ESCALON – Escalon High had no problem battling with the Ripon Indians and keeping the match skin-tight over the first two games, but the Cougars would eventually succumb to the Trans Valley League's best, falling in a 3-0 sweep Wednesday to the Indians.
The Sierra High soccer program stepped into the driver's seat for the Valley Oak League championship with last week's win over Manteca, but the road got a little bumpy Wednesday as the Timberwolves were stopped in Sonora 1-0 by the Wildcats in league action.
Throughout the entire season, the East Union Lancers have turned to one another to find its motivation to continue along an unchallenging 2010 Valley Oak League season. So it was pretty fitting that East Union could only find themselves atop the leader board in Tuesday's VOL Tournament at Lockeford Springs Golf Course.
The opportunity to close out her senior season as the Valley Oak League's No. 1 singles player is right in front of Sierra High's Vannida Nguyen, but to conquer that feat Nguyen will most certainly have to earn that title.
The Lathrop Spartans were able to respond after dropping the first game, bouncing back to take the next three in a 3-1 Valley Oak League win over the Sierra Timberwolves Tuesday.
Mathematically, the Ripon High boys varsity soccer squad remains in the playoff hunt.
The Valley Foothill League's end of season golf tournament was the final opportunity for players to try to extend their seasons, and Ripon Christian's Jennie Wickham as well as the Ripon High team did just that, earning a spot in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V tournament with a strong showing Monday.
It was business as usual for the Ripon Christian volleyball team, as they remained perfect through their first trip in the Southern League, handling Denair High with ease in a 3-0 win Monday.
The East Union Lancers saw the results of coming into a contest without a sense of urgency in their last Valley Oak League loss to Weston Ranch. That was not the case for the Lancers Monday, as they continually fought back to hand Oakdale High a 4-3 loss in VOL action.
The Manteca High varsity volleyball squad continued to show signs of improvement in Valley Oak League play.
Another year, another undefeated regular season for Sierra High doubles standout Stephanie Vanni.
East Union High has been so dominant this year that next week's Valley Oak League Championships is merely a formality. Even a third-place finish would be enough to clinch the girls golf powerhouse its fourth straight title.
STOCKTON - The Ripon High varsity volleyball team continues to stack up with the best.
RIPON - From the defensive endline to the midfield stripe, Ripon High played near flawless soccer during a key Trans Valley League match against Escalon at Mistlin Sports Complex.
Manteca High was taking the better shots, but the host Sierra Timberwolves was making theirs.
STOCKTON - The blond streak in Esteban Paramo's hair may have started as a personal statement of style, but it's come to symbolize something much bigger.
Sierra played perfect defense from the second minute to the 78th Monday against visiting East Union.
Brooke Riley shot an even-par 37 to lead East Union's 246-288 win over Manteca at Manteca Park Golf Course. Monday's win moves the Lancers to 5-0 in the Valley Oak League.
RIPON – After an explosive defensive Ripon Christian start left the visiting Orestimba Wildcats wearing roller-skates and its fleet-footed gunslinger struggling to breathe, the Southern League opener at Stouffer Field Friday night looked like an exercise in futility.
LATHROP - When the going got tough, Kristen Maestretti and the Sierra volleyball team got going Thursday in their Valley Oak League match at Lathrop.
East Union proved Thursday night that it can be a threat in the hunt for Sac-Joaquin Section playoff berths, dropping a well-contested four-game loss to visiting Kimball at Dalben Center.
Ripon High's boys water polo team is again short on numbers, and its top player has graduated after leading the program with his scoring prowess in its first four years of existence.
MARIPOSA - At 6-foot-5 with a super-stretch wingspan, Lukas Vermeulen cuts an imposing figure in the goal.
McKenna Doyle set the curve and the Sierra girls golf team followed suit in a 243-395 Valley Oak League victory over Weston Ranch.
Could a changing of the guard be in order in the Southern League?
STOCKTON - After a scoreless first half Weston Ranch hit two goals in a minute early in the second half and went on to a 3-1 Valley Oak League soccer win over visiting Lathrop.
East Union was 40 minutes away from securing a huge Valley Oak League victory on the road Wednesday against Oakdale.
Ripon ended its nonleague schedule strong, as it crushed visiting Tokay of Lodi 25-22, 25-14, 25-15 on Wednesday.
Brooke Riley carded a 1-under 36 on Manteca Park Golf Course's front nine to anchor East Union's tightly-contested 251-256 victory over visiting Kimball on Wednesday.
STOCKTON – One suffered a flat last week, stalling out in Modesto. The other has taken a while to warm up.