The East Union High soccer team's potentially explosive attack was given a wake-up call when it suffered its first Valley Oak League loss by a 2-0 count last Thursday against rival Manteca.
When I saw this photo accompanying my column for the first time it provoked emotions inside of me I haven't tapped into in years. What an amazing sight to see. Seeing one of those once-in-a-while type of players that really gets it. Caleb Young, though. really gets it.
TRACY – The motivation was there for the Sierra Timberwolves to bounce back from a pair of losses on the opening day of the NorCal Classic softball tournament on Friday.
It was all Manteca High in both divisions of Friday's Valley Oak League meet between the Buffaloes and East Union Lancers, with Manteca earning a pair of victories with a 100-69 boys win and a 118-51 win on the girls side.
TRACY – East Union's softball team could not channel the performance that lifted them over Notre Dame High, putting together a lackluster performance in a lopsided 8-1 loss to Clovis High Friday in the NorCal Classic Tournament's platinum division action.
Finishing the contest the way they started it would probably not have been good enough for the Manteca Buffaloes, but Airenne Curry made sure that wouldn't be the case when her header found the back of the net, putting Manteca up for good in a 2-0 Valley Oak League win Thursday.
The three-run lead that Manteca High held over the visiting Sierra Timberwolves appeared to be plenty secure.
TRACY – The Weston Ranch Cougars were able to get the NorCal Classic softball tournament kicked off with a decent start, salvaging a day one split with a 7-6 win over Delhi Thursday.
The Weston Ranch tennis team was able to draw a little sweat from the Valley Oak League's best team, but a victory would escape them in the Cougars' 3-2 loss to Manteca High Thursday.
The fact that Cassie Waggy left third base early when tagging-up on a fly ball – costing her east Union Lancer squad an out during an early game rally – didn't even matter.
The Sierra Timberwolves spotted Gabby Hawkins an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth, but Sierra's senior ace would not need it in the Timberwolves' 3-1 Valley Oak League win over Ceres High Wednesday.
Sierra High's boys track team flexed its muscle in a major way, dominating in every facet of its two Valley Oak League wins over Manteca and Weston Ranch highs Wednesday on Sierra's new all-weather track.
ATWATER – It was just a few weeks ago that first-year Ripon head coach Mitchell Evans was thrilled with his relatively young team scoring six runs in a 10-6 loss to the established Central Catholic program in a non-league game.
On Tuesday, Sierra High's sophomore soccer program kept an impressive season rolling in the right direction with a 4-0 win over Lathrop High in Valley Oak League play.
The only thing more Sierra High starting pitcher Dylan Debrouwer could have done was assist the umpire crew, pitching seven innings of shutout baseball and scoring the winning run in the Timberwolves' 1-0 Valley Oak League win over Manteca High Tuesday.
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.
Ripon hadn't played a match away from familiar Stouffer Field in nearly three full weeks until it traveled to Hilmar on Thursday.
Ripon avenged a previous loss and put itself in a good position to return to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Tournament with Thursday's 164-174 win over Linden at Jack Tone Golf Course.
The Southern League race has quietly developed into an intriguing one.
Pay no mind to Lathrop's record.