East Union High's Jordan Kron made a splash last year as a freshman athlete making big contributions for the school's varsity basketball and baseball teams.
The Valley Oak League's top girls golf team appears to be getting better.
Weston Ranch High has its first-ever Valley Oak League championship girls tennis team after the Cougars defeated Kimball 4-1at home Thursday.
Ripon High had the shots, but the only ones that matter are the ones that go in.
Co-head coach Brian Goulart was anxious to see how his East Union High girls golf team would perform in Wednesday's Sierra Invitational - the Lancers' first and last 18-hole event of the season before the Valley Oak League Championships.
Eric Reis couldn't wait to watch last week's epic East Union-Sierra rivalry game on film, perhaps more so as a football fan than as Manteca High's head coach scouting for strengths and weaknesses.
Manteca High coach Tim Horning sat at the end of the bench, head buried into his hands while his players settled into their seats on the other end of the court between the second and third games.
Ripon Christian's first stint through the Southern League has become as routine as bumping, setting and spiking.
In a wild back-and-forth battle, Harpreet Dhaliwal and the under-8 boys Lions prevailed 5-3 over the Sharks in Manteca Area Soccer League play Saturday at Woodward Park.
At the midway point of the Valley Oak League boys soccer season, one team has emerged from what was expected to be a crowded race for the title as the frontrunner.
The big-time players made some big-time plays, but an unlikely hero emerged in Sierra High's 30-28 heart-pumping and much-needed win over persistent East Union Friday at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
Weston Ranch mounted spirited comebacks in the first three games, but when intra-district host Sierra High attempted its own in the fourth the Cougars calmly put the finishing touches in their thrilling victory - 25-23, 24-26, 26-24, 25-19.
Manteca High still hasn't gotten over the hump, but coach Tim Horning saw some encouraging things out of his team in a three-game loss - 19-25, 12-25, 18-25 - to Valley Oak League defending champion Sonora Thursday at Winter Gym.
At this point, Ripon High will take goals any way it can get them.
East Union thought it could win its season opener against Beyer at Modesto Junior College Sept. 3.
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.
Ripon High boys golf coach Chris Musseman isn't getting his hopes up just yet, but his team's Trans-Valley League opening win gives him reason for optimism.