RIPON - From the defensive endline to the midfield stripe, Ripon High played near flawless soccer during a key Trans Valley League match against Escalon at Mistlin Sports Complex.
Manteca High was taking the better shots, but the host Sierra Timberwolves was making theirs.
East Union High's soccer team was on solid ground as the Valley Oak League's first-place team going into the week.
East Union head coach Eryn Bowers was in disbelief as her Lancers blew an early two games to none lead over Manteca High, needing a come-from-behind fifth game thriller to sneak away from Manteca High with a 3-2 win Tuesday in Valley Oak League action.
Very little has changed throughout an illustrious Valley Oak League run for the Weston Ranch Cougars, and the theme continued in a 5-0 VOL win over the Manteca Buffaloes Tuesday at Weston Ranch.
Members of the Southern League likely have no clue what has hit them since the Ripon Christian Knights showed up on the scene playing unbeatable volleyball, and the group continued to roll in a one-sided victory over the Waterford Wildcats Tuesday.
The struggles for Ripon Christian's soccer program continued, as the Knights were stopped 3-0 by Waterford High Tuesday in Sothern League soccer Tuesday.
When it was all said and done, the Sierra Timberwolves realized that they could play with visiting East Union, but that fact did not amount to any wins as the Lancers swept in Valley Oak League action Wednesday.
East Union High's Jordan Kron made a splash last year as a freshman athlete making big contributions for the school's varsity basketball and baseball teams.
The Valley Oak League's top girls golf team appears to be getting better.
Weston Ranch High has its first-ever Valley Oak League championship girls tennis team after the Cougars defeated Kimball 4-1at home Thursday.
Ripon High had the shots, but the only ones that matter are the ones that go in.
Co-head coach Brian Goulart was anxious to see how his East Union High girls golf team would perform in Wednesday's Sierra Invitational - the Lancers' first and last 18-hole event of the season before the Valley Oak League Championships.
The Manteca Buffaloes wanted to come out aggressively and that is exactly what the squad did in a 3-0 Valley Oak League win over Kimball High Wednesday.
Things went according to plan for the Ripon Indians Wednesday in their Trans Valley League match with Riverbank High, as they stopped the Bruins with relative ease in a 25-13, 25-12 and 25-12 win at Ripon High.
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.