Sonora is one of those bubble teams that worry the Valley Oak League's contenders.
The East Union High girls golf team stayed in a three-way tie atop the Valley Oak League standings by beating Sierra Wednesday at the Manteca Park Golf Course.
In need of a confidence boost, Ripon High's volleyball team got just that in Wednesday's sweep of Hughson on the road.
It had been nearly five years since Manteca High's volleyball team had beaten intra-city rival Sierra.
The Ripon Christian boys soccer team posted a much-needed Southern League win over Turlock Christian on Tuesday.
The Weston Ranch High girls tennis team won its 20th straight match Tuesday, beating Oakdale in the battle for the top spot in the Valley Oak League, 6-3.
Five-game matches are nothing new to Weston Ranch this year.
The upstart Weston Ranch Cougars shot their best score of the season at Van Buskirk Park Golf Course.'
Monday's Valley Oak League contest between Lathrop and host Manteca High was a showcase of freshman phenoms.
RIPON - Ripon High was hardly challenged in racking up the last five championships in the Trans-Valley League.
East Union is now in first place in the Valley Oak League and has Sonora sophomore goalkeeper Andrew Klatt to thank.
The Lathrop High varsity volleyball club got some extra court time last Saturday in Tracy.
It took less than a minute of game time for Oakdale High's freshman football team to take control of its Valley Oak League opener at Sierra Thursday.
Weston Ranch was without No. 3 singles player Samantha Navoa (sprained ankle) for a second straight match Thursday.
Trinity Johnson came away proud of the effort displayed Thursday by her Sierra High volleyball squad.
Ripon High soccer head coach Jamie DeBruyn wanted more, but one goal was all that was needed for his Indians to topple Hilmar 1-0 and pad their in the Trans-Valley League standings Thursday at Stouffer Field.
Ripon Christian hadn't given up a goal in Southern League play until Tuesday.
The Lathrop track and field team continued its breakout campaign Thursday, beating visiting Oakdale at three of the four levels.
Neither Joshua Patton nor Hunter Johnson knows what the future holds.
Lathrop's Keenan Donatelli pitched an outstanding game for six innings Wednesday against host East Union, but things fell apart in the seventh inning of the Valley Oak League contest at Agostini Field.
Manteca busted out of its recent scoring slump Wednesday with a 5-2 victory at Sierra's Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium, and with four regular-season contests remaining it's a safe bet that the prolific Buffaloes will break the 100-goal mark for the first time in program history.
When Miranda McDonnell joined Ripon Aquatics less than two years ago, she sat down with coach Erik Zador and spoke candidly about her goals.
While it's still early in the Valley Oak League race, the Sierra High Timberwolves share the top spot with Oakdale.
A fifth straight Trans-Valley League title may now be out of reach for Ripon High's boys golf team, but coach Chris Musseman has his players' focused train on an even larger prize.
This was supposed to be the year.
Manteca High's boys tennis team secured sole possession of the Valley Oak League crown in its regular-season finale on Tuesday, but 10th-year head coach Frank Fontana and the Buffaloes aren't satisfied yet.
RIPON - Mistakes proved costly for Ripon High during a big Trans-Valley League showdown against first-place Hughson on Tuesday.
Lindsey Walljasper and the Sierra High softball team are playing as well as they've played all season, and their timing couldn't be any better.
Chris Musseman expects better play out of his Ripon High boys golf team the next two days.
East Union swim coach Natalie Heihn won't judge Lathrop by Tuesday's final scores.