OAKDALE - With the toughest two-match stretch of the Valley Oak League season behind them, coach Frank Fontana and his Manteca High boys tennis team can breathe a sigh of relief - for now - after beating Oakdale 11-4 Thursday.
Sierra High can be proud of several things after its 6-4 non-league victory over the Atwater Falcons, but superb defensive play will likely reign supreme after a clutch catch from centerfielder Kenny Leasure wrapped up the Timeberwolves' second win in two days.
In-town rivals Ripon and Ripon Christian's boys and girls basketball teams were awarded for successful seasons during the year-end coaches meetings.
STOCKTON – Manteca shrugged off a tough 6-2 loss Wednesday against Davis High and took it out on the Chavez Titans in a 15-0 blowout Thursday at Chavez High.
CERES – The Sierra High golf team didn't need its best effort, but the squad came close nonetheless, in beating Central Valley with relative ease in a 179-292 Valley Oak League win at River Oaks Golf Course Thursday.
WESTON RANCH – Wafa Hafed put on a performance to remember as the Weston Ranch soccer squad rolled the McNair Eagles 6-0 to close out its non-league schedule with an impressive win.
The Sierra High sophomore softball team exposed the Modesto Panthers in a 15-0 non-league blowout Wednesday at Sierra High.
The Valley Oak League unquestionably has some of the best golfers in the Sac-Joaquin Section and a handful of them were on display Wednesday when Sierra High was edged out by East Union 204-216 Wednesday at Manteca Golf Course.
Vince Bordi has taken a familiar path to success in his final season for San Francisco State's wrestling team.
The eyes of Major League Baseball were watching and Manteca High junior Matt Burrows was poised to take the spotlight. Burrows came close, but he was unable to match the performance of Grace Davis standout pitcher Jake Sisco during the Buffaloes 6-2 loss to Davis Wednesday at Manteca High.
The East Union Lancers have picked up a little steam and now they are rolling into Valley Oak League action, putting together another shutout Wednesday in a 3-0 non-league win over Buhach Colony.
Sierra High broke open a close game with a six-run fourth inning and kept things out of reach with a dominant pitching performance from senior Gabby Hawkins in a non-league victory over Modesto High Wednesday.
SALIDA – The Sierra High baseball team got a nice opening to its 2010 season, beating a talented Modesto Christian team 2-1 in the squads' season debut.
RIPON – Ripon Christian's basketball squad could not have opened its first-round California Interscholastic Federation State boys Championships game against Liberty Christian any better, but its perfect start could not have been more misleading, as the Knights fell 76-73 in overtime Tuesday for a season-ending loss.
OAKLAND – One of the most entertaining teams this postseason finally met its match, as the Ripon Christian girls basketball team closed out its improbable postseason run with a 59-36 in the opening round of the California Interscholastic Federation State Championships Tuesday.
Modesto Christian limited Ripon to just four hits, but the Indians took advantage of seven walks and five errors to post a 9-6 Trans-Valley League baseball win in Salida on Tuesday.
LATHROP - Practice makes perfect.
The Ripon High coed tennis team got clutch victories from its doubles tandems, and the Indians ended visiting Escalon's Trans-Valley League win streak at 88 with a 5-4 stunner last Friday.
After Monday's results in the Valley Oak League, East Union is once again the team everyone else is chasing.
Behind the catcher's mask and all that armor, Jake Souza is a modern-day knight picked to help lead Sierra High's conquest.
Greg Jones knocked in four runs Friday for Manteca and was a home run shy of the cycle as the Buffaloes tallied 11 hits in a 9-4 win over visiting Weston Ranch to wrap up a home-and-home sweep of the Cougars in Valley Oak League baseball action.
East Union's week of heartbreaking losses ended with yet another on Friday.
Manteca's softball team came out swinging in Friday's Valley Oak League contest at Oakdale.
Sierra's swimmers are beginning to peak, though it didn't show in the final outcome of their Valley Oak League dual meet with host Oakdale on Friday.
Matt Rose shot a three-over par 40 to lead the Sierra Timberwolves past rival Manteca in a three-way Valley Oak League golf match at the Manteca Park Golf Course on Thursday.
As assistant coach, Vic DeAnda got to see the Sierra's two best softball pitchers go through the program over the past eight years.
The Sierra boys tennis team exacted revenge against visiting cross-town foe East Union on Thursday, winning 5-4 despite dropping the first three singles matches.
Central Valley Monarcas Academy's newly-added under-14 girls Pride is off and running after winning its first NorCal Premier Spring League match.
Last year, the Ripon Indians swept Escalon in the two-game series decided by one runs.
The Sierra and Oakdale boys track and field teams battled to a rare draw in a Valley Oak League dual meet on Thursday.