Don't look now, but the East Union Lancers are putting together a nice little run.
One is a seasoned vet who has already wrestled at the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament and is hoping to make it to state as a senior.
Sierra beating Oakdale wasn't much of a shocker.
SONORA - Weston Ranch's attempt at garnering its second straight Valley Oak League championship is beginning to fade after its 55-53 loss to Sonora Wednesday.
Teejay Gordon scored 16 points as the East Union sophomore basketball team raced away from Central Valley in a 56-40 win.
ELK GROVE – Weston Ranch travelled north to Rosemont High Saturday afternoon for the Sac-Joaquin Section Team Duals Tournament and was turned away after one match, falling to Placer, 39-19.
STOCKTON – Ripon High freshman Julianna Triplett made history Saturday afternoon, becoming the first 165-pound girls wrestler ever to capture a Sac-Joaquin Section championship.
LATHROP – Erica Sanchez netted 16 points and Jasmine Elder added 12 Saturday at Lathrop High, but it wouldn't be enough, as the Manteca sophomore girls basketball team feasted in the paint and pulled out a 55-41 win.
Manteca sophomore Kiwi Gardner was already red hot, but he passed up a wide-open 3-pointer to let an ice-cold teammate attempt the biggest shot of the game.
WESTON RANCH – The last time the Weston Ranch Cougars took on East Union, they breezed their way to a victory with a commanding 20-point margin, 60-40.
RIVERBANK - Daniel Van De Pol scored 16 of his game-high 18 in the second half Friday night as Ripon Christian upended Riverbank for the second time this season, 55-50.
WESTON RANCH – TeeJay Gordon led the way to victory for the East Union sophomore boys basketball team Friday night, 45-36, at Weston Ranch.
Coming off just their second loss of the season, a loss reminiscent to one suffered at the hands of Weston Ranch the first time around, there was very little that could stand in the way of Rachel McDaniel, Ashley Rose and the rest of the East Union Lancers Thursday night at the Dalben Center.
RIPON – When the Ripon Indians fell to the Hughson Huskies in their first matchup on Jan. 20, they did so without starting senior and floor general Jessica Blythe who was out with a back injury.
The Buffaloes are beginning to believe.
After giving up the lead in the fourth quarter Thursday, Sierra bounced back with a 28-yard touchdown pass from Caden Worth to Brandy James with 4:53 showing on the clock and held on for the 12-7 win over visiting Ripon in non-league freshman football action at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
Weston Ranch successfully defended its Stagg Brown and Gold Cup crown on Saturday, securing the championship with a 2-0 win over the host team.
The Ripon and Sierra football teams will rekindle their rivalry in the marquee Zero Week game tonight.
LODI - Leagues are realigned.
Manteca and East Union are out for revenge, while Lathrop's second-year head coach returns to his hometown to lead the Spartans onto familiar grounds.
Brooke Riley stood shoulder to shoulder with a teammate, both staring down the third fairway at Manteca Park Golf Course.
LATHROP – Alfredo Reynaga hasn't wasted any time putting his stamp on the Lathrop High boys soccer program.
Weston Ranch isn't going to surprise anybody this year.
Ripon Christian has re-established itself as a force among Sac-Joaquin Section small-school powers following eight straight losing seasons.
The Ripon High boys soccer team didn't just lose the area's top player from a year ago.
Kevin Mendiola wheeled back with his right foot and took the ball off a bounce, sending it crashing into the back of the net.
An undefeated league record and a playoff win would be seen as successful for most teams. Ripon Christian did that in the 2013-2014 season, and for the Knights it was an off year.
In this her 10th year in the Sierra volleyball program, Timberwolves coach Trinity Johnson is looking to improve on last year's 1-13 Valley Oak League record – 3-19 overall – and she is not afraid to think outside the box to do it.
The Manteca Futbol Club Flash under-12 girls soccer team might not have a flashy Northern California ranking, but that could soon change.
It is not often that a team has momentum after graduating its core players, but the East Union volleyball team is riding high going into this year's Valley Oak League campaign.