CERES - How much has Manteca missed Rileigh Mankin?
OAKDALE - Logan Bruce led off the fourth inning with a leadoff home run, and it was off to the races for the Oakdale Mustangs.
RIPON - Fresh off its third-place finish in the Orestimba Tournament, Ripon Christian appears to be picking up steam heading down the final stretch of the Trans Valley League season with a 5-1 victory over Riverbank Tuesday.
Ceres only sent three golfers to Manteca Park Golf Course, but the Lancers didn't take the day off.
The bats were on and popping Tuesday in Lathrop as the Spartans sophomore softball team spanked Central Valley, 23-1.
TRACY - Manteca head softball coach Todd Hardcastle didn't think twice about helping out Nick Olmo and the Sierra High Timberwolves Saturday during the Nor-Cal Classic softball tournament held at the Tracy Sports Complex.
MERCED - The Manteca Freestyle Wrestling Club placed three grapplers Saturday at the Merced Tournament hosted by Golden Valley High.
TRACY - Weston Ranch's Angelysa Washington's blast from the past had Ripon head coach Robert Vernon thinking, "Here we go again."
The Sierra High girls swimming team won its seventh straight Valley Oak League meet Friday at Sonora High, 118-52, to claim at least a share of the league title for the third consecutive season.
RIPON - Kyle Wagner opened the scoring with a solo shot, and ended the game with a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh Friday at Ripon High, where the Indians completed a two-game, non-league sweep of Hilmar with a 3-2 win.
LOOMIS – Sierra's varsity girls finished second and the frosh-soph boys finished fourth overall in the team point standings Friday at the Del Oro Invitational, a promising sign heading toward the postseason as a number of big name track programs were on hand including Placer, Franklin of Elk Grove and host Del Oro.
It was a match that everyone expected to be ugly.
Scottie DeBrouwer knew that he had a golden opportunity in front of him as he stepped into the batter's box.
Sierra and East Union showed why they are considered the Valley Oak League's premier golf programs Thursday at Manteca Park Golf Course in a 197-211 Timberwolves win.
TRACY - It turns out East Union will not successfully defend its 2008 Nor-Cal Classic championship.
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.