Let the Trans Valley League games begin.
LINCOLN - Zach Williams and Marcus Gonzales fared well at the always-tough Mark Fuller Invitational Saturday.
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.
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.
Ripon Christian visited Delhi on Tuesday and avenged its only Southern League loss with a 1-0 victory that keeps the Knights atop the standings.
Ripon overcame serving errors and a game Hughson squad in a Trans-Valley League road match Wednesday.
The Manteca Jr. Timberwolves' novice football team rode the legs of Elijah Cota in Saturday's overtime 25-19 victory over their cross-town rival Chargers.
Escalon got one step closer to clinching the Valley Foothill League's North Division championship Tuesday after beating second-place Ripon 160-175 at Escalon Golf Course.
Weston Ranch beat East Union at its own game in a duel between the Valley Oak League's hottest teams Monday at Dino Cunial Field.
Coming off a tough five-game loss to rival Escalon, Ripon bounced back nicely with Monday's 25-13, 25-10, 25-23 sweep at Modesto Christian.
East Union's Edmi Lopez is a Timberwolf slayer.
Ripon Christian's boys soccer team overcame a halftime deficit, and Andrew Manes nailed the go-ahead goal in the 72nd minute to knock off host Le Grand 2-1 on Thursday.
The Manteca and East Union volleyball teams split their first two sets Wednesday before the visiting Lancers atoned for an earlier season sweep and pulled away to win the next two for a 25-21, 24-26, 25-22, 25-17 win in Valley Oak League action at Winter Gymnasium.
East Union co-head coaches Brian Goulart and Dennis Wells figured this was the year that the Lancers' run of championships in the Sierra Invitational would end.