After 61 straight dual-match wins, the East Union High girls golf team finally tasted defeat.
Teams qualifying for the Sac-Joaquin Section `playoffs out of the Valley Oak League have traditionally been at a disadvantage.
Except for maybe the Sierra Tournament championship, the tourney-host Timberwolves and cross-town rival East Union got what they wanted out of the grueling one-day, six-team jamboree Saturday.
Giovanni Marin's goal-scoring head ball with 10 minutes remaining vaulted Manteca High's boys soccer team to a 2-1 comeback victory over Petaluma in the first round of their own 4th Annual Buffalo Cup tournament. Defender Oral Nunis set up the go-ahead play with a lofted through ball from deep.
Softball star Ally Walljasper had a productive debut as a varsity volleyball player for Sierra High Thursday.
The East Union High girls tennis team eked out a 5-4 victory over visiting McNair on Thursday.
Jose Acosta and the rest of the Sierra High boys soccer team continued their early-season tear with a 7-0 drubbing of visiting Edison Thursday.
As always, the East Union High girls golf squad maintains some lofty standards.
For now, Vince Bordi's classroom is the octagon - both as teacher and student.
Manteca High's volleyball team showed improvement throughout its three-game loss to visiting Enochs Wednesday.
Miguel Barbosa came away with a hat-trick on Wednesday.
There have been two constants over the last four seasons when it comes to the Valley Oak League girls golf makeup: the East Union Lancers will have to come out and defend their VOL title, and the squad will have to replace their team and the league's best golfer.
Last year for the Ripon Indians girls golf program there was the Escalon Cougars. For the Ripon Christian program, well, there was the entire Valley Foothill League. Both were obstacles that stood in the respective programs' way a year ago and will be tackled again this 2011 season.
Manteca High's boys soccer team got a sneak peak of a potential postseason opponent down the road, but if Tuesday's non-league match with Central Valley is any indication the Buffaloes have a ways to go.
STOCKTON – The Manteca Buffaloes were able to get the season going in the right direction, beating the Weston Ranch Cougars in a 347-354 win Friday at Van Buskirk Golf Course.
The Lathrop High boys golf team hit a milestone in its brief history on Thursday, clinching a spot in the Valley Oak League Championships for the first time with its 223-257 over Manteca at French Camp Golf Course.
The Ripon High Indians again fell to Hughson, losing 12-2 in six innings to the Trans Valley League leaders on Thursday.
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.