RIPON - There were no secrets or surprises when Southern League volleyball rivals Ripon Christian and Turlock Christian squared off for a third time this season Thursday.
Vista del Lago is for real.
Home-field advantage hasn't been advantageous for Manteca High's football team the last two years.
Manteca High's committee approach has worked wonders.
Miguel Barbosa was given a second chance and converted.
The fourth time was the charm for Sierra High's boys soccer team Tuesday.
Just getting to the dance is a banner accomplishment for the East Union and Manteca volleyball teams.
Eleven 5-5 teams qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs in the Division I-IV brackets.
The Eagles went 4-0 in the year-end tournament Saturday and Sunday to capture the Manteca Area Soccer League under-10 boys title at Woodward Park. The league also celebrated its 30-year anniversary over the weekend.
The Manteca FC under-12 girls soccer team captured the NorCal Premier Cross-Regional Championships with its 6-1 drubbing of El Dorado United SC Eclipse.
The final kick is near for area cross country teams.
Just two days before Sierra's Valley Oak League finale against visiting Weston Ranch Friday, star running back Anthony Cota was in street clothes at practice with a cast protecting his left forearm.
The Marin brothers played their final soccer game together for Manteca High Thursday in the Buffaloes' Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV out-bracket playoff match with visiting Livingston.
Tuesday's wins turned out to be big for the East Union and Manteca volleyball teams.
There will be no surprises when Livingston's boys soccer team visits Manteca High in today's Sac-Joaquin Division-IV playoffs out-bracket game.
Sierra's bats started hot, its pitcher got into a groove later and the defense was solid throughout.
Modesto Christian limited Ripon to just four hits, but the Indians took advantage of seven walks and five errors to post a 9-6 Trans-Valley League baseball win in Salida on Tuesday.
The Ripon High coed tennis team got clutch victories from its doubles tandems, and the Indians ended visiting Escalon's Trans-Valley League win streak at 88 with a 5-4 stunner last Friday.
After Monday's results in the Valley Oak League, East Union is once again the team everyone else is chasing.
East Union's week of heartbreaking losses ended with yet another on Friday.
Manteca's softball team came out swinging in Friday's Valley Oak League contest at Oakdale.
Sierra's swimmers are beginning to peak, though it didn't show in the final outcome of their Valley Oak League dual meet with host Oakdale on Friday.
As assistant coach, Vic DeAnda got to see the Sierra's two best softball pitchers go through the program over the past eight years.
The Sierra boys tennis team exacted revenge against visiting cross-town foe East Union on Thursday, winning 5-4 despite dropping the first three singles matches.
The Sierra and Oakdale boys track and field teams battled to a rare draw in a Valley Oak League dual meet on Thursday.
The fun is about to start for Manteca High's girls soccer team.
Ripon didn't need to wait long to find out where it stands in the Trans-Valley League.
Coming off a loss at Oakdale, East Union's boys golf team got back on track Tuesday by routing Manteca 219-275 at Manteca Park Golf Course.
The Ripon boys and girls swim teams tallied their first wins in the Valley Oak League season Tuesday, toppling visiting Weston Ranch. The Indians won every race.
Joshua Patton was named All-Valley Oak League MVP for a second straight season, only this time he gets to share the honor with a friend.