Even with one of the most impressive individual rounds of the young season, East Union fell a few strokes short in a 206-209 loss to Oakdale in Valley Oak League play Tuesday.
The East Union and Manteca high school boys golf teams showed some rust in their first match back from spring break Monday at Manteca Park Golf Course.
For the first time in a few seasons, several of the teams in the Valley Oak League will begin the treacherous home-home series' with the chance of winning the championship. Sure, every year coaches tell their kids to play for a championship, only this season those coaches believe they have a shot.
Manteca's three high school softball teams share one common trait this year; they're all young - very young.
Airenne Curry's goal in the 8th minute was all Manteca High's girls soccer team needed in a 2-0 road win at Weston Ranch Monday, which evens the Buffaloes' Valley Oak League record to 1-1.
Opening the contest by jumping on its opponents first has not been the case for Lathrop High, but the Spartans were able to do just that against Bear Creek yet could not keep pace in a 14-4 non-league baseball loss to the Bruins Friday.
RIPON – Throughout the first 40 minutes the Ripon Christian girls soccer team failed to convert on a handful of relatively easy goal conversions, but its luck would change in the second half cruising to a 4-0 Southern League victory Thursday.
The Manteca Buffaloes wanted to close out its non-league schedule playing good baseball and winning ball games ,and the group has accomplished that feat, handling Argonaut High with ease in a 7-1 win Thursday on the road.
Sierra High's boys tennis team appears to have righted the ship after opening the Valley Oak League season with a tiebreaking loss to Kimball of Tracy last week.
Nick Olmo was worried his Sierra softball team would be rusty after taking nearly a full week off from action in Thursday's non-league finale at Linden High.
It came down to the final minutes, but the tone was set at the start of the Sierra High girls soccer team's 3-2 loss to visiting Oakdale in the Valley Oak League opener Wednesday.
The 2011 Lions All-Star Football Game rosters for the North and South teams were announced, and four area standouts will get the opportunity to close their high school football careers in the marquee Central Valley event amongst the best players in the area.
With the Ripon Christian Knights no longer in the Trans Valley League, Escalon will have the sour taste of its two-stroke 224-226 loss to the Knights in its mouth for the remainder of the season.
With mere days remaining before the start of the Valley Oak League season, the Manteca High baseball team got a good send off from starting pitcher Matt Burrows, who went seven innings scattering four hits in a 5-2 Manteca win over Stagg High Tuesday in Stockton.
The first four innings might not have been pretty, but East Union was able to get out with minimum damage Tuesday night in their non-league matchup against Escalon.
Jamie DeBruyn takes a defense-first approach to soccer, so it is no surprise that he nominated Ripon High senior defender Zaire Davis for the Trans-Valley League's MVP award.
FAIR OAKS - Anthony Santiago scratched on his final attempt in Friday's Sac-Joaquin Section Division II-III shot put final at Bella Vista High.
Sierra junior Scott Tolman established himself as one of the state's top swimmers Friday at the Clovis Olympic Swim Complex.
There was plenty of star power to go around in the loaded Valley Oak League this past girls soccer season, but one stood above the rest to the coaches.
Ripon freshman Taylor Werner is advancing to the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters track and field meet in three events, while Ellie Waters and Brandon Roma both qualified in two events.
SACRAMENTO - After losing the winners-bracket semifinal, one the Lancers felt was taken from them, the East Union softball team left little doubt that it belonged in Wednesday's Sac-Joaquin Section championship round against Pioneer.
SACRAMENTO - Sierra wasn't at its best in its Sac-Joaquin Section Division III semifinal series with Yuba City, but the Timberwolves' best may not have been good enough.
Taariq Davis and Jordan McNeal spearheaded impressive Day 1 efforts for East Union sprinters in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II-III track meet on Wednesday.
STOCKTON - Ripon went down swinging against Dixon pitching ace Tyler MacKenzie.
SACRAMENTO - After being dispatched to the consolation bracket of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III softball championships with a heartbreaking 4-2 loss to Pioneer on Tuesday, East Union bounced back and scored three runs in the fifth inning of the nightcap to pull away from Vanden 7-4 at the Sacramento Softball Complex.
The decorated careers of Mike Lopez and Yok Jing Ma came to an end Tuesday in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II Individual Tournament.
Freshman Taylor Werner was Ripon High's top performer in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV-V Preliminaries Tuesday at CSU Stanislaus.
Sierra's Scott Tolman set four school records Saturday at the Sac-Joaquin Section Swim Championships on Saturday at Tokay High, and in doing so he qualified for the inaugural state meet.
The East Union softball and Sierra and Ripon baseball teams are all seeking revenge in the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.
STOCKTON - From milestone wins to program scoring records, Manteca High girls soccer head coach Justin Coenenberg reminded his players of all they've accomplished this season while standing on the center circle at Alex G. Spanos Stadium.