Two Manteca area teams are in, and three others are on the bubble.
By JONAMAR JACINTO
Kimball put a scare into Manteca High the last time the two met for a Valley Oak League volleyball match.
Ripon Christian's volleyball team completed a second-straight 14-0 run through the Southern League following its four-game victory at Mariposa.
Advancing to the NorCal tournament would have been a long shot for East Union High's girls golf team.
Jasmine Sandhu admitted that the pressure got to her in the early going.
A head ball from Maddy Cuculich led to the deciding goal in the Manteca FC Newcastle's run to the Placer United Prestige Cup championship in the under-12 girls "Super" division.
Manteca High's freshman football team is one win away from perfection.
The three high school sophomore football teams in town will have some say in who will be crowned champion of the Valley Oak League later this week.
OAKDALE - The game did not live up to the hype.
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.
Jacob Souza's selfless act led to a Valley Oak League championship for Sierra's baseball team and the Most Valuable Player award.
Jamie DeBruyn takes a defense-first approach to soccer, so it is no surprise that he nominated Ripon High senior defender Zaire Davis for the Trans-Valley League's MVP award.
FAIR OAKS - Anthony Santiago scratched on his final attempt in Friday's Sac-Joaquin Section Division II-III shot put final at Bella Vista High.
Sierra junior Scott Tolman established himself as one of the state's top swimmers Friday at the Clovis Olympic Swim Complex.
There was plenty of star power to go around in the loaded Valley Oak League this past girls soccer season, but one stood above the rest to the coaches.
Ripon freshman Taylor Werner is advancing to the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters track and field meet in three events, while Ellie Waters and Brandon Roma both qualified in two events.
SACRAMENTO - Sierra wasn't at its best in its Sac-Joaquin Section Division III semifinal series with Yuba City, but the Timberwolves' best may not have been good enough.
STOCKTON - Ripon went down swinging against Dixon pitching ace Tyler MacKenzie.
The decorated careers of Mike Lopez and Yok Jing Ma came to an end Tuesday in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II Individual Tournament.
Freshman Taylor Werner was Ripon High's top performer in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV-V Preliminaries Tuesday at CSU Stanislaus.
The East Union softball and Sierra and Ripon baseball teams are all seeking revenge in the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.
The Walljasper family just had a Saturday to remember.
Five months ago, Ronnie Green cobbled together a soccer team consisting of Manteca Unified rivals with a few more from Stockton.
STOCKTON - From milestone wins to program scoring records, Manteca High girls soccer head coach Justin Coenenberg reminded his players of all they've accomplished this season while standing on the center circle at Alex G. Spanos Stadium.
The Ripon and Sierra baseball teams will have to win two straight on the same night to advance to the final round of the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.