LATHROP - It has been a long time coming, but it's finally here for the Lathrop Spartans who pulled in their first Valley Oak League win, 4-3, against Sonora Thursday.
Jena Anderson and Stephanie Vanni did what was expected of them Thursday against Oakdale to remain the lone undefeated doubles team in the Valley Oak League.
The Manteca High golf team came through with a solid round, yet the squad still fell 11 strokes shy of upsetting the Valley Oak League's second-place team in a 252-263 loss.
RIPON - There are two sides to Ripon High senior Hart Yoshida.
ESCALON – After putting themselves back in contention with a late first half goal, the Ripon Indians outplayed the Escalon Cougars over the final half, ending a nine-game losing drought with a 2-1 win in Trans Valley League play.
The Sierra High cross country program put forth a valiant effort, yet it was unable to slow down the Sonora Wildcats in Wednesday's Valley Oak League Meet No. 2 at Woodward Reservoir.
Weston Ranch was able to put forth a fight in the first game, but that would be all the Cougars could muster up in a 28-26, 25-17, 25-8 loss to the Buffaloes Wednesday in Valley Oak League play.
Even when things don't work out perfect they still work out for the East Union golf team as it overcame scheduling obstacles to win the Sierra Invitational golf tournament with a team score of 485 Wednesday at the Manteca Park Golf Course.
The Manteca High sophomore volleyball team got better as the night went on during a 25-22, 25-13 win over the Weston Ranch Cougars.
LATHROP - The sloppy conditions led to sloppy play at Lathrop High's soccer field Tuesday.
HUGHSON - With the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V playoff power ratings about a week away from being unveiled, all Ripon Christian can do until then is take care of business.
The howling winds and hard-pouring rain didn't keep Manteca, Lathrop and Weston Ranch high schools' boys soccer teams from playing Tuesday, but one match involving another area team was cancelled.
Sierra High finished the first half up by a touchdown and put together a flawless second half to improve to 2-0 in Valley Oak League play with a 34-22 win over the Manteca Buffaloes at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
The Manteca High freshman football team took its season to new heights with an impressive 26-18 win over the Sierra Timberwolves for its second consecutive Valley Oak League victory.
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.