It wasn't the opening whistle that got the East Union Lancers going in their Valley Oak League showdown with Sierra High Wednesday; it was the Timberwolves netting the game's first goal in a 2-1 come-from-behind win over host Sierra.
The Manteca Buffalos were led by a solid nine-hole round from Mickey Dias whose round of 53 led the Buffalos over the Sierra Timberwolves 323-333 Wednesday at Manteca Golf Course.
It was a matchup between the city's top best singles players, and for now title belongs to Sierra High's Vannida Nguyen.
Ripon Christian was welcomed to the Southern League with a 3-2 loss to visiting Mariposa Tuesday.
The Weston Ranch Cougars bounced back after dropping the third game, beating Central Valley 25-22, 25-20, 17-25, 26-24 Tuesday in Stockton.
The East Union Lancers attacked one of the more challenging courses in the Valley Oak League but did not flinch, handling Oakdale 232-310 Tuesday at Oakdale Golf and Country Club.
Ricardo Perez admitted there was a little luck involved in his late goal that decided East Union High's 4-3 win over visiting Lathrop at Dino Cunial Field Monday.
The Sierra High Cross-Country program narrowly missed out on closing out its 8th Annual Sierra Invitational with a boys and girls small-schools varsity championship, finishing second to Cosumnes Oaks and St. Mary's in the boys and girls side, respectively.
RIPON – The Ripon Indians did not have a huge offensive breakout during the 30th Annual Ripon Christian-Jerry Terpsma Classic, but the Indians put together enough to earn a spot in the championship where they would fall to the eventual champion Escalon Cougars in a 2-0 loss Saturday.
East Union High tennis coach Julia Bylow hopes the Lancers' 8-7 squeaker against visiting rival Manteca is a sign that a turnaround is imminent.
Chelsea Bereta got into a nice groove from the service line, where Sierra High was especially effective in its three-game shutout of visiting Johansen Thursday.
East Union High delves into Valley Oak League action riding a three-match winning streak following Thursday's sweep (25-19, 25-18, 25-13) of host Downey Thursday in Modesto.
It will be up to the four-time defending champion East Union Lancers to motivate themselves at moments during this Valley Oak League season, and the group responded with a relatively easy win over the Manteca Buffaloes Thursday at Manteca Park Golf Course.
The Sierra Timberwolves continue to take steps towards building a Valley Oak League contender, stopping the host Tracy Bulldogs 2-1 Thursday in non-league action.
ESCALON – Manteca High jumped out in front of the Escalon Cougars in the first 10 minutes of their non-league contest, but a pair of penalties in the box would cost Manteca in its 2-1 loss to Escalon Wednesday at Escalon High.
Weston Ranch isn't going to surprise anybody this year.
Ripon Christian has re-established itself as a force among Sac-Joaquin Section small-school powers following eight straight losing seasons.
The Ripon High boys soccer team didn't just lose the area's top player from a year ago.
Kevin Mendiola wheeled back with his right foot and took the ball off a bounce, sending it crashing into the back of the net.
An undefeated league record and a playoff win would be seen as successful for most teams. Ripon Christian did that in the 2013-2014 season, and for the Knights it was an off year.
In this her 10th year in the Sierra volleyball program, Timberwolves coach Trinity Johnson is looking to improve on last year's 1-13 Valley Oak League record – 3-19 overall – and she is not afraid to think outside the box to do it.
The Manteca Futbol Club Flash under-12 girls soccer team might not have a flashy Northern California ranking, but that could soon change.
It is not often that a team has momentum after graduating its core players, but the East Union volleyball team is riding high going into this year's Valley Oak League campaign.
Justin Coenenberg is calling all former Buffaloes to reunite at Manteca High's Guss Schmiedt Field this Friday.
There are some new volleyball coaches west of I-5 this year. Stacia Stricker will assume the reins at Weston Ranch and Pamela Adams is the new coach at Lathrop.
Alyssa Burch, Beth Aschenbrenner, Mildred Perez and Chelsea Bruch were all freshmen during the 2011-2012 volleyball season.
Alex Hernandez slowed to a jog and eventually a brisk walk while running sprints with his Manteca High soccer teammates on Thursday.
The fall sports season is officially underway for local high schools.
Some youth football teams pattern themselves after the high school they feed. The Ripon Chiefs take that to a whole new level – they are part of a league of feeder teams that will face each other in high school.