It didn't take long for East Union High alumnus Wade Morten to adjust to the college ranks, and hitting baseballs with a wooden bat was part of the challenge.
MODESTO - Three Riponites qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III Individual Tournament.
It was more than just a gathering for all of the athletes in the Valley Oak Leagues' nine track and field programs. The VOL championships at Sierra High Saturday were the final opportunity for participants to win a league title and to continue their 2010 season for another few weeks.
LATHROP – The Valley Oak League has one of the deepest group of softball teams in the Sac-Joaquin Section, and the Sierra Timberwolves are poised to be one of the league's representatives this postseason taking another step towards their goal in a 15-0 win over Lathrop High Friday.
ESCALON – After a meeting Ripon High felt they should have won this past Wednesday, the Escalon Cougars decided to display some separation, destroying the Indians 15-0 Friday in Trans Valley League play.
Playing catch isn't always as easy as it looks.
Stephanie Vanni found herself directly in front of the goalie just seconds into Sierra's Valley Oak League deciding contest with Weston Ranch. Vanni knew exactly what to do, pounding the Timberwolves' first attempt into the net for an instant 1-0 lead and a smooth path to a 5-0 win and the squads second consecutive league championship.
CERES – After battling the best singles players in the Valley Oak League for the regular season, Manteca High's Alex McAdams and Alex Barragan teamed up for a quality ride, outlasting some 20-plus doubles teams for the VOL doubles championship Thursday at Ceres High.
There wasn't anything left but pride at stake by the time East Union and Manteca kicked off their final Valley Oak League match of the season Thursday night at Guss Schmiedt Field.
Things weren't looking good for Steven Gigli after he turned the ball over to East Union head coach Dan Triglia in the third inning and made the short walk from the mound to shortstop.
The East Union Lancers seem to have no respect of their opponents' capabilities, destroying their second consecutive Valley Oak league opponent by nine runs with the Lancers' 9-0 win over the visiting Weston Ranch Cougars Thursday.
RIPON – The Ripon Christian Knights scored two in the first for a quick lead and wouldn't surrender it, holding off a late Modesto Christian rally for a 5-2 Trans Valley League win Thursday.
East Union's Zach Carrillo came a base on balls and a hits batsman away from a perfect game, dominating the Ceres Bulldogs in a 7-0 Valley Oak League win for the Lancers Thursday.
RIPON – Ripon High's Ryan Durrer came to the plate as the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning, but could not hand the Escalon Cougars their first loss in over a month, striking out and sending Escalon home with a 6-4 Trans Valley League win.
Oakdale High junior Brianna Parker completed her string of dominance against Manteca schools in a big way.
It was on this same field last season that the Manteca High baseball team celebrated one of its greatest moments.
The final outcome was the same, but the rematch was more decisive.
East Union held on to beat visiting Kimball for its first Valley Oak League win of the season Thursday at Agostini Field.
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Sisters Kindra and Maddi Hackbarth put on a hitting clinic Wednesday at Oakdale, helping the host Mustangs blast Sierra 11-4 in a duel of Valley Oak League contenders.
It turns out there will be some drama in the Trans-Valley League after all.
The Sierra High Timberwolves won't much time to enjoy their 7-6 win at Manteca on Wednesday.
The Valley Oak League schedule makers didn't waste any time putting the lions in the ring with one another last fall.
David Hager called sophomore Jason Medina "the big offensive hero" in visiting Weston Ranch's 7-3 upset of Central Catholic on Wednesday.
Little needs to be said between Leah Manuleleua and Lejla Pepic on the pitch.
The last time East Union faced Oakdale they tussled to a 1-1 draw.
The Manteca area's top two high school boys golfers did not go head-to-head on Wednesday, but their teams did.
Sierra's bats started hot, its pitcher got into a groove later and the defense was solid throughout.
In a span of a little bit over five minutes – 5:23, to be exact – the Ripon Indians scored a barrage of goals Tuesday against defending Trans Valley League champion Escalon.
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.