RIPON - It didn't take long for the wind to play a role in Thursday's big Southern League match involving Waterford and Ripon Christian.
It's a tied ballgame, there's a runner on third with no out in the bottom of the seventh inning, and No. 9 batter Adrian Valencia had the big boppers behind him in the order itching to drive in the winning run should he fail to do so himself.
East Union fresh-faced freshman forwards Gina Dias and Isela Rivera have already showed the rest of the Valley Oak League why the Lancers are going to be a force to be reckoned with for years.
Errors and missed opportunities proved costly Wednesday for the Ripon High varsity softball squad.
East Union has been the top softball program for years, but there appears to be a new sheriff in town.
Jillian Goulart and Logan Vos' achievements in high school extend outside the athletic arena.
The coast is far from clear for East Union High's boys tennis team, but the Lancers are liking the spot they're in at the moment.
It appears to be a four-team race for the title and three postseason berths the way the Valley Oak League girls soccer season is shaping up.
Manteca High's softball team hopes last week's discouraging loss to Kimball is fully behind it after beating visiting Lathrop 8-0 Monday.
One gutty pitching performance was spoiled in its previous outing, and another was wasted Monday for East Union High's baseball team.
The winless streak is over for East Union High's girls soccer team, which snapped a string of three straight draws Monday with a 5-0 shutout of host Sonora
After a grueling three hours of tennis, it came down to the East Union No. 1 doubles team against the Manteca High No. 2 doubles team, and the Lancers' combination of Chris Garcia and Matt Eichsteadt handled the task, posting a 10-8 win for an 8-7 East Union victory.
Sierra High pitcher Dylan DeBrouwer was bothered by an uncooperrative throwing arm Friday against visiting Kimball of Tracy.
In an effort that can only be summarized as atrocious, the Manteca High Softball team squandered a gritty outing from freshman pitcher Peyton Rose, getting mercy-ruled by Kimball 13-0 Thursday in Valley Oak League play.
The Sierra High varsity softball team was rewarded with another sterling pitching performance from freshman Allison Walljasper, helping the Timberwolves to a 6-0 shutout victory over visiting Weston Ranch Thursday.
Chris Musseman expects better play out of his Ripon High boys golf team the next two days.
East Union swim coach Natalie Heihn won't judge Lathrop by Tuesday's final scores.
Hughson has rarely been a kind host to Ripon's girls soccer team in recent years.
Tristan Smith has his return to Bakersfield all mapped out, with push-pins marking all of wrestling's usual stops: league and divisional championships, Masters and lastly, state.
After an early free-kick goal, the high-octane East Union offense could not manage another goal until the game's last minute but Sierra did not take advantage of multiple scoring opportunities and lost to the visiting Lancers 2-0 Monday in Valley Oak League soccer action at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
Scoring goals hadn't been an issue for Manteca High's girls soccer team all season.
TRACY – Entering the game in the bottom of the last inning with the tying run at the plate, two runners on and no outs would be pressure-filled for the most seasoned of pitchers – just do not tell that to East Union sophomore Delaney Pamplin.
At 5-foot-1 11, 285 pounds, Steven Martinez is a big guy who can run.
It is tough enough to beat the East Union soccer team without giving the Lancers a goal to start the game.
The Sierra High Timberwolves came away with the Valley Oak League split Friday thanks to some outstanding pitching by Jakob Gallagher.
The Sierra High boys' 200 freestyle relay team set a school record during the Valley Oak League dual swim meet at East Union Friday.
Haighley Kissee knows what it is like to be perfect.
Kevin Milam is the pitching ace for Heritage High of Brentwood.
OAKLAND (AP) - After being shut down the first three games, the big bats of the Texas Rangers finally broke through.
LATHROP – Weston Ranch took advantage of four Lathrop errors and enjoyed a complete-game outing from sophomore pitcher Manuel Rubio to defeat the host Spartans 7-2 in Valley Oak League baseball action on Thursday.