Through one week of Valley Oak League play, it appeared as if it was going to be a Sierra-and-everybody-else race for the boys soccer crown.
Ripon High's girls golf team is off to an 0-5 start in dual matches, but it made up some ground in the Valley Foothill League North Division's midseason tournament Monday
East Union's boys soccer team had no problem getting off to a fast start in its 3-0 win over visiting Weston Ranch Monday.
Thursday's Valley Oak League opener between East Union and host Manteca High ended with somewhat of a whimper after they battled through four tightly-contested games.
Weston Ranch High's volleyball team continued two streaks in its Valley Oak League opener with visiting Kimball of Tracy Thursday.
RIPON – The game was scoreless as Ripon Christian jogged off the field at the half Thursday in its Southern League home opener against Waterford.
Dennis Wells believes that his East Union girls golf team is right where it needs to be at this point in the season.
While its top singles players struggled Thursday afternoon, Manteca High girls' tennis team relied on its remaining singles players and doubles squads to rally to a 6-3 victory over the visiting East Union Lancers.
Tiger Shelton took little satisfaction when his Ripon Christian volleyball team swept rival Ripon in their Foundation Game on Aug. 29.
Oakdale and Sonora have been the top dogs when it comes to volleyball in the Valley Oak League. In the last five years, it's been one - or the other or both in some cases - that has come away with the title.
One scoring sequence summed up Sierra High's 5-0 drubbing of visiting rival East Union Wednesday.
Ricky Morris is focused on returning to the state cross country meet.
The Sierra High girls golf squad put together one of its top efforts of the season Wednesday against Weston Ranch.
It was a tough day for the Sierra High girls tennis squad.
RIPON - Ripon High's three-game loss (18-25, 17-25, 15-25) to Lodi Tuesday is one of those bumps on the road that first-year coach Adrienne Uecker is hoping will help make her volleyball club better.
The Ripon High coed tennis team got clutch victories from its doubles tandems, and the Indians ended visiting Escalon's Trans-Valley League win streak at 88 with a 5-4 stunner last Friday.
After Monday's results in the Valley Oak League, East Union is once again the team everyone else is chasing.
Behind the catcher's mask and all that armor, Jake Souza is a modern-day knight picked to help lead Sierra High's conquest.
Greg Jones knocked in four runs Friday for Manteca and was a home run shy of the cycle as the Buffaloes tallied 11 hits in a 9-4 win over visiting Weston Ranch to wrap up a home-and-home sweep of the Cougars in Valley Oak League baseball action.
East Union's week of heartbreaking losses ended with yet another on Friday.
Manteca's softball team came out swinging in Friday's Valley Oak League contest at Oakdale.
Sierra's swimmers are beginning to peak, though it didn't show in the final outcome of their Valley Oak League dual meet with host Oakdale on Friday.
Matt Rose shot a three-over par 40 to lead the Sierra Timberwolves past rival Manteca in a three-way Valley Oak League golf match at the Manteca Park Golf Course on Thursday.
As assistant coach, Vic DeAnda got to see the Sierra's two best softball pitchers go through the program over the past eight years.
The Sierra boys tennis team exacted revenge against visiting cross-town foe East Union on Thursday, winning 5-4 despite dropping the first three singles matches.
Central Valley Monarcas Academy's newly-added under-14 girls Pride is off and running after winning its first NorCal Premier Spring League match.
Last year, the Ripon Indians swept Escalon in the two-game series decided by one runs.
The Sierra and Oakdale boys track and field teams battled to a rare draw in a Valley Oak League dual meet on Thursday.
Sophomore Ilena Rivera is quickly turning into a human highlight reel for the East Union soccer team.
Leo Soto doesn't have the luxury of a Gold Glove-winning shortstop or the most efficient defense in Sierra High history behind him.