With four games left in the regular season, the Sierra Timberwolves appear well on their way towards an outright Valley Oak League title.
LATHROP - After surviving seven lead changes and four ties, host Lathrop ended the first half on a 7-0 run and outscored East Union 22-9 in the third quarter on the way to a 64-48 win in Valley Oak League boys basketball action.
Isela Rivera isn't concerned so much about her place in East Union girls soccer lore, though there have been few as productive as the senior striker.
Having battled back from a 21-point deficit to visiting Lathrop and leading by one with 35 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, Manteca's Jessica Hasal penetrated to the key and then dished out to Allison Rachels on the perimeter. Rachels threw up a 3-pointer and by the time it bounced off the glass and through the net she was picking herself up off the floor with the Buffaloes on the way to a thrilling 54-49 Valley Oak League girls basketball victory at Winter Gymnasium.
STOCKTON - With no true post players on his team, Weston Ranch coach Chris Bauer has challenged the two tallest to be more of a presence in the paint.
Not this time.
The Ripon Christian boys basketball team overcame Turlock Christian's considerable size advantage for a second time with Tuesday's commanding 64-51 triumph.
RIPON - Amber Hilvers searched for the words, trying her hardest not to sound disrespectful.
All that matters is who leads at the end. For the Ripon Christian girls' basketball team, that is a good thing.
Lathrop junior Isaiah Ellis put on a show in front of the home crowd Friday night.
In a game that featured a head-to-head showdown between the Valley Oak League's two best senior post players, it was the guards who made the difference.
Weston Ranch put Friday's Valley Oak League ball game against Sierra solely in the hands of standout sophomore Jaelen Ragsdale.
Don't let the records fool you.
RIPON – Tiana Chacon has been an All-Trans Valley League first-team third baseman the past two seasons.
Jan. 15 seems so long ago for Sierra's girls basketball team.
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.