A highly anticipated match between Sierra No. 1 doubles tandem Stephanie Vanni and Jena Anderson and East Union No. 1 Shalane Jackson and Klasey Kachalkin went down Thursday at East Union High, and although Sierra's best was challenged for the first time this season, Anderson and Vanni prevailed, 10-5.
For 20 minutes, Lathrop, competing in its first varsity season without seniors, hung tough.
RIPON – For Sam Conway, Karen Fredricks and Megan Talbot, three Ripon High juniors who have experienced the last two seasons with head coach Eric D'Ambrosio, Thursday's 191-215 win over Ripon Christian was especially satisfying.
TRACY – Modesty Rodriguez keeps finding open teammates and it keeps leading to Sierra wins.
Sierra's defending Valley Oak League champion frosh-soph soccer team cruised to a 6-0 victory in its regular-season home opener Thursday at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
Daniel Taylor, East Union's first-year offensive coordinator, knows a little about the quarterback position.
RIPON – All that stood between Ripon and an undefeated preseason was a 5-4 shootout loss in the Big Valley Tournament championship.
CERES – Jamie Beck, a 6-foot, 2-inch junior, is leading a Ceres volleyball reawakening this season and Manteca was on the opposite end of her hard-hitting wrath Wednesday in a 0-3 (16-25, 22-25, 22-25) road loss.
Sonora showed up at Manteca High Wednesday and showed what Wildcat tennis is all about in a 15-0 win over the upstart Buffaloes.
Sierra has been a lights-out team in the second half of its games so far this season.
RIPON - Following a 17-25, 14-25, 20-25 loss to Escalon in the Trans Valley League opener Tuesday at home, Ripon Christian head coach Tiger Shelton said that Cougars outside hitter Kaitlin Brayton could be the best player in the conference this season.
The Manteca High tennis team continued its impressive turnaround Tuesday afternoon with a 10-5-4.5 win over visiting Central Valley.
Giovanni Marin poured in four goals in Manteca's 7-1 romp over visiting Sierra Tuesday at Guss Schmiedt Field, but only one of them scores will be remembered.
LATHROP - Considering how hotly contested the first three games were, the deciding fourth, clinched easily by visiting East Union 25-10, was somewhat of a downer.
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.