Just two matches into the Valley Oak League tennis season, impressive freshman Logan Staggs of Tracy's Kimball High has already established himself as the runaway favorite for the singles tournament title.
Over the past three seasons Manteca High's baseball team has dominated without cease, outscoring the Titans 38-4. Things have changed in the Titans' program, and Thursday the Buffaloes had their hands full in a 8-5 victory at Manteca High.
Ripon High's boys golf team isn't celebrating yet after its 213-228 win over defending Trans Valley League champion Escalon at Oakdale Golf and Country Club Thursday.
Ripon High's softball team improved to 4-1 in non-league play with its 14-4, six-inning rout of visiting Ripon Christian Thursday.
The Sierra High varsity baseball team overcame a sluggish start by finishing strong in the 13-3 victory over visiting Modesto Christian on Wednesday.
Jerrica Hauck broke the East Union pole vault record in dramatic fashion Wednesday at Sierra High's Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium, but it was the host Timberwolves' girls team, led by distance runner Katelyn Carbiener, that squeaked out a much-needed win to open the Valley Oak League season.
In what looked like one of the best efforts in the Lathrop High baseball program's history, the Riverbank Bruins decided to spoil the moment with three runs in the top of the seventh for a come-from-behind 3-1 win over the host Spartans Wednesday.
This is one tie Sierra High's girls soccer team will gladly settle with.
LATHROP – In the opening stages of Lathrop High's nonleague contest with the Ripon Indians, Lathrop looked evenly matched with the Ripon, holding the lead for the game's first four innings. Ripon eventually took over in a major way, closing its 17-2 win with 14 runs in the last two at bats.
Sierra High wasted little time jumping out on the host Tokay Tigers, pushing across a pair of runs in their first at bat on their way to a 5-2 win over the Tigers Wednesday.
The Valley Oak League schedule got underway Tuesday, and Sierra High did everything it needed to do to open the season with a win. Its match with Kimball High finished in a tie, resorting to a tie-breaker method that left Sierra coping with the loss at Uninon Road Tennis Courts.
No seniors, no problem.
The heartbreaking finish to the 2009-10 season has been erased from the minds of Ripon Christian's seniors.
It was business as usual through a quarter of play in No. 12 Weston Ranch's NorCal opener against fifth-seeded host Burlingame Tuesday.
The East Union baseball team fell behind six runs in the first five innings, setting a 7-1 loss to the Tracy Bulldogs in motion Tuesday in Tracy.
Sierra made its first Valley Oak League match of the season a short one.
ESCALON - Escalon appears to be the class of the Trans-Valley League once again.
Ripon Christian had one of the Sac-Joaquin Section's top teams on the ropes by halftime, but that was DeAndre Stallings' cue to take over for Liberty Ranch.
No practice was as big as Tuesday's session for East Union.
The Sierra High boys basketball team has a 6-foot, 8-inch, rim-rocking, shot-blocking star.
LATHROP - Anand Hundal will probably be on time for practice from now on.
Chris Teevan joked that he might need a search party to find the Weston Ranch boys basketball team's home jerseys.
Kimball put its best defender on East Union's best shooter on the final play of Tuesday's Valley Oak League opener at Dalben Center.
It's not just about what Manteca High's baseball team accomplished, but how it went about doing so.
Sierra begins its Valley Oak League title defense tonight against visiting Oakdale.
In a word - balanced.
STOCKTON – The battle for second place Saturday at Stagg High School's Demolition Day Wrestling Tournament came down to the 285-pound bout between East Union's Michael Villanueva and Sierra's David Saenz. Villanueva got the pin to get the Lancers second place by a point and he was awarded the outstanding heavyweight wrestler award.
Mark Paule Jr. burst onto the scene with seven touchdowns in a season-opening victory at Ripon High, and then never let off the gas.
Ruby Daube stepped up big for East Union once again.
With its bigs slowed by foul trouble, Sierra looked to its guards to end its pre-league schedule on a high note Friday at Tokay.