CERES - East Union and Central Valley entered Friday night's contest with identical 2-4 overall and 0-3 Valley Oak League records.
RIVERBANK – It's never easy to rebound when you find yourself down by two touchdowns at halftime.
Jena Anderson tried to suppress her emotions after she and Sierra High No. 1 doubles partner Stephanie Vanni cruised to a routine 6-1, 6-0 victory over Manteca's Amy Kaur and Ali Tolman Thursday.
LATHROP - For a half, it appeared as if Lathrop would pull off the biggest upset of the Valley Oak League season - even if it were to end in a scoreless tie.
Manteca's scrappy play on the defensive line did well enough to make visiting Sonora's big-hitting front work, but the big hitting was too much.
A twice dislocated kneecap forced John Perez to watch from the stands with the "Wolf Pack" cheering section as Sierra High's football team made history by qualifying for its first Sac-Joaquin Section playoff run.
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LATHROP – Lathrop High School doesn't have to look at a zero in front of its record anymore when talking about the play of their varsity volleyball team.
RIPON – In most soccer matches getting two goals in the first 25 minutes would be enough to edge out a victory.
STOCKTON - The faces might have been different, but the sight around the 18th hole of the Brookside Country Club were quite the same on Tuesday afternoon.
Sierra striker Braian Gomez picked up two more goals to stretch his area-leading total to 27 in Tuesday's 3-0 Valley Oak League home victory over rival East Union.
Manteca High ended its home match run on a high note.
HUGHSON - Larry Keethe called them "crazy rotations."
RIPON - Ripon and Ripon Christian finished in the bottom two of the Valley Foothill League - North Division Tournament at Spring Creek Country Club Monday, but both schools will be represented at next week's Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Tournament.
East Union High's sophomore volleyball team battled tough at its own Dalben Center, but crosstown rival Manteca prevailed in three games - 25-18, 19-25, 15-7.
RIPON – Despite senior guard Chase DePrue leading Ripon with 10 points during Friday night's 74-27 loss against powerhouse Modesto Christian, it was fellow senior Derek Hickman who had the highlight of the night in front of the Indians' home crowd.
Weston Ranch is all alone at the top of the Valley Oak League standings after a lopsided 67-30 victory on the road against Oakdale Friday night.
The Sierra-Weston Ranch boys basketball rivalry has reached the college ranks.
LATHROP - Trailing Lathrop by a point and with no timeouts left, Weston Ranch head coach Chris Teevan put all his chips on baby-faced Jaelen Ragsdale.
Sierra didn't play its best half of basketball during Thursday's Valley Oak League matchup against visiting Kimball of Tracy.
East Union put itself in a solid position to steal a Valley Oak League victory on the road against struggling Oakdale Thursday night.
The Ripon Christian basketball squad kept it in cruise control during Thursday's Southern League matchup on the road against Le Grand.
Sierra wrestling coach Alex Nuanez had a heart-to-heart chat with fourth-year senior Jonah Treltas before the Timberwolves' pivotal Valley Oak League match with visiting Kimball on Wednesday.
Manteca junior Chelsea Gomez was all over the hardwood Wednesday night.
Selena Valenzuela and Brendon Curtright pulled out dramatic wins via fall to help Weston Ranch edge Sonora 37-36 in a double dual hosted at East Union on Wednesday. The Cougars also dispatched East Union 66-18 to improve to 2-1 in the Valley Oak League.
Oakdale's Anna Perrone and Madison Hackbarth came up clutch for the Mustangs during Wednesday night's Valley Oak League matchup against East Union.
STOCKTON - Weston Ranch's Rauline Martinez hit a 3-pointer to start the game Wednesday against visiting Lathrop, and the Cougars never looked back in a 69-37 Valley Oak League win.
A spot-up shooter with a spot of blood on his cheek gave East Union a victory it desperately needed.
TRACY - Manteca made 14 of 15 free throws in the fourth quarter and missed just one on the night, scoring 16 points in the final three minutes of the game to regain the lead and defeat host Kimball 59-51 in Valley Oak League boys basketball action.
RIPON - There were times Tuesday night when Ripon showed it could compete with once-beaten Riverbank.