RIPON – It didn't take Erik Anaya more than five minutes before he found the back of the net and give Ripon its early lead over the Hughson Huskies Wednesday afternoon.
Sierra High's sophomore volleyball team evened its Valley Oak League record to 3-3 with a 2-1 victory over the Lathrop Spartans. The Timberwolves and Spartans battled valiantly in the contest, yet it was Sierra who was able to pull out the win in the final game.
RIPON - Cheyann Deprue said she took a conservative approach when Ripon teammate Kelsey Johnston set up the final play of the Indians' riveting Trans Valley League match with Escalon Tuesday.
Led by Freshman Erick Noriega's two-0goal effort, the Sierra varsity soccer team improved its Valley Oak League standing with a 10-0 victory over the Lathrop Spartans on Tuesday.
CERES - East Union head coach Julia Bylow thought her Lancers matched up well with Central Valley Tuesday.
OAKDALE – Even with the wind the East Union varsity girls manage to make things happen.
RIPON - Having lost seven of its last eight outings (the other being a draw) to Escalon has Ripon coach Jamie DeBruyn convinced that his team is cursed against one of its biggest Trans Valley League rivals.
WESTON RANCH - East Union had five open looks at Weston Ranch's goal within the first 15 minutes of the second half but couldn't build on its 2-0 halftime cushion.
RIPON - Coming off a blowout loss to Bradshaw Christian in which the Knights surrendered huge yards on the ground, Ripon Christian entered Stouffer Field Saturday night determined not to let it happen again.
The Manteca High sophomore football team (2-1) closed out non-league play Friday with a 28-8 home loss to Enochs.
PATTERSON - Jayson Manuta was a man among boys Thursday in Patterson where the Sierra High freshman football team pounded the Tigers, 30-0.
The Buffaloes made it a night to remember.
It was a contest East Union was expected to control throughout and that's exactly what the Lancers did Friday night at Dino Cunial Field in a 37-7 thumping of first-year Lathrop.
It was like someone flipped a switch on the Sierra High football team at halftime.
WESTON RANCH – Despite a 24-0 home loss to Tokay to finish off a 1-2 preseason, Weston Ranch head coach Mike Hale had a number of positives come out of Friday's contest that the Cougars can now build on heading into the Valley Oak League season.
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.