Ann McFerran was intentionally kept out of the loop.
It was a game of inches (and pounds): Manteca High cornerback David Farrington, generously listed at 5-foot-7, 154 pounds, versus behemoth Oakdale fullback A.C. Brown - all 6-2, 215 pounds of him.
LATHROP - No playoff berth, no problem.
Jose Montes was spared the Gatorade bath on a cold Thursday afternoon.
When was the last time all three Manteca schools were in the playoffs for football?
WESTON RANCH - Weston Ranch countered Sierra High's big comeback with one of its own.
The enormity of Monday's Valley Oak League all-important showdown with visiting Oakdale didn't do the trick.
Another year, another undefeated regular season for Sierra High doubles standout Stephanie Vanni.
East Union High has been so dominant this year that next week's Valley Oak League Championships is merely a formality. Even a third-place finish would be enough to clinch the girls golf powerhouse its fourth straight title.
RIPON - From the defensive endline to the midfield stripe, Ripon High played near flawless soccer during a key Trans Valley League match against Escalon at Mistlin Sports Complex.
Manteca High was taking the better shots, but the host Sierra Timberwolves was making theirs.
Don't expect much traffic within city limits Friday night.
East Union High's soccer team was on solid ground as the Valley Oak League's first-place team going into the week.
rra High coach Jose Montes is rolling with a new formation that forces his players to play ball-control soccer on the attacking third rather than having one or two try to do it themselves.
Manteca High has been at its best in the second half of its big games this season, while Sierra tends to struggle over the final 24 minutes.
Lathrop High's baseball team hosted a two-day, four-team jamboree and came away with its first win of 2014. The Spartans held off Ripon 6-4 in their morning game Saturday but came up short against Edison, 3-1.
Lucas Vaughn struck out the first five batters he faced and was a pitch away from a five-inning perfect game in Manteca's 10-0 drubbing of visiting Modesto Christian.
Manteca High's girls soccer team coasted into the semifinal round of its own Buffalo Cup tournament with Friday's 8-0 rout of Riverbank.
Manteca High's boys tennis team competed well despite missing two of its top players in the opening day of the California Classic held at various sites in the Fresno area.
Danelle Bishop continues to win at the next level.
Scheduling conflicts and other factors forced Manteca High girls soccer coach Justin Coenenberg to shrink the Buffalo Cup tournament field back down to eight.
The East Union boys tennis team showed little rust in its first Valley Oak League match of the season Thursday, downing visiting Oakdale, 7-2.
East Union's rebuilding boys golf team suffered a heartbreaking loss at Oakdale Golf & Country Club on Thursday, falling to host Oakdale High, 250-251.
Matt Rose led five Sierra players who produced sub-50 scores in a 217-317 win over visiting Weston Ranch on Wednesday.
By JONAMAR JACINTO
Weston Ranch put together a solid all-around effort in its season-opener at Stagg on Wednesday, winning decisively, 8-1.
Neil MacDannald is perfect so far in his return to the dugout as Manteca High's head baseball coach, though things didn't always go perfectly in the Buffaloes' season opener against visiting Beyer on Tuesday.
Manteca High's boys tennis team is looking to reclaim the throne in the Valley Oak League.
Sierra bounced back from its season-opening loss with its commanding 12-1 five-inning victory at Johansen (Modesto) on Tuesday. The Timberwolves were coming off Monday's 9-2 road defeat to Turlock.
Sierra Downum had a foot in both of Lathrop's goals in a 2-0 shutout at Pacheco of Los Banos on Tuesday.