The Valley Oak League season is still a ways away, but this weekend's tournament soccer provided some quality glimpses as to how the 2010 season will shape up. Sierra was dominant in its VOL preview victory over East Union, dropping the Lancers 3-0 in the Timberwolves Cup opener Saturday at Sierra High.
Manteca High would have obviously preferred to outlast its opponent in the 3rd Annual Buff Cup championship, but the Buffaloes will certainly accept a 6-4 win over Patterson for the tournament's consolation championship.
The first 20 minutes seemed to be scripting perfect for the Weston Ranch Cougars, but a colossal collapse to a quality Los Banos squad left the Cougars on the short-end of the pursuit for the 3rd Annual Buff Cup championship. Om a 4-1 loss Saturday.
In the first 10 minutes of Manteca High's 3rd Annual Buffalo Cup opener, the Buffaloes found themselves looking up at a 2-0 deficit to the Los Banos Tigers. The Buffaloes didn't flinch; battling back to tie things up, but a goal in the final two minutes forced Manteca to deal with a 3-2 loss to the Tigers Thursday at Manteca High.
The Weston Ranch Cougars jumped out on Ripon High with a quick first-half goal, but the Indians would claw back only to see their come-from-behind hopes sliced by the last of five penalty kicks in the Cougars' shootout win Thursday in the 3rd Annual Buffalo Cup opener.
STOCKTON – The fact that Weston Ranch only had three golfers didn't stop the four-time reigning Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV champions from posting some low numbers in their first outing of their year.
Sierra High had no sympathy for the relatively young Lathrop Spartan squad, rolling over the second-year varsity program with ease Thursday in a 15-0 victory.
Things didn't look promising for the Manteca High varsity girls Friday night when they found themselves down to match point against the Beyer Patriots with their best jump server up at the line.
If the Lathrop Spartans are able to win their season opener it would be the biggest victory in school history. If the Escalon Cougars come into Lathrop and fall to the Spartans it would ruin the perennial powerhouse's season in week one.
STOCKTON - The Sac-Joaquin Section overhauled its postseason format for football last season and has made a few minor tweaks for 2010.
The Manteca Buffaloes did not get the luxury of warming up to the Valley Oak League schedule, drawing a match against perennial league front-runner Oakdale and falling 9.5 to 5.5 Tuesday at home.
Patience and persistence paid off for Corey Navarro.
TRACY - The rebuilding has begun for Sierra's girls golf team under first-year head coach Jack Thomson.
LINDEN - It was a rather ho-hum official start to Ripon's volleyball season Tuesday.
RIPON - Keith Terpsma doesn't know what to expect this season when his Ripon Christian boys soccer team heads into Southern League play for the first time.
Another Ripon-Hughson softball game, another one-run contest.
East Union proved to be a tough out once again for Sierra at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
The Walljasper era hasn't ended just yet for Sierra's softball team.
The Manteca Dolphins have welcomed back a few familiar faces.
LATHROP - Manteca's Haighley Kissee did it all for the Buffaloes on Thursday in a 17-0 five-inning road win over Lathrop in Valley Oak League softball action.
Three school records fell during a Valley Oak League meet at Sierra on Thursday. The Timberwolves boys team overwhelmed visiting Lathrop 113-31, and the girls won, 121-45.
The Ripon High Indians continued their winning ways Thursday by trouncing host Riverbank 16-2 in Trans Valley League play.
The East Union Lancers fell to Oakdale Thursday in Valley Oak League action at the Oakdale Golf and Country Club, 213-231.
Manteca High opened the Valley Oak League season Wednesday with a tough 21-15 home loss to Oakdale.
Ilena Rivera scored a goal midway through the first half, toward the end of the half and added one in the second half for a hat trick to lead East Union to a 5-1 Valley Oak League soccer win over Sierra on Wednesday at Dino Cunial Field.
Rod Wright can draw up a fool-proof game plan to make your center small and insignificant and force you into bad shots.
One day after being shut out across town by contending Manteca, East Union bounced back at home Wednesday with an 8-1 victory over its other intra-city rival Sierra.
The Manteca High Buffaloes improved to 5-0 in the Valley Oak League, defeating visiting rival East Union in boys tennis action, 9-0.
Sierra overwhelmed undermanned Manteca in the first Valley Oak League swim meet of the season Tuesday.
MORAGA - The Sierra boys basketball team gathered in a dimly lit room, searching for the silver lining in a season-ending loss.