Manteca's three high school softball teams share one common trait this year; they're all young - very young.
Airenne Curry's goal in the 8th minute was all Manteca High's girls soccer team needed in a 2-0 road win at Weston Ranch Monday, which evens the Buffaloes' Valley Oak League record to 1-1.
Opening the contest by jumping on its opponents first has not been the case for Lathrop High, but the Spartans were able to do just that against Bear Creek yet could not keep pace in a 14-4 non-league baseball loss to the Bruins Friday.
RIPON – Throughout the first 40 minutes the Ripon Christian girls soccer team failed to convert on a handful of relatively easy goal conversions, but its luck would change in the second half cruising to a 4-0 Southern League victory Thursday.
The Manteca Buffaloes wanted to close out its non-league schedule playing good baseball and winning ball games ,and the group has accomplished that feat, handling Argonaut High with ease in a 7-1 win Thursday on the road.
Sierra High's boys tennis team appears to have righted the ship after opening the Valley Oak League season with a tiebreaking loss to Kimball of Tracy last week.
Nick Olmo was worried his Sierra softball team would be rusty after taking nearly a full week off from action in Thursday's non-league finale at Linden High.
It came down to the final minutes, but the tone was set at the start of the Sierra High girls soccer team's 3-2 loss to visiting Oakdale in the Valley Oak League opener Wednesday.
The 2011 Lions All-Star Football Game rosters for the North and South teams were announced, and four area standouts will get the opportunity to close their high school football careers in the marquee Central Valley event amongst the best players in the area.
With the Ripon Christian Knights no longer in the Trans Valley League, Escalon will have the sour taste of its two-stroke 224-226 loss to the Knights in its mouth for the remainder of the season.
With mere days remaining before the start of the Valley Oak League season, the Manteca High baseball team got a good send off from starting pitcher Matt Burrows, who went seven innings scattering four hits in a 5-2 Manteca win over Stagg High Tuesday in Stockton.
The first four innings might not have been pretty, but East Union was able to get out with minimum damage Tuesday night in their non-league matchup against Escalon.
Ripon High's Andrew Bonner edged out Logan Vos of Ripon Christian for the second time in as many days Tuesday in a crosstown rivalry golf match featuring two of the area's best golfers.
Sierra High's Valley Oak League title defense in girls soccer begins tonight when it hosts unbeaten Oakdale.
For the first four innings of Sierra' varsity baseball game with the Johansen Vikings it seemed like the normal steps to a lopsided win were taking shape, but in the top of the inning the Vikings changed the script and Sierra needed a late insurance run in an 8-5 win Tuesday.
Only one goal was scored the last time the Southern League's reigning girls soccer co-champions met.
Steven Rios was so fired up for Wednesday's clash with Oakdale that he could feel his body tightening up in the batter's box.
Despite a strong pitching performance from Marco Gonzales, East Union suffered a 4-2 loss to Central Catholic Wednesday at Agostini Field.
Ilena Rivera's hat trick powered East Union to a 3-0 win at Central Catholic on Wednesday, and the victory clinches a second-straight outright title in the Valley Oak League for the Lancers.
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.