It wasn't about revenge.
The head coaches of East Union and Sierra's football teams aren't downplaying the significance of their Week-5 contest.
And Ripon High takes the lead.
Sonora is one of those bubble teams that worry the Valley Oak League's contenders.
In need of a confidence boost, Ripon High's volleyball team got just that in Wednesday's sweep of Hughson on the road.
It had been nearly five years since Manteca High's volleyball team had beaten intra-city rival Sierra.
Five-game matches are nothing new to Weston Ranch this year.
Monday's Valley Oak League contest between Lathrop and host Manteca High was a showcase of freshman phenoms.
RIPON - Ripon High was hardly challenged in racking up the last five championships in the Trans-Valley League.
Manteca Futbol Club's under-9 and -10 girls soccer teams opened NorCal Premier State Cup play with wins Sept. 18 at Woodward Park.
East Union is now in first place in the Valley Oak League and has Sonora sophomore goalkeeper Andrew Klatt to thank.
The Lathrop High varsity volleyball club got some extra court time last Saturday in Tracy.
East Union's sophomore football team made it clear from the start what it was going to try and do at Lathrop High Friday.
It took less than a minute of game time for Oakdale High's freshman football team to take control of its Valley Oak League opener at Sierra Thursday.
LATHROP -East Union head coach Willie Herrera was in search of some leaders on the team at the start of the season.
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.