OAKDALE - Sierra High's girls basketball team probably best defines what has been a wild Valley Oak League race this year, as it split a regular-season series with a third postseason contender by falling to Oakdale 44-18 Tuesday.
The East Union girls sophomore basketball team wasted little time asserting itself against the visiting Weston Ranch Cougars, jumping out to a 26 point halftime lead on the way to a 55-26 Valley Oak League shellacking Tuesday.
Going to college has been a part of David Reyes' plans for as long as he can remember and those plans are almost developed as Reyes signed his letter of intent to play soccer for the San Francisco State Gators Monday in front of close family and friends in the Sierra High Library.
ESCALON – Ripon Christian's varsity girls basketball team found itself looking up to a 13-5 deficit after one period of play, but that only sparked the Lady Knights as they went on to devour the Escalon Cougars 43-26 Monday in Trans Valley League play.
STOCKTON – After it was all said and done Ripon High standout Juliana Triplett cemented her dominance on the girls wrestling scene with a Sac-Joaquin Section Girls Wrestling championship Saturday at McNair High.
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WESTON RANCH – Manteca High's boys basketball team came into Weston Ranch's gym with one purpose, and a offensive onslaught -- led by Kiwi Gardner's 41 points – was more than enough to conquer its mission in a 89-74 Valley Oak League win Saturday.
RIPON – It was the type of moment that most athletes would dream to find themselves in.
WESTON RANCH – Weston Ranch had minimal success early on offensively, struggled down the stretch defensively, yet with less than a minute to play the Cougars were still in position to win the game. That would not be the case as the Ceres Bulldogs played a splendid fourth quarter for a 63-58 Valley Oak League win Friday.
STOCKTON - It was easy come, easy go for three area grapplers in the first day of the Sac-Joaquin Section Girls Wrestling Invitational at McNair High Friday.
RIPON – The Ripon High seniors will have something to remember when thinking about their last Friday home game of the season.
OAKDALE – The East Union varsity boys basketball team could not have orchestrated a better opening period, dominating the Oakdale Mustangs on both ends on its way to a comfortable 48-40 Valley Oak League win Friday.
OAKDALE - Its loss to crosstown rival Sierra Monday knocked East Union High's sophomore boys basketball team into a first-place tie with Oakdale.
One streak stayed alive Thursday night at Dalben Center, and East Union High's girls basketball team is inching closer to continuing another one.
Manteca High's girls basketball team avoided getting swept by the Ceres schools with its 57-41 victory over Central Valley at home Thursday and kept its postseason hopes alive in the process.
If Tuesday's match with Kimball was a barometer for how good East Union can be this season, consider this:
Sierra competed with the heart of a lion Tuesday during a Valley Oak League showdown with Oakdale.
Donning pink jerseys, Manteca blanked Lathrop 3-0 in the annual Kicking for the Cure game hosted at Guss Schmiedt Field on Tuesday night.
RIPON - After blanking Ripon in their first meeting this season, Hughson pitcher Courtney Thornhill was working on eight consecutive shutout innings over the Indians when she turned her ankle in the first inning and had to leave Tuesday's Trans-Valley League softball contest.
East Union may be peaking at just the right time.
Both of Sierra's points were awarded thanks to pair of grueling victories from its No. 5 and No. 6 singles players in a 7-2 loss at East Union Tuesday.
Two big wins from the bottom half of its singles ladder propelled Manteca High's boys tennis team to a pivotal 6-3 win over visiting Sonora on Monday.
The area's two best offensive linemen along with two record-breaking skill position players have been selected to compete in the 41st Central California Lions All-Star Football Game.
Manteca and Oakdale both needed a win, so it's understandable why both were unsatisfied with Monday's result.
Alexis Erich and East Union held a three-run cushion heading into the seventh inning Friday and were three outs away from a key Valley Oak League victory over Kimball.
Oakdale capitalized on its opportunities and Sierra did not.
With two of their top contributors out, Sierra High's boys swimmers suffered their first defeat of the season by a 99-71 margin at Kimball of Tracy. Kimball's girls also won by the same score.
Ripon's defense hadn't given up more than two goals in a game all season until Friday.
Only one of Friday's matches between Ripon and Hughson's co-ed tennis teams needed to be decided in a third set.
Josh Clark fittingly scored the deciding run on a dropped third strike in the top of the seventh inning, as Ripon avoided an upset at Modesto Christian with a 7-4 victory Friday.