The combined hustle of Daisy Valencia and Jadyn Shinn coupled with a gritty effort from ailing goalkeeper Callie Crain proved to be the difference for Sierra in its first-place showdown with visiting Central Catholic on Thursday.
Sydney Fryer poured in 19 points, 15 rebounds and four assists, but it was the play of the supporting cast that allowed Manteca to keep visiting Central Catholic at bay in a 56-44 win Wednesday at Winter Gym.
Based on recent history, Lathrop may be due for another big winning streak.
And on the eighth corner kick, Sierra scored.
RIPON - After starting the season on a six-game winning streak, Ripon Christian is now reeling and searching for answers as it begins its defense of the Trans-Valley League championship.
It didn't come easily for the Manteca, but the Buffaloes finally got the better of Weston Ranch in this rematch of the 2016 Sac-Joaquin Section Division III title game Thursday at Winter Gym with a 69-61 win.
LATHROP - Coming off three straight losses in the unforgiving Gold Division of the West Coast Jamboree, Manteca had a tough assignment to begin Valley Oak League play on Wednesday.
The Sierra and Weston Ranch boys soccer teams have had some epic duels over the years, and Tuesday's Valley Oak League tussle was no different.
SALIDA - Even when it was competitive for 2 ½ quarters, Manteca appeared disjointed in running its offense against Modesto Christian in the third-round game of the 17th annual Holiday Hoop Classic on Friday.
For all that Gino Campiotti and the Manteca football team accomplished this past fall, it's the failures that drive the Buffaloes' talented junior quarterback.
Hilmar knew what was coming, but there was no stopping Ripon's Samantha McCreath in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV volleyball finals.
TRACY - Jim Agostini has three more days to figure out what is troubling his East Union girls basketball team at the start of games.
Laura Williams is such a dedicated golfer that she gave up a year's worth of her high school experience to work on her game.
Sierra girls tennis coach Ed Melfort knew what he was getting in Kaitlyn Rausa, an incoming freshman who has worked extensively with him through the Manteca Parks & Recreation year-round program.
The postseason accolades continue to pour in for 2011 Sierra High graduate Stephen Thayer.
Tawny Deerinck is a big part of Manteca High's resurgence in softball, and she aims to help head coach Ashley Carter turn things around ...
Loretta Kakala made no effort to hold back the tears after playing her last game for the Manteca High girls basketball team.
Tydus Verhoeven's "long journey" for the Manteca High boys basketball team ended with heartache, but it's far outweighed by the many highlights that ...
A sophomore who has already committed to Notre Dame, Sierra forward Jadyn Shinn wants to leave her mark on a team she speaks of in ...
Eddie Aguilar didn't always score goals in bunches during his senior campaign with Sierra, but he had a knack for coming up with the ...
Two days after ending a lengthy losing streak to one of the Valley Oak League's perennial contenders, Manteca halted another on Friday when it ...
Sierra High's boys soccer team was stopped short of earning its first-ever Sac-Joaquin Section banner four weeks ago, dropping an exciting Division IV final ...
The big fish in a small pond proved she could swim in an ocean of sharks Wednesday.
Just one match into the Valley Oak League season, Kevin Bolding already deems it to be a success for his Manteca High boys volleyball team.
Branden Rullan may have fallen short of his ultimate goal, but he'll leave Sierra High as its most accomplished wrestler to date.
Sierra appeared ready to finally bust out against Rafa Lara and visiting McNair in a nonleague contest Thursday, loading the bases with no out in ...
Kristina Mojica was rewarded for her patience, perseverance and work ethic on Wednesday.
Things just got real for area boys volleyball teams.
East Union had already battled back twice from deficits, and Brayden Hardcastle came oh so close to tying it back up in the bottom of ...
Freshman Tianna Sidtikun's impact was immediate for the Ripon girls soccer team.