OAKDALE - With the toughest two-match stretch of the Valley Oak League season behind them, coach Frank Fontana and his Manteca High boys tennis team can breathe a sigh of relief - for now - after beating Oakdale 11-4 Thursday.
Sierra High can be proud of several things after its 6-4 non-league victory over the Atwater Falcons, but superb defensive play will likely reign supreme after a clutch catch from centerfielder Kenny Leasure wrapped up the Timeberwolves' second win in two days.
In-town rivals Ripon and Ripon Christian's boys and girls basketball teams were awarded for successful seasons during the year-end coaches meetings.
STOCKTON – Manteca shrugged off a tough 6-2 loss Wednesday against Davis High and took it out on the Chavez Titans in a 15-0 blowout Thursday at Chavez High.
CERES – The Sierra High golf team didn't need its best effort, but the squad came close nonetheless, in beating Central Valley with relative ease in a 179-292 Valley Oak League win at River Oaks Golf Course Thursday.
WESTON RANCH – Wafa Hafed put on a performance to remember as the Weston Ranch soccer squad rolled the McNair Eagles 6-0 to close out its non-league schedule with an impressive win.
The Sierra High sophomore softball team exposed the Modesto Panthers in a 15-0 non-league blowout Wednesday at Sierra High.
The Valley Oak League unquestionably has some of the best golfers in the Sac-Joaquin Section and a handful of them were on display Wednesday when Sierra High was edged out by East Union 204-216 Wednesday at Manteca Golf Course.
Vince Bordi has taken a familiar path to success in his final season for San Francisco State's wrestling team.
The eyes of Major League Baseball were watching and Manteca High junior Matt Burrows was poised to take the spotlight. Burrows came close, but he was unable to match the performance of Grace Davis standout pitcher Jake Sisco during the Buffaloes 6-2 loss to Davis Wednesday at Manteca High.
The East Union Lancers have picked up a little steam and now they are rolling into Valley Oak League action, putting together another shutout Wednesday in a 3-0 non-league win over Buhach Colony.
Sierra High broke open a close game with a six-run fourth inning and kept things out of reach with a dominant pitching performance from senior Gabby Hawkins in a non-league victory over Modesto High Wednesday.
SALIDA – The Sierra High baseball team got a nice opening to its 2010 season, beating a talented Modesto Christian team 2-1 in the squads' season debut.
RIPON – Ripon Christian's basketball squad could not have opened its first-round California Interscholastic Federation State boys Championships game against Liberty Christian any better, but its perfect start could not have been more misleading, as the Knights fell 76-73 in overtime Tuesday for a season-ending loss.
OAKLAND – One of the most entertaining teams this postseason finally met its match, as the Ripon Christian girls basketball team closed out its improbable postseason run with a 59-36 in the opening round of the California Interscholastic Federation State Championships Tuesday.
By JAMES BURNS
Weston Ranch put together a solid all-around effort in its season-opener at Stagg on Wednesday, winning decisively, 8-1.
Neil MacDannald is perfect so far in his return to the dugout as Manteca High's head baseball coach, though things didn't always go perfectly in the Buffaloes' season opener against visiting Beyer on Tuesday.
Manteca High's boys tennis team is looking to reclaim the throne in the Valley Oak League.
Sierra bounced back from its season-opening loss with its commanding 12-1 five-inning victory at Johansen (Modesto) on Tuesday. The Timberwolves were coming off Monday's 9-2 road defeat to Turlock.
Sierra Downum had a foot in both of Lathrop's goals in a 2-0 shutout at Pacheco of Los Banos on Tuesday.
Ripon High boys golf coach Chris Musseman isn't getting his hopes up just yet, but his team's Trans-Valley League opening win gives him reason for optimism.
Jeff Williams considered his Sierra boys golf team to be "very fortunate" Tuesday when it began the Valley Oak League season at Oakdale Golf & Country Club, where the Timberwolves nipped host Oakdale, 253-259.
It's been nearly three full months since Ripon Christian's girls basketball team last tasted defeat, a 53-33 setback against Liberty of Brentwood during the 30th Annual Stonebarger Tournament on Dec. 14.
Defense wins championships for Sierra High's boys basketball team.
A two-goal lead was plenty wide enough for Victor Polanco to get every East Union player a chance to show their first-year head coach what they can do in a live match and under soggy conditions Monday night.
TURLOCK – It wasn't the clean start Sierra skipper Jack Thomson had hoped for.
Some of the Sac-Joaquin Section's top boys golf programs converged on the par-72 Del Rio Golf and Country Club in Modesto for Central Catholic's Invitational Preview on Monday.
Alyssa Cantu and Jasmine Ivey both made their third consecutive appearance at the CIF 2014 State Girls Wrestling Championships this past weekend at the Visalia Convention Center.
The Lathrop girls soccer team opened the spring season with a 1-1 non-league draw against McNair-Stockton on Saturday.