The golf career of Ripon High senior Samantha Conway began with a skillless session of hitting a bucket of balls, but after four grueling seasons with the Indians, the constant improvements paid off when Conway was accepted to the University of Redlands.
The Manteca Buffaloes got dominant starting pitching from Matt Burrows and capitalized offensively on a Sonora miscue, opening the Valley Oak League baseball schedule with a 4-2 win over the Wildcats Tuesday at Manteca.
Sierra High's upstart softball team hoped to make a statement Tuesday when it opened the Valley Oak League season at Oakdale, home of the two-time defending champion.
Even with one of the most impressive individual rounds of the young season, East Union fell a few strokes short in a 206-209 loss to Oakdale in Valley Oak League play Tuesday.
The East Union and Manteca high school boys golf teams showed some rust in their first match back from spring break Monday at Manteca Park Golf Course.
For the first time in a few seasons, several of the teams in the Valley Oak League will begin the treacherous home-home series' with the chance of winning the championship. Sure, every year coaches tell their kids to play for a championship, only this season those coaches believe they have a shot.
Manteca's three high school softball teams share one common trait this year; they're all young - very young.
Airenne Curry's goal in the 8th minute was all Manteca High's girls soccer team needed in a 2-0 road win at Weston Ranch Monday, which evens the Buffaloes' Valley Oak League record to 1-1.
Opening the contest by jumping on its opponents first has not been the case for Lathrop High, but the Spartans were able to do just that against Bear Creek yet could not keep pace in a 14-4 non-league baseball loss to the Bruins Friday.
RIPON – Throughout the first 40 minutes the Ripon Christian girls soccer team failed to convert on a handful of relatively easy goal conversions, but its luck would change in the second half cruising to a 4-0 Southern League victory Thursday.
The Manteca Buffaloes wanted to close out its non-league schedule playing good baseball and winning ball games ,and the group has accomplished that feat, handling Argonaut High with ease in a 7-1 win Thursday on the road.
Sierra High's boys tennis team appears to have righted the ship after opening the Valley Oak League season with a tiebreaking loss to Kimball of Tracy last week.
Nick Olmo was worried his Sierra softball team would be rusty after taking nearly a full week off from action in Thursday's non-league finale at Linden High.
It came down to the final minutes, but the tone was set at the start of the Sierra High girls soccer team's 3-2 loss to visiting Oakdale in the Valley Oak League opener Wednesday.
The 2011 Lions All-Star Football Game rosters for the North and South teams were announced, and four area standouts will get the opportunity to close their high school football careers in the marquee Central Valley event amongst the best players in the area.
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.