The Valley Oak League's top girls golf team appears to be getting better.
Weston Ranch High has its first-ever Valley Oak League championship girls tennis team after the Cougars defeated Kimball 4-1at home Thursday.
Ripon High had the shots, but the only ones that matter are the ones that go in.
Co-head coach Brian Goulart was anxious to see how his East Union High girls golf team would perform in Wednesday's Sierra Invitational - the Lancers' first and last 18-hole event of the season before the Valley Oak League Championships.
The Manteca Buffaloes wanted to come out aggressively and that is exactly what the squad did in a 3-0 Valley Oak League win over Kimball High Wednesday.
Things went according to plan for the Ripon Indians Wednesday in their Trans Valley League match with Riverbank High, as they stopped the Bruins with relative ease in a 25-13, 25-12 and 25-12 win at Ripon High.
Manteca High coach Tim Horning sat at the end of the bench, head buried into his hands while his players settled into their seats on the other end of the court between the second and third games.
WESTON RANCH – This Valley Oak League season had been full of firsts for the Weston Ranch Cougars, and if the season were to end today they would be in first-place. But the team's business is far from done, as it took a gigantic step towards their goal with a 3-2 win over Sierra High Tuesday.
Ripon Christian's first stint through the Southern League has become as routine as bumping, setting and spiking.
The Southern League has not treated its newest member too kindly, as the Ripon Christian Knights ran into another one-sided defeat, 8-1 against visiting Gustine Tuesday.
The Manteca High cross-country team made a trip to the coast for the 39th Annual Half Moon Bay Artichoke Cross Country Invitational Saturday, competing against several programs at Half Moon Bay High.
After getting pushed round in two losses to start the match, East Union held a five-point lead with five points to go but couldn't finish the deal in a 3-0 loss to the visiting Oakdale Mustangs Thursday at the Dalben Center.
Weston Ranch mounted spirited comebacks in the first three games, but when intra-district host Sierra High attempted its own in the fourth the Cougars calmly put the finishing touches in their thrilling victory - 25-23, 24-26, 26-24, 25-19.
Manteca High still hasn't gotten over the hump, but coach Tim Horning saw some encouraging things out of his team in a three-game loss - 19-25, 12-25, 18-25 - to Valley Oak League defending champion Sonora Thursday at Winter Gym.
At this point, Ripon High will take goals any way it can get them.
Manteca passed what head coach Justin Coenenberg called its "biggest test in the preseason so far" Wednesday when the Buffaloes knocked off visiting Tracy, 3-1.
Danielle Danielle Sperry was near-perfect in Ripon's 8-0 shutout of visiting Delhi on Wednesday.
Manteca blanked host Sierra 9-0 to continue its perfect start to the season.
Ripon may have missed out on its only chance at beating the top team in the Trans-Valley League on Wednesday.
Noah Hennecke struck out seven and walked two over six innings for Lodi, while East Union struggled in all facets in a 13-1 loss that went the distance Wednesday at Agostini Field.
SACRAMENTO - Hunter Johnson and Daniel Wyatt weren't at full strength to begin with.
And so the Maria Vazquez era begins at Sierra High.
RIPON – The Ripon High girls soccer team doesn't have the flashy striker with video-game numbers or a fresh Sac-Joaquin Section championship banner blowing in its corner.
SACRAMENTO - It was at this gym two years ago that Weston Ranch missed an opportunity to face Valley Oak League nemesis Sierra for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III championship.
Sierra High relied on defense in its 12-2 preseason win over visiting Johansen on Tuesday.
With each match, Frank Fontana learns something new about his tennis team.
WESTON RANCH – Jaelen Ragsdale, the moment is yours.
Sierra already proved to be the best in the Valley Oak League for a fourth straight season.
The big man has tried cold compressions, massages, laser treatments and muscle stimulation.
LATHROP – After giving up four first-inning runs, Lathrop pitcher Samantha Fonseca allowed just one for the rest of the game as the Spartans ended their contest with visiting Edison via the mercy rule with a 16-5 drubbing of the Vikings.