In baseball, a team has to score to win, and only one program was able to do that in Manteca's 1-0 Valley Oak League win over the East Union Lancers Wednesday.
With each Valley Oak League contest played, the importance continues to grow at season's end, and the Sierra Timberwolves did not waste an opportunity, holding off the Weston Ranch Cougars 12-5 Wednesday in VOL action.
The Manteca Buffaloes were a few innings from extending their postseason hopes a little further, but an error-filled fifth inning gave Kimball High all the ammunition it would need for a 7-5 Valley Oak League win over the Buffaloes Wednesday.
The Valley Oak League's singles tournament had a No. 1 seed expected to make it to Thursday's Championship match, and a No. 2 seed that shows he deserves the challenge. Sierra's Kevin Rausa handled his portion of the deal, earning a spot against league No. 1 seed Logan Staggs for the league crown.
For a moment, it seemed as if the Sonora Wildcats would decrease Sierra's chances at pulling in one of the three Valley Oak League playoff spots up for grabs during the stretch run. Only Dylan DeBrouwer had other plans, going the distance for the Timberwolves in a 7-4 win Tuesday.
Sierra High freshman hurler Allison Walljasper tossed a one-hitter Tuesday to lead her team past host Weston Ranch, 12-0.
It's a pivotal week for area schools in the Valley Oak League.
The Sierra Timberwolves hauled in a one-sided 117-51 girls victory Thursday, but the boys came up short 85-79 to visiting Ripon High in the two clubs' Valley Oak League swim meet, falling in the final race for the difference.
Brandon Manville picked up a tennis racquet for the first time this past summer.
In a replay of the Valley Oak League's most pivotal rematch, the Manteca High School outlasted host Oakdale in an eight-inning battle that saw the Buffaloes explode for five in the bonus frame of a 6-1 win Thursday.
Sierra's boys track and field team was expected to clinch at least share of its second straight Valley Oak League title, and fifth in seven years, Thursday at Oakdale High.
In a clash between the top two teams in the Valley Oak League, Sierra High maintained the top spot by defeating second-place Kimball in Tracy Thursday, 4-1.
If it wasn't for bad luck, the East Union Lancers wouldn't have any.
Brennon Williams could have been the hero the last time he and the Oakdale High baseball team visited Manteca, but he was robbed of the opportunity.
Will C. Wood High of Vacaville returned home with the Tony Horton Golf Invitational's team and individual championships Wednesday at Manteca Park Golf Course.
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.