RIPON - No one ever accused Daniel Cardoza of backing down from a challenge.
CERES - The sledding was surprisingly easy for Manteca in a 4-1 win at Ceres Thursday afternoon.
CERES - Manteca's boys and girls teams closed out the Valley Oak League's regular season with victories over host Central Valley Thursday.
Jimi Guibor racked up 16 saves Thursday afternoon at Guss Schmiedt Field, but that was the lone bright spot, as Manteca couldn't scratch out a goal in a scoreless tie with Central Valley.
RIPON – Escalon starter Kaitlyn Brooks took a perfect game into the seventh inning Thursday at Ripon Christian.
Sierra High clinched the Valley Oak League's frosh-soph girls soccer title outright with Thursday's 2-0 victory over Oakdale at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium, but the visiting Mustangs made them work for it.
The storylines were plentiful Wednesday at East Union High, where Sierra, Weston Ranch and the host Lancers gathered for the final Valley Oak League double-dual of the season.
OAKDALE - Cassie Waggy may have saved the game with her glove, and she decided it with her bat.
RIPON - The Ripon Indians collected their third straight Trans Valley League soccer championship Wednesday with a breezy 5-0 win over Modesto Christian.
RIPON - Coming into Wednesday's contest at Ripon High, both the Indians and Hughson had four Trans Valley League losses, two back of second-place Modesto Christian.
The 2009 Tony Horton Invitational may have been played at Manteca Park Golf Course and it may have been hosted by Manteca High, but by the end of the day, the City of Vacaville had taken center stage.
Trina Solario got her team back into it with a three-run single in the fourth, and she capped the come-from-behind surge with the deciding run in the sixth as Manteca snapped a four-game losing streak in the Valley Oak League with Wednesday's 7-5 win over Sonora.
Sierra High's frosh-soph boys and girls capped a dominant Valley Oak League season with undefeated records after blowing out Weston Ranch and host East Union in a double-dual meet Wednesday.
East Union's playoff chances may very well hinge on a costly mistake from a Sonora player.
STOCKTON - The blond streak in Esteban Paramo's hair may have started as a personal statement of style, but it's come to symbolize something much bigger.
Sierra played perfect defense from the second minute to the 78th Monday against visiting East Union.
Brooke Riley shot an even-par 37 to lead East Union's 246-288 win over Manteca at Manteca Park Golf Course. Monday's win moves the Lancers to 5-0 in the Valley Oak League.
RIPON – After an explosive defensive Ripon Christian start left the visiting Orestimba Wildcats wearing roller-skates and its fleet-footed gunslinger struggling to breathe, the Southern League opener at Stouffer Field Friday night looked like an exercise in futility.
LATHROP - When the going got tough, Kristen Maestretti and the Sierra volleyball team got going Thursday in their Valley Oak League match at Lathrop.
East Union proved Thursday night that it can be a threat in the hunt for Sac-Joaquin Section playoff berths, dropping a well-contested four-game loss to visiting Kimball at Dalben Center.
Ripon High's boys water polo team is again short on numbers, and its top player has graduated after leading the program with his scoring prowess in its first four years of existence.
MARIPOSA - At 6-foot-5 with a super-stretch wingspan, Lukas Vermeulen cuts an imposing figure in the goal.
McKenna Doyle set the curve and the Sierra girls golf team followed suit in a 243-395 Valley Oak League victory over Weston Ranch.