at forums.modbee.com:
Ripon's volleyball team might just be the best in the Stanislaus District, and could be for a while. The JV team is pretty good, too:
"Congrats to the Ripon JV volleyball team on winning the Lincoln High School JV Tournament this past weekend. They went 7-0 and did not lose a single game. They beat Lodi in the final 25-14, 25-18. Solid performances from Cheyanne, Sarah, and Coryn, along with all the other members of the team! The team is 9-0. They beat Sonora in their season opener 25-12, 25-10, and Oakdale 25-12, 25-6, before playing the tournament." sports fan1
The Bee's Game of the Week is Patterson at Escalon, two football teams who have played five times the last three years -- twice in the section playoffs:
"I would be shocked if Escalon keeps it close with Patterson this season. I would pick Escalon over Central Catholic this season, but not over Patterson. At least a two-touchdown spread if Escalon plays their best." playoffs06
TOP OF THE DAY
Cross country takes center stage on the east side of the county, with the Hughson Invitational beginning at 3 p.m.
Two of the region's top tennis programs meet when Turlock plays St. Mary's at Oak Park in Stockton. Both teams have hopes of advancing through the playoffs and this should be one of the top regular-season matches this fall.
Christian Brothers and Ripon met in last year's Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV volleyball final, with the Sacramento-based parochial school winning. The Indians get a shot at revenge, hosting the Falcons at 6:30 p.m.
Le Grand at Denair, 3:45 p.m.; Merced at Buhach Colony, Los Banos at Golden Valley, Pitman at Turlock, 4 p.m.; Ripon at Modesto Christian, Escalon at Hughson, 4:30 p.m.; Central Catholic at Patterson, 7 p.m.
Turlock, Ceres, Hughson at Hughson Invitational, 3 p.m.; Mother Lode League meet at Summerville, 3:45 p.m.; Central Catholic at Patterson, 4 p.m.
Mariposa at Delhi, 6 p.m.; Christian Brothers at Ripon, Le Grand at Denair, 6:30 p.m.; Orestimba at Livingston, Central Catholic at Patterson, Turlock Christian at Waterford, 7 p.m.; Stagg at Manteca, 7:15 p.m.
Turlock at St. Mary's (Oak Park), 3 p.m.
STATS & STARS
Katie Allen, Modesto Christian volleyball: Swatted 12 kills as the Crusaders won league opener
Caneck Ambriz, Downey soccer: Turned back six shots on goal for his second consecutive shutout, 4-0 over Enochs
Erica Ballard, Hughson golf: After a triple-bogey on the first hole, recovered for a 4-over 40
Estaban Barajas and Daniel Guzman, Gustine soccer: Barajas scored twice and Guzman had eight saves in a 2-0 victory
Jackie Bobson, Modesto water polo: Made eight saves and allowed two goals in MMC opener
Jennifer Cobb, Atwater water polo: Scored four goals in a 7-4 win
Brandon Duncan, Johansen water polo: Six goals in a 14-2 win
Kirsten Locke, Bret Harte golf: Fired a 1-under 30 to lift the Bullfrogs' league record to 5-0
Alexis Flores & Rylee Orozco, Davis WP: Four goals apiece as the Spartans' late rally fell short
Tessa Hanson, Merced WP: Had six goals in Bears' vicory
Mckenzy Harden, Ceres tennis: She swept three singles matches, not dropping a game, as the Bulldogs stayed perfect in the VOL
Vanessa Morales, Golden Valley water polo: Had two goals and five steals in a 13-5 win
Jessica McDonald, Riverbank volleyball: Had five kills, 11 assists and eight aces
Juli Powell, Oakdale volleyball: Five aces and 13 digs in a 3-0 sweep of Pitman
Christine Uhalde, Johansen golf: Shot a 1-over 37 as the Vikings gained a share of fist place
T.J. VanderVeen, Modesto soccer: Scored five goals as the Panthers bounced back from conference-opening defeat