The only thing that could slow down Anthony Cota, Sierra High's dynamic running back, in Friday's Valley Oak League contest with visiting Sonora was a momentary bout with a stomach illness.
The torch was passed on the Manteca High tennis courts on Thursday.
Sierra's 3-1 victory over Sonora on senior night Thursday served two purposes for the Timberwolves, who clinched a postseason berth while jumping into a first-place tie with rival Manteca with two Valley Oak League matches remaining.
Ripon Christian can reach unprecedented heights this Friday.
LATHROP - Drew Erwin is a natural defender, but during Lathrop High's must-win Valley Oak League match with Weston Ranch the target was on him.
A 1-1 tie with Gustine last month was Delhi's only blemish in the Southern League.
Nicholas Gonzalez and Ruben Lopez each scored twice in the second half as Sierra's boys soccer team blew past host Kimball 6-2 in Valley Oak League action Monday.
The Ripon High and Ripon Christian girls golf teams will be represented in next week's Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Tournament.
Vannida Nguyen finished the Valley Oak League regular season undefeated, and Sierra clinched a No. 2 seed for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II team playoffs with an 8-1 destruction of visiting Kimball on Monday.
Twenty five points were not enough in Sierra's Valley Oak League showdown with visiting Lathrop on Monday.
It's never an easy game at Sonora High's Dunlavy Field for opposing teams, especially when the Wildcats are celebrating homecoming.
Oakdale High got all it needed with a 28-point outburst in the opening quarter before letting the reserves take over from there in a 54-6 drubbing of East Union Friday at The Corral.
An action-packed 3-3 tie felt like a win for both Manteca High and visiting rival Sierra at Guss Schmiedt Field Friday night.
RIPON - Ripon High's rematch with Escalon didn't last as long as their Trans-Valley League opener back on Sept. 18, but second-year coach Adrienne Uecker came away more satisfied with Thursday's effort.
Manteca faces a must-win situation in Sonora on Friday, when the Buffaloes tangle with a squad just as desperate for a victory.
Manteca carried the frustrations of two close losses to Central Catholic into the season, using it as motivation to return to championship form.
There's no such thing as a down year for Escalon, says Ripon head coach Chris Musseman.
MODESTO - Manteca was able to slug it out with Central Catholic in Friday's anticipated clash of Valley Oak League heavyweights at David Patton Field.
RIPON - The Ripon High boys water polo team's streak of Valley Oak League victories came to an end Thursday at Ervin Zador Aquatic Center.
Gino Campiotti remembers his first varsity encounter with Central Catholic, and not too fondly.
Isaiah Sholund is the hard-charging bull who wears down defenses in the fourth quarter.
Scheduling may have conspired against Manteca leading up to its pivotal Valley Oak League duel with rival Sierra on Thursday.
Mark Vicente and the Sierra Timberwolves continued their late-game wizardry in last week's heart-stopping 37-36 overtime win over visiting East Union.
A longtime tradition has turned into a weekly feast for Manteca.
Tawny Deerinck got to match her teammates' jersey tops for a change Monday when she and the Buffaloes from Manteca visited rival East Union.
Another week, another shutout for undefeated Manteca.
East Union coach Kim Brooks urged her setter to ramp up the pace of the attack against host Sierra on Thursday.
Seth Davis won't be able to make Manteca High's homecoming game Friday at Guss Schmiedt Field.
Jack Weaver statistically had his least impressive outing of the season last Friday.
RIPON - Everything was going Mariposa's way at the start of its Southern League showdown of defending co-champions at Ripon Christian on Monday.