Ashley Duenas had never competed in a doubles match over her four-year varsity career at East Union.
Ryan Torres' best competition came from his teammates in Thursday's Trans-Valley League Cross Country Finals at Tuolumne River Regional Park in Modesto.
The Ripon High boys soccer team's impressive second-half run through the Trans-Valley League ended with a 5-2 victory over Orestimba Thursday at Ripon Elementary.
How about this juicy matchup to kick off the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV football playoffs?
Manteca High prevented East Union from snapping out of a near two-decade long drought of Valley Oak League boys soccer championships on the final game of the regular-season last year.
"Somebody's 'O' has got to go."
Minutes before leaving campus for the Valley Oak League Championships Wednesday, Manteca High cross country coach Rick Cuevas had his runners follow him into Winter Gymnasium for a quick history lesson.
RIPON - It didn't take long for the Ripon High boys soccer team to get Trans-Valley League-leading Riverbank's attention Tuesday at Ripon Elementary.
Expectations are so high for East Union High's girls golf team that its 469 score that was plenty good enough to win the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV Tournament at Lockeford Springs Golf Course Monday wasn't good enough for co-head coach Dennis Wells.
Eddie Lopez of the Manteca Cowboys called Saturday's 44-0 shutout of the Weston Ranch Ravens at Guss Schmiedt Field "as close to a perfect game I have ever coached."
East Union did its part.
Sierra High's girls tennis team started out the Valley Oak League season with one win and four losses.
The week off from school and Valley Oak League action may have done East Union's volleyball team more harm than good.
Maturity, discipline and confidence - three things that coach Eric Zador said have been missing from his young Ripon High water polo team this season.
TRACY - Two of the Valley Oak League's top young quarterbacks were supposed to square off at Don Nicholson Stadium Friday in a battle of two 1-6 squads.
Manteca High's boys and girls swim teams both finish the year 4-4 in the Valley Oak League with wins in their regular-season finale Friday at East Union.
Errors and lost opportunities came back to haunt Sierra in its first-place showdown with Oakdale on Friday.
Lathrop High's track and field program continued its breakout season Thursday with a varsity split at Sierra, while its frosh-soph teams remain undefeated in the Valley Oak League with one meet to go.
Yok Jing Ma and Mike Lopez went out in style - and as Valley Oak League champions.
Mark Carganilla had already earned an academic scholarship and was accepted by Pacific University with an eye on the private school's popular exercise science program.
Only one goal was scored the last time the Southern League's reigning girls soccer co-champions met.
Ilena Rivera's hat trick powered East Union to a 3-0 win at Central Catholic on Wednesday, and the victory clinches a second-straight outright title in the Valley Oak League for the Lancers.
Weston Ranch junior Jordan Severin didn't know he was going to get the starting nod until about 30 minutes before throwing the first pitch in Wednesday's Valley Oak League tilt with visiting Kimball.
The East Union track and field team won at every level in a Valley Oak League dual meet with visiting Central Catholic on Wednesday.
Yok Jing Ma won't get another crack at Kimball standout Garrett Chun.
The tone was set on the first race of the day.
Central Catholic, East Union and Oakdale boast the most accomplished boys golf programs in the Valley Oak League, but the player all others are chasing represents none of those schools.
Only the clock could stop Manteca from scoring in its 9-0 victory over visiting Lathrop on Monday, but the efforts to support young Destiny Herrera is ongoing.
As a multi-sport athlete from the Central Valley who also excels in the classroom, Sierra High senior Hunter Johnson can relate to California Maritime Academy men's basketball head coach Bryan Rooney.
Ripon High senior Nick Sharp successfully defended his championship at the Tracy/West Invitational on Monday, winning a card-off with three other players who finished 1-over-par 73 at Tracy Country Club.