Sonora is one of those bubble teams that worry the Valley Oak League's contenders.
In need of a confidence boost, Ripon High's volleyball team got just that in Wednesday's sweep of Hughson on the road.
It had been nearly five years since Manteca High's volleyball team had beaten intra-city rival Sierra.
Five-game matches are nothing new to Weston Ranch this year.
Monday's Valley Oak League contest between Lathrop and host Manteca High was a showcase of freshman phenoms.
RIPON - Ripon High was hardly challenged in racking up the last five championships in the Trans-Valley League.
Manteca Futbol Club's under-9 and -10 girls soccer teams opened NorCal Premier State Cup play with wins Sept. 18 at Woodward Park.
East Union is now in first place in the Valley Oak League and has Sonora sophomore goalkeeper Andrew Klatt to thank.
The Lathrop High varsity volleyball club got some extra court time last Saturday in Tracy.
East Union's sophomore football team made it clear from the start what it was going to try and do at Lathrop High Friday.
It took less than a minute of game time for Oakdale High's freshman football team to take control of its Valley Oak League opener at Sierra Thursday.
LATHROP -East Union head coach Willie Herrera was in search of some leaders on the team at the start of the season.
Ripon High's fantastic start to the season was derailed by a 49-13 loss to host Hilmar Friday in a battle between two Trans-Valley League contenders.
Ripon High's boys soccer team followed up a phenomenal defensive effort with a lackluster one.
Sierra High showed it's ready to make a run at the Valley Oak League's top three girls golf programs Thursday.
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.
STOCKTON - Sierra lost three NCAA Division I scholarship players to graduation over the past two years, while Nick Olmo stepped down as the winningest coach in program history.
Sierra's Scott Tolman and Ripon freshman phenom Ty Wells have set themselves up to earn berths to the first-ever CIF State Swimming Championships with their efforts in the Sac-Joaquin Section Boys Trials on Friday.
STOCKTON - Perhaps the only thing that could cool off Sierra's sizzling bats was the rain.
The Valley Oak League's top girls swim team was well represented in the Sac-Joaquin Section Girls Trials Thursday at Tokay High in Lodi.