The Weston Ranch Cougars' downward spiral continued as they were swept by the East Union Lancers Thursday in Valley Oak League play.
Ripon Christian got off to a quality start and it never let up, posting a one-sided 6-0 blowout on Turlock Christian Thursday in Southern League play.
ESCALON – Escalon High had no problem battling with the Ripon Indians and keeping the match skin-tight over the first two games, but the Cougars would eventually succumb to the Trans Valley League's best, falling in a 3-0 sweep Wednesday to the Indians.
The Sierra High soccer program stepped into the driver's seat for the Valley Oak League championship with last week's win over Manteca, but the road got a little bumpy Wednesday as the Timberwolves were stopped in Sonora 1-0 by the Wildcats in league action.
Throughout the entire season, the East Union Lancers have turned to one another to find its motivation to continue along an unchallenging 2010 Valley Oak League season. So it was pretty fitting that East Union could only find themselves atop the leader board in Tuesday's VOL Tournament at Lockeford Springs Golf Course.
The opportunity to close out her senior season as the Valley Oak League's No. 1 singles player is right in front of Sierra High's Vannida Nguyen, but to conquer that feat Nguyen will most certainly have to earn that title.
The Lathrop Spartans were able to respond after dropping the first game, bouncing back to take the next three in a 3-1 Valley Oak League win over the Sierra Timberwolves Tuesday.
Mathematically, the Ripon High boys varsity soccer squad remains in the playoff hunt.
The Valley Foothill League's end of season golf tournament was the final opportunity for players to try to extend their seasons, and Ripon Christian's Jennie Wickham as well as the Ripon High team did just that, earning a spot in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V tournament with a strong showing Monday.
It was business as usual for the Ripon Christian volleyball team, as they remained perfect through their first trip in the Southern League, handling Denair High with ease in a 3-0 win Monday.
The East Union Lancers saw the results of coming into a contest without a sense of urgency in their last Valley Oak League loss to Weston Ranch. That was not the case for the Lancers Monday, as they continually fought back to hand Oakdale High a 4-3 loss in VOL action.
The Manteca High varsity volleyball squad continued to show signs of improvement in Valley Oak League play.
Another year, another undefeated regular season for Sierra High doubles standout Stephanie Vanni.
East Union High has been so dominant this year that next week's Valley Oak League Championships is merely a formality. Even a third-place finish would be enough to clinch the girls golf powerhouse its fourth straight title.
STOCKTON - The Ripon High varsity volleyball team continues to stack up with the best.
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.
Orestimba scored the first and final goals, but Ripon Christian did more than enough damage in between to leave Newman with a 5-2 victory and at least a share of the Southern League championship.
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.
Gerardo Romero scored two goals and assisted another in East Union's 4-1 triumph at Sierra on Wednesday.
Weston Ranch's coronation looked as if it was going to be delayed.
Manteca had two game-point opportunities in an attempt to force a fifth set against visiting Weston Ranch but came up short in a 20-25, 25-27, 25-16, 30-32 defeat Wednesday.
East Union won the Valley Oak League title and Brooke Riley is the MVP.
Tuesday's Trans-Valley League rematch against Ripon was sure to have been circled on Riverbank's calendar.
TRACY - The road to the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs just got a little longer for the East Union volleyball team.
Kevin Bolding summed up Manteca's trip to Oakdale as a "tough night."
Sierra just missed out on having another finalist in the Valley Oak League Singles Tournament.
RIPON -Hilmar had the look of a team that had been there, done that in tight situations.
Weston Ranch clinched a second straight postseason berth with Monday's resounding 7-1 victory at Lathrop.
That stunning loss to Orestimba appears to be in the rear-view mirror for Ripon Christian.