WESTON RANCH - Weston Ranch, East Union and Sonora gathered in south Stockton Tuesday night for a Valley Oak League tri-meet, and the host Cougars came away with a pair of victories, 46-31, over the Lancers and 48-28 over Sonora.
WATSONVILLE - The Manteca High wrestling team had an outstanding weekend at the Apple Cider Classic hosted by Wastonville, finishing 3-2 in the team duals event despite wrestling just nine, and even eight at times, to finish third overall.
SONORA - Weston Ranch was already behind the 8-ball with two starters sitting out the first quarter for disciplinary reasons, and after falling behind 13-0 at the start there was just no way to get around it.
RIPON - Up 59-37 with five and a half minutes left in the fourth, Ripon weathered a furious 17-2 Calaveras run down the stretch to pull out a 67-56 win.
CERES - Lathrop High head coach Dimos Birakos had both good and bad news to report following the Spartan's junior varsity tri-meet against Sierra and Central Valley Tuesday night.
With a 14-game regular-season schedule, it's never too early to start talking championship and playoff implications.
WESTON RANCH - Lathrop High's wrestling team finished 2-3 at the Junior Varsity Cougar Duals Saturday but were just a few points away from capturing the title.
As Manteca head coach Andrea Hiatt pointed out in her postgame comments following a frustrating 64-54 home setback to Oakdale Thursday night, the Valley Oak League season is here, and the time for excuses has passed.
SONORA - It's never easy to win at Sonora, but that's exactly what the East Union freshman girls basketball team did Thursday night, 36-25.
STOCKTON - If all goes as planned, the Valley Oak League will remain an eight-team league with all five Manteca Unified schools still in the mix.
The anticipated fireworks show started later than expected.
SONORA - Statement made.
RIPON - They were expecting one opponent.
East Union split a pair of duals to open up Valley Oak League action Wednesday night, collecting an impressive win over Central Valley, 51-28, before taking its lumps against the perennial powerhouse Oakdale, 69-12.
The Manteca High sophomore basketball team raced out to a 24-6 first-quarter lead Wednesday night at Winter Gym and never looked back, thumping Central Valley, 73-39.
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.