Over a 10-day period in the last week and a half, three different girls soccer teams had sole possession of first place in the Valley Oak League, and defending champion Sierra High wasn't one of them heading into Friday's marquee matchup at rival East Union.
Leadoff hitter Iyana Hughes scored both of Sierra's runs early, and Allison Walljasper and the defense took care of the rest in a key 2-1 Valley Oak League win over visiting Oakdale High Thursday.
Nothing is settled yet, and that's exactly how East Union's boys tennis team is playing it as the Valley Oak League season nears the end.
Sam Dhaliwal and Marcus Munoz dropped the deciding sets in Manteca High's two Valley Oak League boys tennis losses, and on Tuesday the No. 2 doubles tandem had an opportunity to make up for it.
Manteca High's girls soccer team got its revenge Monday, beating upstart Kimball of Tracy 3-1 at Guss Schmiedt Field.
It may go down as the longest out of East Union High's baseball season.
East Union High leadoff hitter Justin Dias may have finally busted out of his slump.
RIPON - It didn't take long for the wind to play a role in Thursday's big Southern League match involving Waterford and Ripon Christian.
It's a tied ballgame, there's a runner on third with no out in the bottom of the seventh inning, and No. 9 batter Adrian Valencia had the big boppers behind him in the order itching to drive in the winning run should he fail to do so himself.
East Union fresh-faced freshman forwards Gina Dias and Isela Rivera have already showed the rest of the Valley Oak League why the Lancers are going to be a force to be reckoned with for years.
East Union has been the top softball program for years, but there appears to be a new sheriff in town.
Jillian Goulart and Logan Vos' achievements in high school extend outside the athletic arena.
The coast is far from clear for East Union High's boys tennis team, but the Lancers are liking the spot they're in at the moment.
It appears to be a four-team race for the title and three postseason berths the way the Valley Oak League girls soccer season is shaping up.
Manteca High's softball team hopes last week's discouraging loss to Kimball is fully behind it after beating visiting Lathrop 8-0 Monday.
Sierra was playing its seventh game in as many days Monday.
Shannon Wesley led a balanced attack with nine kills, and Emily O'Brien anchored Ripon's defensive effort as the Indians coasted past visiting Sierra 25-16, 25-7, 25-15 in a nonleague match Monday.
No one drew a tougher assignment to start the Valley Oak League boys soccer season than Manteca.
McKenna Doyle became the third different low medalist of the season for Sierra in the team's fourth Valley Oak League match Monday.
Weston Ranch used a balanced attack while the defense forced five turnovers to upend host Galt 33-20 Friday night at Erv Hatzenbuhler Field.
LATHROP - Ripon showed what it can do against a team of athletes its own size Friday at Lathrop's Bennie Gatto Field.
The Valley Oak League uses a points-based system to determine its MVP.
Manteca registered its second 9-0 win of the week Thursday when it shut out visiting East Union in Valley Oak League action.
Los Banos checked into its nonleague match with visiting East Union holding a deceiving 4-6 record.
The Lathrop and Ripon football teams are at a crossroads heading into their pivotal Week 2 matchup at Bennie Gatto Field.
Manteca and Sierra are looking to carry undefeated records going into their bye week and Valley Oak League schedule, but standing in the way are upset-minded opponents looking to make a splash of their own.
Ripon Christian laughs last.
East Union's grueling opening week of the season may have done it some good.
Sierra's girls golf team opened the Valley Oak League with a statement Tuesday at Dryden Park Golf Course in Modesto.
East Union's 8-1 victory, its first of the Valley Oak League season, looks one-sided at the surface, but visiting Lathrop made the Lancers work for it on Tuesday.