Manteca High still hasn't gotten over the hump, but coach Tim Horning saw some encouraging things out of his team in a three-game loss - 19-25, 12-25, 18-25 - to Valley Oak League defending champion Sonora Thursday at Winter Gym.
At this point, Ripon High will take goals any way it can get them.
East Union thought it could win its season opener against Beyer at Modesto Junior College Sept. 3.
Mike James isn't buying the hype. Jeff Harbison is.
There were several stretches during Tuesday's Sierra-Manteca volleyball match when the two teams would exchange unforced errors, essentially handing each other free points.
Manteca High set big goals for itself this season but got off to a rough start in non-league play.
RIPON - Hilmar High's grand return to the Trans Valley League wasn't so grand.
Lathrop High proved again Thursday at Sierra that it should not be looked past this year - its first with a senior class - in the Valley Oak League.
They're even. For now.
East Union High remains in step with the Valley Oak League's top two teams, Oakdale and Sonora, following a four-game victory (25-18, 25-17, 24-26, 25-12) over first-year varsity Kimball of Tracy Thursday at Dalben Center.
Oakdale and Sierra are the defending co-champions of the Valley Oak League.
Graduation turnover along with some injuries to key players has suddenly made the always-competitive Trans Valley League race a wide-open one - for second place.
RIPON - The atmosphere was a little more relaxed than usual for a live match at Jack Tone Golf Course Tuesday, but it might be what the golfers from Ripon High and rival Ripon Christian need going into today's Valley Football League Midseason Tournament.
While it's still early, Weston Ranch High has reason to feel proud of its unprecedented start to the season.
The silver lining to Ripon High's scoreless tie against host Escalon in Trans Valley League play Tuesday was that game had little semblance to their previous meeting.
Weston Ranch's football players weren't the only ones hard at work this offseason.
The Manteca Dolphins and Ripon Sea Lions appear prime for a strong finish to the Mid-Valley Swim League season.
Manteca High junior Leah Manuleleua helped the California Cougars 98 girls soccer team claim the Davis Legacy College Showcase championship in the under-17 division and was named Player of the Tournament in the process.
East Union junior Brooke Riley is among the eight golfers advancing to the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship out of Monday's sectional qualifier held at Sequoyah Country Club in Oakland.
Seth Davis, head coach of the Weston Ranch High varsity football team, is extending an invitation for all athletes from the area ages 5-18.
One month after naming Manteca High its Division III Baseball Team of the Year, Cal-Hi Sports has recognized three Buffaloes as individuals.
STOCKTON - A new position on the court has helped 2012 Weston Ranch High grad Jazmin Strane improve her position in life.
The Spreckels Park 11-12-year-old All-Stars are in the driver's seat to capture the Little League District 67 Tournament banner.
TRACY - One game ended a day later than it was supposed to.
Manteca resident Zach White played a key role in Lamorinda Baseball Club's run to the under-11 Travelball Select National Championship title last week at the East Cobb Baseball Complex in Marietta, Ga.
The Manteca and Spreckels Park Little League 11-12-year-old All-Stars are squaring off in Thursday's District 67 Tournament winners-bracket semifinal after both pulled off commanding victories on Tuesday.
Jordan McNeal's natural talent is undeniable.
Andrew Olivares of the Northgate Little League 9-10 All-Stars threw the first pitch in District 67 All-Star Tournament consolation contest under the lights of Lincoln Park on Monday.
Jacob Corn doesn't shy away from discussing the few missteps in his otherwise spectacular senior season for Manteca High's baseball team.
Allie Walljasper lifted Sierra's softball team to unprecedented heights the past four years with her powerful right arm.