It wasn't about revenge.
The head coaches of East Union and Sierra's football teams aren't downplaying the significance of their Week-5 contest.
And Ripon High takes the lead.
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.
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Manteca battled valiantly with a starter hobbled by injury and another out for the season, but the Buffaloes could not keep up with the taller ...
East Union greatly improved its chances to qualify for the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs Friday night at Dino Cunial Field after fending off visiting Kimball, 28-6.
Manteca carried the frustrations of two close losses to Central Catholic into the season, using it as motivation to return to championship form.
There's no such thing as a down year for Escalon, says Ripon head coach Chris Musseman.
MODESTO - Manteca was able to slug it out with Central Catholic in Friday's anticipated clash of Valley Oak League heavyweights at David Patton Field.
RIPON - The Ripon High boys water polo team's streak of Valley Oak League victories came to an end Thursday at Ervin Zador Aquatic Center.
Gino Campiotti remembers his first varsity encounter with Central Catholic, and not too fondly.
Isaiah Sholund is the hard-charging bull who wears down defenses in the fourth quarter.
Scheduling may have conspired against Manteca leading up to its pivotal Valley Oak League duel with rival Sierra on Thursday.
Mark Vicente and the Sierra Timberwolves continued their late-game wizardry in last week's heart-stopping 37-36 overtime win over visiting East Union.
A longtime tradition has turned into a weekly feast for Manteca.
Tawny Deerinck got to match her teammates' jersey tops for a change Monday when she and the Buffaloes from Manteca visited rival East Union.
Another week, another shutout for undefeated Manteca.
East Union coach Kim Brooks urged her setter to ramp up the pace of the attack against host Sierra on Thursday.
Seth Davis won't be able to make Manteca High's homecoming game Friday at Guss Schmiedt Field.
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