The Manteca Buffaloes were a few innings from extending their postseason hopes a little further, but an error-filled fifth inning gave Kimball High all the ammunition it would need for a 7-5 Valley Oak League win over the Buffaloes Wednesday.
The Valley Oak League's singles tournament had a No. 1 seed expected to make it to Thursday's Championship match, and a No. 2 seed that shows he deserves the challenge. Sierra's Kevin Rausa handled his portion of the deal, earning a spot against league No. 1 seed Logan Staggs for the league crown.
For a moment, it seemed as if the Sonora Wildcats would decrease Sierra's chances at pulling in one of the three Valley Oak League playoff spots up for grabs during the stretch run. Only Dylan DeBrouwer had other plans, going the distance for the Timberwolves in a 7-4 win Tuesday.
Sierra High freshman hurler Allison Walljasper tossed a one-hitter Tuesday to lead her team past host Weston Ranch, 12-0.
It's a pivotal week for area schools in the Valley Oak League.
The Sierra Timberwolves hauled in a one-sided 117-51 girls victory Thursday, but the boys came up short 85-79 to visiting Ripon High in the two clubs' Valley Oak League swim meet, falling in the final race for the difference.
Brandon Manville picked up a tennis racquet for the first time this past summer.
In a replay of the Valley Oak League's most pivotal rematch, the Manteca High School outlasted host Oakdale in an eight-inning battle that saw the Buffaloes explode for five in the bonus frame of a 6-1 win Thursday.
Sierra's boys track and field team was expected to clinch at least share of its second straight Valley Oak League title, and fifth in seven years, Thursday at Oakdale High.
In a clash between the top two teams in the Valley Oak League, Sierra High maintained the top spot by defeating second-place Kimball in Tracy Thursday, 4-1.
If it wasn't for bad luck, the East Union Lancers wouldn't have any.
Brennon Williams could have been the hero the last time he and the Oakdale High baseball team visited Manteca, but he was robbed of the opportunity.
Will C. Wood High of Vacaville returned home with the Tony Horton Golf Invitational's team and individual championships Wednesday at Manteca Park Golf Course.
After hauling in at least a portion of the 2011 Valley Oak League championship with a 5-0 win over the Lathrop Spartans Tuesday, the East Union tennis players simply stuck around for some extra work. The Lancers will have to stop the Sierra Timberwolves Thursday for the outright crown, and that will be the only thing to get the group a taste of satisfaction.
The Navarro family waited eight years for this moment, but Manteca High's softball program as a whole has waited even longer.
East Union lost a pitcher's duel to Central Catholic on Wednesday.
Sierra High's playoff hopes became a little bit tougher following Friday's 11-7 Valley Oak League loss to visiting Oakdale.
LATHROP - Devin Sullivan pitched five strong innings in his first start in more than month, and Manteca rapped out 16 hits in completing a series ...
Sierra High's boys track and field team had to truly early its Valley Oak League championship, and it ended the regular season undefeated with ...
RIPON - A team rarely celebrates a tie, and while two-time defending Sac-Joaquin Section Division VII champion Ripon Christian was not all smiles after tying visiting ...
Two days after pitching a perfect game against rival Manteca, Sierra ace Lindsey Walljasper didn't get the nod for the Timberwolves' rematch with once-beaten ...
TRACY - C.J. Drain scored the eventual-game winning run, then struck out the side in the bottom of the eighth inning as Weston Ranch escaped ...
Barely three minutes into the game, Ivy Benson fought through a pack of Oakdale defenders for a goal, and midway through the first half Leah ...
The race for the fourth and final Sac-Joaquin Section playoff berth is on in the Valley Oak League.
Central Catholic found out firsthand last week that there is no quit in Manteca.
It was home sweet home for East Union's five seniors during a Valley Oak League "away" softball game against Central Catholic, which does not ...
TRACY - Scott Tolman made school history during his outstanding junior season.
Oakdale handed Sierra an own goal in the game's first minute Monday and battled back from a three-goal deficit to knock the Timberwolves out ...
Regardless of the outcome, three Manteca High boys tennis players are going to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II Individual Tournament.
Sierra High's boys swim team can do no worse than first.