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.
Andy Vandergraft capitalized on his opportunity to redeem himself.
Sonora point guard Kelli Keefe wears No. 3 for good reason.
CERES - Undefeated East Union got its wake-up call early.
LINDEN - As much as Ripon junior Matt Ratto was struggling with his 3-point shot, the Linden Lions made sure that he wasn't the one to beat them during a closer-than-expected non-league contest Tuesday.
Lathrop High's first-year wrestling team split its junior varsity matches to open Valley Oak League action Tuesday, losing to Weston Ranch 55-22 before beating host Manteca, 78-6.
It took East Union seven minutes and 19 seconds to score its first field goal Tuesday night in a 47-30 win over Grace Davis at the Dalben Center.
It started a little over four years ago, the summer before Krysta Clark's freshman year at East Union.
The outmanned Sierra High sophomore boys basketball team was not outplayed in its 48-38 win over visiting Modesto Tuesday.
And with 6 minutes, 41 seconds left in the game, Christian Williams rested.
Sealy McAdams and Elizabeth Tolbert's last two matches in Thursday's Valley Oak League Doubles Tournament held at East Union had entirely different endings.
Alyssa Burch hosted another block party at Manteca High's Winter Gym on Thursday.
Orestimba scored the first and final goals, but Ripon Christian did more than enough damage in between to leave Newman with a 5-2 victory and at least a share of the Southern League championship.
Injury-hampered Ripon gave up two second-half goals by Ulises Ramirez on set pieces and are now in danger of not repeating as league champions no thanks to Thursday's 2-0 loss at Escalon.
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.