STOCKTON - You always remember your first.
ESCALON - Eight Weston Ranch junior varsity wrestlers placed at the Escalon JV Tournament Saturday, including four gold medalists.
Kiwi Gardner and Christian Williams took center stage, but Gardner's Manteca Buffaloes stole the show.
Thursday afternoon after shooting a round of golf in Escalon, I asked a friend what his plans were for Friday night.
By the time the night ended, Weston Ranch didn't leave a whole lot of doubters inside of Dalben Center with their 60-40 handling of the Lancers.
ANGELS CAMP – Things didn't start off well for Ripon after the long road trip up to Bret Harte for their last non-league game.
Edy Guzman drained two free throws with 6.6 seconds left to stretch host Sierra's lead, and Josh Walters' deep 3-pointer to tie it from the right wing caromed off the back rim as the Timberwolves held on to stun Manteca 45-42 in sophomore boys basketball action Friday.
WESTON RANCH - Perhaps the young Cougars of Weston Ranch are too naive to understand that they're not supposed to beat an undefeated team that is aiming to win its third straight Valley Oak League title.
Sierra High's impressive 59-44 win over Manteca at Winter Gym Thursday night was a perfect example of how dangerous the Timberwolves can be when they are hitting on all cylinders.
Stephanie Vanni scored eight of her 10 points during the fourth quarter Thursday night in leading the Sierra High sophomore girls basketball team past Manteca, 48-40.
Then soon-to-be freshman Jaqi Gutierrez was at a crossroads after graduating from Shasta School.
WESTON RANCH - While most of the headlines have gone the way of Manteca and Sierra thus far, Weston Ranch, the reigning Valley Oak League champion, has quietly gone about its business.
The "S" word can now re-enter Manteca High's vocabulary.
WESTON RANCH - A buzzer-beating tip-in sealed the Weston Ranch sophomore basketball team's fate Wednesday night in a 53-52 loss to Sonora.
Once bruising Oakdale center Jennie Paugh sat down with her second foul late the first quarter, Sierra stepped up.
Alyssa Burch and the rest of the Manteca High volleyball team couldn't mask their excitement after notching the clinching point.
Escalon had a score to settle with Ripon on Thursday as the two met in a showdown of undefeated teams in the Valley Foothill League's North Division.
Travis Vander Molen found the back of the net twice as the Ripon Christian boys soccer team nearly erased a three-goal deficit in a 5-3 loss to visiting Delhi on Thursday.
The Weston Ranch girls tennis team played its most competitive match of the season in a 5-4 loss to East Union on Thursday.
It was a three-person race for low-medalist honors at Manteca Park Golf Course on Wednesday, where cross-town opponents Manteca and Sierra met for a pivotal Valley Oak League dual match.
Ripon dominated visiting Lodi in a three-game sweep (25-10, 25-14, 25-17) Wednesday.
The Manteca High girls cross country team has some work to do if it wants to keep its spot on the Valley Oak League throne.
RIPON - Despite an aggressive first half, Ripon Christian found itself down by a goal at halftime against visiting Le Grand, the defending Southern League champion.
East Union's girls tennis team relied on its depth to upend visiting Kimball on Tuesday.
The Manteca High girls golf team overcame a strong effort form Oakdale's Dylanie Donahue in a 287-297 victory at Manteca Park Golf Course on Tuesday.
No other Manteca-area volleyball team had a busier pre-league schedule than East Union, a young squad that second-year head coach Rich Posz hopes gained some valuable experience in the last three weeks.
Sierra was playing its seventh game in as many days Monday.
Shannon Wesley led a balanced attack with nine kills, and Emily O'Brien anchored Ripon's defensive effort as the Indians coasted past visiting Sierra 25-16, 25-7, 25-15 in a nonleague match Monday.
No one drew a tougher assignment to start the Valley Oak League boys soccer season than Manteca.
McKenna Doyle became the third different low medalist of the season for Sierra in the team's fourth Valley Oak League match Monday.