It appears to be a four-team race for the title and three postseason berths the way the Valley Oak League girls soccer season is shaping up.
Manteca High's softball team hopes last week's discouraging loss to Kimball is fully behind it after beating visiting Lathrop 8-0 Monday.
One gutty pitching performance was spoiled in its previous outing, and another was wasted Monday for East Union High's baseball team.
The winless streak is over for East Union High's girls soccer team, which snapped a string of three straight draws Monday with a 5-0 shutout of host Sonora
Sierra High pitcher Dylan DeBrouwer was bothered by an uncooperrative throwing arm Friday against visiting Kimball of Tracy.
RIPON - Ripon High's unprecedented run in girls soccer is supposed to end this year.
Mash with runners in scoring position, throw strikes and execute on defense - it's baseball's recipe for success.
Drew Allen made a big statement Tuesday but did so in a losing effort by his Sierra High boys golf team.
Iyana Hughes is known for her speed at the top of Sierra High's batting order, but she brought a little thunder to go with the lightning against visiting Kimball of Tracy Tuesday.
A week off from competition and the rare Monday meet did little to slow down Sierra High's track and field team.
Andrew Bonner, last year's MVP and Most Outstanding Golfer in the Trans Valley League, was the medalist in Monday's conference midseason tournament on the weather-beaten Micke Grove Golf Links in Lodi.
The 2010-11 season was one of change for the Ripon Christian boys basketball team.
Sharon Washington was one of the last Manteca High players to leave the locker room at Christian Brothers' Ron Limeberger Gym in Sacramento.
Goalkeepers hardly get the glory, but on Friday Sierra High goalkeeper Lia Unterholzner took advantage of that rare opportunity in an evenly-contested 1-1 tie with visiting crosstown rival East Union.
It was the only game played in the area - half of one anyway.
The Cinderella of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs is still dancing, but Chris Teevan insists there is nothing magical about his ninth-seeded Weston Ranch boys basketball team's ride to the championship round.
Lathrop head coach Gabe Padilla decided to start his best player on the attacking third not necessarily to get more scoring production, but to allow her to put less stress on a strained quad.
Ed Mulder is still pinching himself.
Late tonight, the 1987 Manteca High boys basketball team will finally have some company.
Matt Rose edged out Weston Ranch freshman Austin Thao for low-medalist honors and helped Sierra tally its first Valley Oak League win of the season 250-288 Thursday at Van Buskirk Golf Course of Stockton.
Sophomore pitchers Mikayla Bongi, Alexis Erich and Delaney Pamplin combined for a three-inning perfect game, as East Union crushed Edison 11-0 to begin the St. Mary's Tournament at Stockton's Arnaiz Softball Complex on Thursday.
Manteca passed what head coach Justin Coenenberg called its "biggest test in the preseason so far" Wednesday when the Buffaloes knocked off visiting Tracy, 3-1.
Danielle Danielle Sperry was near-perfect in Ripon's 8-0 shutout of visiting Delhi on Wednesday.
Manteca blanked host Sierra 9-0 to continue its perfect start to the season.
Ripon may have missed out on its only chance at beating the top team in the Trans-Valley League on Wednesday.
Noah Hennecke struck out seven and walked two over six innings for Lodi, while East Union struggled in all facets in a 13-1 loss that went the distance Wednesday at Agostini Field.
SACRAMENTO - Hunter Johnson and Daniel Wyatt weren't at full strength to begin with.
SACRAMENTO - It was at this gym two years ago that Weston Ranch missed an opportunity to face Valley Oak League nemesis Sierra for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III championship.
Sierra already proved to be the best in the Valley Oak League for a fourth straight season.
The Manteca High girls soccer team cruised to its second win in as many days on Saturday, as five different players scored a goal in its 6-0 rout of visiting Chavez.