The week off from school and Valley Oak League action may have done East Union's volleyball team more harm than good.
Maturity, discipline and confidence - three things that coach Eric Zador said have been missing from his young Ripon High water polo team this season.
TRACY - Two of the Valley Oak League's top young quarterbacks were supposed to square off at Don Nicholson Stadium Friday in a battle of two 1-6 squads.
Five-time Valley Oak League girls golf champion East Union had its primary six players earn all-conference honors.
RIPON - Ripon High's ragtag water polo team is making quite the splash in its first year in the Valley Foothill Conference.
Manteca High's football team is the only one representing seven area schools to have clinched a Sac-Joaquin Section playoff berth so far.
One down, three to go.
RIPON - Hughson moved the ball at will, using its possession skills and an offensive posture to keep Ripon High's boys soccer team on its heels in their big Trans-Valley League confrontation at Ripon Elementary Tuesday.
The coveted NAG-1 plate is now within sight for young Dominic Duran.
It looked as if it was going to come down to the No. 3 doubles match.
The week off from school has thrown Manteca High's volleyball team out of sync, not that it would have mattered for Tuesday's Valley Oak League match with visiting Oakdale.
Alina Coronado and Kareena Escartin scored two goal apiece to anchor the under-14 Fury girls' 6-0 drubbing of the Breakers in Manteca Area Soccer League action Saturday.
Everything appears to be falling into place for Manteca High's suddenly-hot boys soccer team.
The 2011 rendition of East Union High's girls golf team may not be as talented as its recent predecessors.
The Sac-Joaquin Section released its midseason playoff power ratings for volleyball Monday, and to no one's surprise Ripon Christian is No. 1 in Division V.
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.