Eleven 5-5 teams qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs in the Division I-IV brackets.
The Eagles went 4-0 in the year-end tournament Saturday and Sunday to capture the Manteca Area Soccer League under-10 boys title at Woodward Park. The league also celebrated its 30-year anniversary over the weekend.
The Manteca FC under-12 girls soccer team captured the NorCal Premier Cross-Regional Championships with its 6-1 drubbing of El Dorado United SC Eclipse.
The final kick is near for area cross country teams.
Just two days before Sierra's Valley Oak League finale against visiting Weston Ranch Friday, star running back Anthony Cota was in street clothes at practice with a cast protecting his left forearm.
The Marin brothers played their final soccer game together for Manteca High Thursday in the Buffaloes' Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV out-bracket playoff match with visiting Livingston.
Tuesday's wins turned out to be big for the East Union and Manteca volleyball teams.
There will be no surprises when Livingston's boys soccer team visits Manteca High in today's Sac-Joaquin Division-IV playoffs out-bracket game.
Every other year the Sierra-Weston Ranch football rivalry game has meant something for one team or the other.
Two Manteca area teams are in, and three others are on the bubble.
By JONAMAR JACINTO
Kimball put a scare into Manteca High the last time the two met for a Valley Oak League volleyball match.
Ripon Christian's volleyball team completed a second-straight 14-0 run through the Southern League following its four-game victory at Mariposa.
Advancing to the NorCal tournament would have been a long shot for East Union High's girls golf team.
Jasmine Sandhu admitted that the pressure got to her in the early going.
Sierra proved up to the challenge in its Valley Oak League encounter with visiting Weston Ranch on Friday.
Valley Oak League-leading Sierra took Lathrop's best punch and cruised to a 65-59 victory Thursday night.
RIPON - Riverbank survived a second-half charge from Ripon and escaped with a 43-39 overtime win in a pivotal duel between the Trans-Valley League's first-place teams.
STOCKTON - East Union came prepared for a track meet but left the sprint spikes at home.
Emery Sipe's conventional 3-point play with 1.4 seconds to go lifted host Oakdale to a dramatic 39-37 win over Lathrop on Wednesday.
In a first-place battle of teams with similar strengths, experience and Hunter Johnson proved to be the difference for reigning Valley Oak League champion Sierra.
Jourdy Richter drained five 3s and scored a season-high 22 points, and the Ripon girls basketball team had its best offensive game of the season in a 66-26 thrashing of visiting Hilmar on Tuesday.
Ripon Christian boys basketball coach Ron Vander Molen employed various zone defenses with hopes of neutralizing visiting Riverbank's speed advantage in their Trans-Valley League contest Tuesday.
No one will ever accuse a Scott Thomason-led team of looking past anybody.
RIPON - Mario Roach considers Ripon an "up-and-down" team that forces a frenetic pace with defensive pressure and constant movement on offense.
Olivia Vezaldenos broke out of a recent scoring slump Friday and led East Union to a 46-38 win over visiting Lathrop at Dalben Center.
Marcus Montano and the Manteca boys basketball team couldn't make a shot in the first quarter.
Sierra can now center its focus on the big games to come after steamrolling Kimball 59-38 on Thursday.
Ripon coach George Contente tested his team with a rugged schedule in the first month of the season, and it paid off in the Indians' Trans-Valley League opener Thursday.
Jessica Pablo missed East Union's final six pre-league contests after rolling an ankle in a game at Sonora.