Before Iyana Hughes' heroic base hit lifted Sierra High's softball team to win a 2-1 Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV playoff game against Central Catholic, it took a heroic effort from four Manteca Unified groundskeepers to get the school's varsity field in playing shape Wednesday.
It was as dominant as a 2-0 win could be.
Ripon High's first-round playoff baseball game against Capital Christian of Sacramento was postponed Tuesday morning due to rain.
Manteca High's baseball team made it look easy on Monday.
The Valley Oak League's co-champions swept the major awards in the year-end coaches meeting.
Head coach Nick Olmo said the recent barrage of accolades and attention garnered by his Sierra High softball team has not affected the players.
PATTERSON - East Union freshman Isela Rivera was involved in all of the Lancers' scoring plays in a 3-0 win over Patterson High Thursday, but she wasn't the only youngster who shined at Patterson Community Stadium.
Jim Todd and his coaching staff are turning a positive into a negative.
Allison Walljasper's introduction to the Valley Oak League did not go as well as she had hoped.
For three innings it was smooth sailing for freshman pitcher Allison Walljasper and the Sierra High softball team, and after a few turbulent moments it took one swing of her bat to right the ship.
Ronnie Green had a hand - or foot, rather - on both scoring plays of the revived East Union-Manteca alumni football game Friday at Dino Cunial Field.
STOCKTON - Considering the gusty conditions along with the slippery and unforgiving greens of Brookside Country Club, bogey was a good score on some holes during the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV Tournament Monday.
The East Union and Sierra softball teams will sport a new look today when they clash for their final Valley Oak League season contest.
Ripon High's boys golf team turned in a respectable score Monday in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-V Tournament, but it's not advancing the Indians to Masters.
East Union High sophomore Will Brink was part of a four-way tie for third place in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV Tournament in Stockton's Brookside Country Club Monday. Brink carded a 79 and scored a 5 on the playoff hole to earn one of three SJS Masters Tournament berths. East Union as a team finished in fourth place. For more information and other sports-related content, see today's edition of The Bulletin.
RIPON - The Ripon boys water polo team had shredded Valley Oak League competition leading up to Wednesday's Valley Oak League finale against Sonora, winning each contest by no less than seven goals.
Help is on the way for East Union and Weston Ranch, and just in time for their Week-9 Valley Oak League tussle at Dino Cunial Field.
Ripon can forget about that over-the-top pre-league schedule that led to its 1-4 start.
Mahir Pepic asked Manteca High head coach Rick Cuevas to bark out his time while nearing the 2-mile mark at the Eagal Lakes Resort 3.1-mile course.
Ripon showed no drop off with reserves getting ample playing time in Wednesday's three-game rout (25-11, 25-15, 25-12) of visiting Modesto Christian.
Manteca held its own against Central Catholic and nearly forced a fifth set in a 25-19, 13-25, 21-25, 24-26 Valley Oak League loss Tuesday in Modesto.
Ripon Christian secured the outright claim to the Southern League championship with Tuesday's 2-0 victory at Denair.
Vista del Lago and Christian Brothers players took turns taking pictures with their prizes on the 18th green at Manteca Park Golf Course.
Ripon had two golfers finish in the top 10 in Monday's Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Tournament held at Micke Grove Golf Links, but both played their final round of the season.
It all comes down to Wednesday's winner-take-all Valley Oak League finale between cross-town foes Manteca and East Union.
East Union lined up in victory formation on its own 5, down 35-21 in the final seconds of its intra-city duel at Sierra's Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
Sealy McAdams and Elizabeth Tolbert's last two matches in Thursday's Valley Oak League Doubles Tournament held at East Union had entirely different endings.
Alyssa Burch hosted another block party at Manteca High's Winter Gym on Thursday.
Injury-hampered Ripon gave up two second-half goals by Ulises Ramirez on set pieces and are now in danger of not repeating as league champions no thanks to Thursday's 2-0 loss at Escalon.
East Union considered last week's game with Lathrop to be its "Super Bowl."