It's a pivotal week for area schools in the Valley Oak League.
The Sierra Timberwolves hauled in a one-sided 117-51 girls victory Thursday, but the boys came up short 85-79 to visiting Ripon High in the two clubs' Valley Oak League swim meet, falling in the final race for the difference.
Brandon Manville picked up a tennis racquet for the first time this past summer.
In a replay of the Valley Oak League's most pivotal rematch, the Manteca High School outlasted host Oakdale in an eight-inning battle that saw the Buffaloes explode for five in the bonus frame of a 6-1 win Thursday.
Sierra's boys track and field team was expected to clinch at least share of its second straight Valley Oak League title, and fifth in seven years, Thursday at Oakdale High.
In a clash between the top two teams in the Valley Oak League, Sierra High maintained the top spot by defeating second-place Kimball in Tracy Thursday, 4-1.
If it wasn't for bad luck, the East Union Lancers wouldn't have any.
Brennon Williams could have been the hero the last time he and the Oakdale High baseball team visited Manteca, but he was robbed of the opportunity.
Will C. Wood High of Vacaville returned home with the Tony Horton Golf Invitational's team and individual championships Wednesday at Manteca Park Golf Course.
After hauling in at least a portion of the 2011 Valley Oak League championship with a 5-0 win over the Lathrop Spartans Tuesday, the East Union tennis players simply stuck around for some extra work. The Lancers will have to stop the Sierra Timberwolves Thursday for the outright crown, and that will be the only thing to get the group a taste of satisfaction.
The Navarro family waited eight years for this moment, but Manteca High's softball program as a whole has waited even longer.
The spring showers won't seem to go away.
East Union boys tennis coach Ron Bylow is taking a lesson from some of the past weekend's first-round NBA playoff upsets.
An upset appeared to be in the making during the first 20 minutes of Monday's Weston Ranch-East Union girls soccer match at Dino Cunial Field.
Over a 10-day period in the last week and a half, three different girls soccer teams had sole possession of first place in the Valley Oak League, and defending champion Sierra High wasn't one of them heading into Friday's marquee matchup at rival East Union.
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.
The Manteca High girls soccer team cruised to its second win in as many days on Saturday, as five different players scored a goal in its 6-0 rout of visiting Chavez.
Escalon scored five runs in the first two innings Saturday and went on to defeat East Union 7-2 in non-league baseball action at Agostini Field.