Area youth will have an opportunity to meet and pick up some tips from Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Scott Brooks in two weeks.
Ripon High's Justin Scott was voted Pitcher of the Year in the Trans Valley League, after helping the Indians finish second in the conference.
Two things influenced Terri Hauck's decision to start the Lancer Youth Track and Field Club - the first of its kind in Manteca.
Five athletes from Manteca will try to accomplish a rare feat in the California Interscholastic Federation State Track and Field Championships at Buchanan High's Veterans Memorial Stadium in Clovis Friday and, should they make it, Saturday.
Ty Wells and Darrel Yamamura each won three individual events and were part of two winning relays to lead the Manteca Dolphins in a three-team Mid-Valley Swim League meet at Ripon High Saturday.
LODI - It was only a matter of time that Manteca High's baseball team would break after bending so many times from missed opportunities and crucial mistakes in its first-ever appearance in a Sac-Joaquin Section championship game Monday at Tony Zupo Field.
By JONAMAR JACINTO
SACRAMENTO - Walk across the stage for a high school diploma, or run and jump for a Sac-Joaquin Section Masters medal and a berth to the California Interscholastic Federation State Track and Field Championships?
It was a two-bird, one-stone trip to Ripon for Kevin Lubbers of Trinity Christian College.
The remaining members of Sierra High's senior-loaded boys track and field team and Manteca High's Paul Lyons have accomplished all they have wanted to accomplish up to this point in the season.
Jessie Ochoa drove in Julian Medrano for the game-winning run of the Spreckels Park Little League White Sox's 7-6 win over the Phillies Monday at Brock Elliot School.
A trip to Australia last December proved fruitful for Manteca High senior Matt Burrows.
Despite lacking the numbers of the top programs in the Mid-Valley Swim League, the Manteca Dolphins were still well-represented in Saturday's season opener at West High School.
The Lancer Youth Wrestling Club had eight top-four placers in the San Joaquin Wrestling Association Freestyle Championships Saturday at Livingston High.
LODI - Matt Burrows kept his cool after tempers heated up.
East Union, Ripon and Weston Ranch each garnered their first victory of 2014 last week, but backing it up with another won't be easy as all three hit the road this Friday to meet opponents with winning records.
It was a three-person race for low-medalist honors at Manteca Park Golf Course on Wednesday, where cross-town opponents Manteca and Sierra met for a pivotal Valley Oak League dual match.
Ripon dominated visiting Lodi in a three-game sweep (25-10, 25-14, 25-17) Wednesday.
The Manteca High girls cross country team has some work to do if it wants to keep its spot on the Valley Oak League throne.
RIPON - Despite an aggressive first half, Ripon Christian found itself down by a goal at halftime against visiting Le Grand, the defending Southern League champion.
East Union's girls tennis team relied on its depth to upend visiting Kimball on Tuesday.
The Manteca High girls golf team overcame a strong effort form Oakdale's Dylanie Donahue in a 287-297 victory at Manteca Park Golf Course on Tuesday.
No other Manteca-area volleyball team had a busier pre-league schedule than East Union, a young squad that second-year head coach Rich Posz hopes gained some valuable experience in the last three weeks.
Sierra was playing its seventh game in as many days Monday.
Shannon Wesley led a balanced attack with nine kills, and Emily O'Brien anchored Ripon's defensive effort as the Indians coasted past visiting Sierra 25-16, 25-7, 25-15 in a nonleague match Monday.
No one drew a tougher assignment to start the Valley Oak League boys soccer season than Manteca.
McKenna Doyle became the third different low medalist of the season for Sierra in the team's fourth Valley Oak League match Monday.
Weston Ranch used a balanced attack while the defense forced five turnovers to upend host Galt 33-20 Friday night at Erv Hatzenbuhler Field.
LATHROP - Ripon showed what it can do against a team of athletes its own size Friday at Lathrop's Bennie Gatto Field.
The Valley Oak League uses a points-based system to determine its MVP.