The Valley Oak League season is still a ways away, but this weekend's tournament soccer provided some quality glimpses as to how the 2010 season will shape up. Sierra was dominant in its VOL preview victory over East Union, dropping the Lancers 3-0 in the Timberwolves Cup opener Saturday at Sierra High.
Manteca High would have obviously preferred to outlast its opponent in the 3rd Annual Buff Cup championship, but the Buffaloes will certainly accept a 6-4 win over Patterson for the tournament's consolation championship.
The first 20 minutes seemed to be scripting perfect for the Weston Ranch Cougars, but a colossal collapse to a quality Los Banos squad left the Cougars on the short-end of the pursuit for the 3rd Annual Buff Cup championship. Om a 4-1 loss Saturday.
In the first 10 minutes of Manteca High's 3rd Annual Buffalo Cup opener, the Buffaloes found themselves looking up at a 2-0 deficit to the Los Banos Tigers. The Buffaloes didn't flinch; battling back to tie things up, but a goal in the final two minutes forced Manteca to deal with a 3-2 loss to the Tigers Thursday at Manteca High.
The Weston Ranch Cougars jumped out on Ripon High with a quick first-half goal, but the Indians would claw back only to see their come-from-behind hopes sliced by the last of five penalty kicks in the Cougars' shootout win Thursday in the 3rd Annual Buffalo Cup opener.
STOCKTON – The fact that Weston Ranch only had three golfers didn't stop the four-time reigning Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV champions from posting some low numbers in their first outing of their year.
Sierra High had no sympathy for the relatively young Lathrop Spartan squad, rolling over the second-year varsity program with ease Thursday in a 15-0 victory.
Things didn't look promising for the Manteca High varsity girls Friday night when they found themselves down to match point against the Beyer Patriots with their best jump server up at the line.
If the Lathrop Spartans are able to win their season opener it would be the biggest victory in school history. If the Escalon Cougars come into Lathrop and fall to the Spartans it would ruin the perennial powerhouse's season in week one.
STOCKTON - The Sac-Joaquin Section overhauled its postseason format for football last season and has made a few minor tweaks for 2010.
The Manteca Buffaloes did not get the luxury of warming up to the Valley Oak League schedule, drawing a match against perennial league front-runner Oakdale and falling 9.5 to 5.5 Tuesday at home.
Patience and persistence paid off for Corey Navarro.
TRACY - The rebuilding has begun for Sierra's girls golf team under first-year head coach Jack Thomson.
LINDEN - It was a rather ho-hum official start to Ripon's volleyball season Tuesday.
RIPON - Keith Terpsma doesn't know what to expect this season when his Ripon Christian boys soccer team heads into Southern League play for the first time.
Victor Polanco won't even touch the question.
Manteca High's boys and girls swim teams both finish the year 4-4 in the Valley Oak League with wins in their regular-season finale Friday at East Union.
Errors and lost opportunities came back to haunt Sierra in its first-place showdown with Oakdale on Friday.
After two decades with the program, Ron Vander Molen is no longer the boys varsity basketball coach at Ripon Christian.
RIPON – Jon De Visser has learned to embrace the zaniness of "Wrong Arm," his playful nickname for left-hander Connor McGovern.
TRACY - After taking an early lead Friday, Weston Ranch committed five errors in the last two innings – including a throwing error that led to the walk-off run for Kimball in the bottom of the seventh – as the Jaguars came away with an 11-10 come-from-behind win in Valley Oak League baseball action played in blustery conditions on an arid field at Kimball High School.
Lathrop High's track and field program continued its breakout season Thursday with a varsity split at Sierra, while its frosh-soph teams remain undefeated in the Valley Oak League with one meet to go.
Yok Jing Ma and Mike Lopez went out in style - and as Valley Oak League champions.
Sometimes you win a game through offense and sometimes through defense.
Mark Carganilla had already earned an academic scholarship and was accepted by Pacific University with an eye on the private school's popular exercise science program.
Jack Thomson encourages today's student-athletes to play as many sports as possible, but as the baseball coach of several basketball players, the longtime Sierra High skipper has also been a victim of that phenomena.
Only one goal was scored the last time the Southern League's reigning girls soccer co-champions met.
Steven Rios was so fired up for Wednesday's clash with Oakdale that he could feel his body tightening up in the batter's box.
Despite a strong pitching performance from Marco Gonzales, East Union suffered a 4-2 loss to Central Catholic Wednesday at Agostini Field.
Ilena Rivera's hat trick powered East Union to a 3-0 win at Central Catholic on Wednesday, and the victory clinches a second-straight outright title in the Valley Oak League for the Lancers.