With seven starting underclassmen, Valley Oak League co-champion East Union has the firepower to continue its reign in future seasons.
The Manteca High boys and Ripon coed tennis teams both ran into Sac-Joaquin Section powerhouses, while Ripon Christian dropped a heartbreaker in Monday's quarterfinal matches.
Ripon Christian's lone representative and the Ripon High boys golf team showed well in the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament on Monday.
With six of the nine qualifying teams tallying 20 or more wins in the regular season, there is no clear favorite in this year's loaded Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV bracket.
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Ripon's season has ended at Central Catholic for a second straight year.
The Manteca, Ripon and Ripon Christian tennis teams sent its top players to Sac-Joaquin Section tournaments Thursday, but none of them are returning for today's semifinal round.
RIPON - Ripon nearly went from clinching a share of the Trans-Valley League championship to missing the postseason entirely in a one-week span.
Manteca High's Lucas Vaughn was three outs away from pitching a perfect game in Tuesday's Valley Oak League finale at Sierra.
Kimball scored the go-ahead and insurance runs on an error in the top of the fifth inning, as the Jaguars spoiled East Union's senior day with a 4-2 victory Tuesday.
Manteca Park Golf Course was not kind to some of its most frequent patrons Monday.
Ripon High beat out Calaveras on a team playoff hole to capture a second straight Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Tournament championship Monday at Marysville's Peach Tree Golf & Country Club.
Manteca resident Jessica Burdge completed a stellar junior campaign with the Wagner College women's water polo team this past Saturday, when the Seahawks dropped an 11-6 decision to 12th-ranked Indiana in the NCAA Tournament play-in game.
East Union has a shot at wrapping up its season on a four-game winning streak and with a .500 record in the Valley Oak League following Monday's 6-4 win at Kimball.
Ripon High's coed tennis team had its way with Forest Lake Christian on Monday, blanking the Sierra Delta League champion in Auburn, 9-0.
RIPON - The Ripon boys water polo team had shredded Valley Oak League competition leading up to Wednesday's Valley Oak League finale against Sonora, winning each contest by no less than seven goals.
Help is on the way for East Union and Weston Ranch, and just in time for their Week-9 Valley Oak League tussle at Dino Cunial Field.
Ripon can forget about that over-the-top pre-league schedule that led to its 1-4 start.
Mahir Pepic asked Manteca High head coach Rick Cuevas to bark out his time while nearing the 2-mile mark at the Eagal Lakes Resort 3.1-mile course.
Ripon showed no drop off with reserves getting ample playing time in Wednesday's three-game rout (25-11, 25-15, 25-12) of visiting Modesto Christian.
Manteca held its own against Central Catholic and nearly forced a fifth set in a 25-19, 13-25, 21-25, 24-26 Valley Oak League loss Tuesday in Modesto.
Ripon Christian secured the outright claim to the Southern League championship with Tuesday's 2-0 victory at Denair.
Vista del Lago and Christian Brothers players took turns taking pictures with their prizes on the 18th green at Manteca Park Golf Course.
Ripon had two golfers finish in the top 10 in Monday's Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Tournament held at Micke Grove Golf Links, but both played their final round of the season.
It all comes down to Wednesday's winner-take-all Valley Oak League finale between cross-town foes Manteca and East Union.
East Union lined up in victory formation on its own 5, down 35-21 in the final seconds of its intra-city duel at Sierra's Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
Sealy McAdams and Elizabeth Tolbert's last two matches in Thursday's Valley Oak League Doubles Tournament held at East Union had entirely different endings.
Alyssa Burch hosted another block party at Manteca High's Winter Gym on Thursday.
Injury-hampered Ripon gave up two second-half goals by Ulises Ramirez on set pieces and are now in danger of not repeating as league champions no thanks to Thursday's 2-0 loss at Escalon.
East Union considered last week's game with Lathrop to be its "Super Bowl."