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.
Manteca High got its offensive spark from an unlikely source Monday at rival East Union's Dalben Center.
Another year, another 14-0 record.
HUGHSON - Destiny was in the hands of the Ripon Indians, but not for long.
The Valley Oak League's defending boys golf champion bounced back well after sustaining its first loss of the early season.
By JONAMAR JACINTO
Manteca picked up its first Valley Oak League win of the season with its best score so far, beating Lathrop 247-305 on Manteca Park Golf Course's par-37 front nine.
The Buffalo Cup champion met the consolation winner in Stockton on Tuesday, but both Manteca and Franklin were shorthanded because of spring break.
Patterson started the season with three competitive losses that were decided by a combined four-run margin.
Sophomore Danielle Sperry improved to 3-0 with her eight-strikeout, three-hit gem, and Ripon continued its early-season roll with a 7-0 win over visiting Summerville on Tuesday.
LATHROP – History has followed Gabe Padilla's arrival on the Lathrop High campus, but even the second-year soccer coach understands they are but small steps in a long climb.
RIPON - Ripon wasn't at its best in an 11-1 nonleague win over Lathrop on Monday but was plenty good enough to end it in the bottom of the fifth on Cara Brown's two-run double.
STOCKTON - Wins have not come easy for Weston Ranch and Monday was no different, as Central Valley of Ceres rolled to a 9-0 non-league win.
In a battle of unbeatens Monday, Manteca High returned from Jackson with its perfect record still intact but had to hold off a late charge for a 4-3 victory over Argonaut.
Ripon Christian's girls basketball team is making its third straight CIF Northern California Regional Division V Championships appearance Wednesday and fourth in five years when it takes on NorCal newcomer St. Vincent de Paul in Petaluma.
East Union's softball team nipped St. Mary's 5-4 Saturday in the championship game of the Ted Yoneda Classic, which was hosted by St. Mary's at Arnaiz Stadium in Stockton.
A sluggish start ended up costing Lathrop High's girls soccer team in a 3-2 loss at Edison on Monday.
Sierra sophomore Josh Spooner crossed the finish line and aggressively pumped his fists in celebration Saturday at the Tom Moore Relays at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
Jasmine Basuil made a veteran-like save during Saturday's penalty-kick shootout against Valley Oak League rival Oakdale at Guss Schmeidt Field.