East Union High leadoff hitter Justin Dias may have finally busted out of his slump.
Both Manteca and Sierra turned to their freshman hurlers to try and continue their winning ways, but after a string of fourth-inning Manteca defensive miscues Sierra's Allison Walljasper stepped to the forefront for a 5-0 Valley Oak League win Thursday.
RIPON - Ripon High hurler Hayden Koch had only given up a single run against the high-powered Escalon offense and punched out five batters in the first three innings of the second meeting of the two Trans Valley League rivals Thursday.
RIPON - It didn't take long for the wind to play a role in Thursday's big Southern League match involving Waterford and Ripon Christian.
It's a tied ballgame, there's a runner on third with no out in the bottom of the seventh inning, and No. 9 batter Adrian Valencia had the big boppers behind him in the order itching to drive in the winning run should he fail to do so himself.
East Union fresh-faced freshman forwards Gina Dias and Isela Rivera have already showed the rest of the Valley Oak League why the Lancers are going to be a force to be reckoned with for years.
Errors and missed opportunities proved costly Wednesday for the Ripon High varsity softball squad.
East Union has been the top softball program for years, but there appears to be a new sheriff in town.
Jillian Goulart and Logan Vos' achievements in high school extend outside the athletic arena.
The coast is far from clear for East Union High's boys tennis team, but the Lancers are liking the spot they're in at the moment.
It appears to be a four-team race for the title and three postseason berths the way the Valley Oak League girls soccer season is shaping up.
Manteca High's softball team hopes last week's discouraging loss to Kimball is fully behind it after beating visiting Lathrop 8-0 Monday.
One gutty pitching performance was spoiled in its previous outing, and another was wasted Monday for East Union High's baseball team.
The winless streak is over for East Union High's girls soccer team, which snapped a string of three straight draws Monday with a 5-0 shutout of host Sonora
After a grueling three hours of tennis, it came down to the East Union No. 1 doubles team against the Manteca High No. 2 doubles team, and the Lancers' combination of Chris Garcia and Matt Eichsteadt handled the task, posting a 10-8 win for an 8-7 East Union victory.
Weston Ranch junior Jordan Severin didn't know he was going to get the starting nod until about 30 minutes before throwing the first pitch in Wednesday's Valley Oak League tilt with visiting Kimball.
RIPON - In seven innings against a defending Sac-Joaquin Section champion, Ripon coach Jon Manrique bore witness to the very best and worst of his baseball team.
The East Union track and field team won at every level in a Valley Oak League dual meet with visiting Central Catholic on Wednesday.
Yok Jing Ma won't get another crack at Kimball standout Garrett Chun.
One has to wonder what type of game Kindra Hackbarth would have had if she was healthy.
National speaker and former collegiate athletic director Jack Renkens is bringing his no-nonsense insight on the world of college recruiting to Manteca High.
The tone was set on the first race of the day.
After a scoreless first half, Ripon Christian found its footing against visiting Delhi on Tuesday, winning 5-0 in the Southern League match.
Central Catholic, East Union and Oakdale boast the most accomplished boys golf programs in the Valley Oak League, but the player all others are chasing represents none of those schools.
RIPON - Manteca High freshman Kyle Rachels showed maturity well beyond his years, pitching four-plus innings of long relief.
Only the clock could stop Manteca from scoring in its 9-0 victory over visiting Lathrop on Monday, but the efforts to support young Destiny Herrera is ongoing.
Mayville State University coach John Haines made the 1,900-mile trip to the Family City equipped with only a simple pitch.
As a multi-sport athlete from the Central Valley who also excels in the classroom, Sierra High senior Hunter Johnson can relate to California Maritime Academy men's basketball head coach Bryan Rooney.
Ripon High senior Nick Sharp successfully defended his championship at the Tracy/West Invitational on Monday, winning a card-off with three other players who finished 1-over-par 73 at Tracy Country Club.
East Union coach Brian Goulart was concerned that the Lancers' Valley Oak League make-up game at Manteca may have come at a bad time.