The enormity of Monday's Valley Oak League all-important showdown with visiting Oakdale didn't do the trick.
Another year, another undefeated regular season for Sierra High doubles standout Stephanie Vanni.
East Union High has been so dominant this year that next week's Valley Oak League Championships is merely a formality. Even a third-place finish would be enough to clinch the girls golf powerhouse its fourth straight title.
RIPON - From the defensive endline to the midfield stripe, Ripon High played near flawless soccer during a key Trans Valley League match against Escalon at Mistlin Sports Complex.
Manteca High was taking the better shots, but the host Sierra Timberwolves was making theirs.
Don't expect much traffic within city limits Friday night.
East Union High's soccer team was on solid ground as the Valley Oak League's first-place team going into the week.
rra High coach Jose Montes is rolling with a new formation that forces his players to play ball-control soccer on the attacking third rather than having one or two try to do it themselves.
Manteca High has been at its best in the second half of its big games this season, while Sierra tends to struggle over the final 24 minutes.
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.
East Union graduate Jason Cortez Jr. and Nico Lozada didn't take long to get acquainted in a co-feature bout for The Titans Cage 7 event held at McClellan Conference Center in Sacramento this past Saturday.
Ripon rallied for seven runs in the first two innings and never looked back in a 10-2 rout of host Riverbank on Tuesday.
The Sierra High boys track and field team are in line to capture its first Valley Oak League championship since 2011.
Desperate for a spark in the offensive third, Ripon coach Jamie DeBruyn has looked to a defender and a goalie for help as the Trans-Valley League race for three postseason berths heads down the final stretch.
Donning pink jerseys, Manteca blanked Lathrop 3-0 in the annual Kicking for the Cure game hosted at Guss Schmiedt Field on Tuesday night.
East Union may be peaking at just the right time.
Two big wins from the bottom half of its singles ladder propelled Manteca High's boys tennis team to a pivotal 6-3 win over visiting Sonora on Monday.
The area's two best offensive linemen along with two record-breaking skill position players have been selected to compete in the 41st Central California Lions All-Star Football Game.
Manteca and Oakdale both needed a win, so it's understandable why both were unsatisfied with Monday's result.
Oakdale capitalized on its opportunities and Sierra did not.
With two of their top contributors out, Sierra High's boys swimmers suffered their first defeat of the season by a 99-71 margin at Kimball of Tracy. Kimball's girls also won by the same score.
Ripon's defense hadn't given up more than two goals in a game all season until Friday.
Josh Clark fittingly scored the deciding run on a dropped third strike in the top of the seventh inning, as Ripon avoided an upset at Modesto Christian with a 7-4 victory Friday.
Oakdale High's recent run of dominance includes seven straight Valley Oak League championships and six Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV titles in that same span.
East Union's playoff chances took a big hit Thursday when it dropped a 5-4 decision to visiting Sonora.