By JASON CAMPBELL
OAKDALE – Manteca High had an opportunity to pull in a piece of the first Valley Oak League championship in 25 years, but the Buffaloes were only able to come close in a 4-1 loss to the Oakdale Mustangs Tuesday.
RIPON – The Ripon Indians scored early and often, building a 6-0 lead after just three innings, on their way to an 11-4 Trans Valley League victory over Ripon Christian Monday.
CERES - Brock Swift pitched his second straight complete game, and the East Union High sophomore baseball team helped him out with a five-run third inning to beat Ceres 6-3 Tuesday.
RIPON - Ripon High's 7-0 girls soccer win over Ripon Christian may be routine for some, but there was significance behind Monday's Trans Valley League contest.
Cherie DeJesus had a day to remember, but she isn't forgetting about her one mistake.
LATHROP - Lathrop High's first-ever Valley Oak League varsity win nearly came at the expense of coach Randy Baltazar's former team.
MODESTO - For the first time in Trans Valley League dual-match play, Ripon High standout Andrew Bonner was not the medalist.
East Union High's sophomore softball team overcame an early 4-0 deficit to beat rival Manteca 11-9 at Northgate Softball Complex Monday.
FRESNO - Sierra High junior Alex Nuanez is used to facing wrestlers bigger and older than him, but he took the experience to another level this past weekend in the Greco Roman State Championships this past weekend at Selland Arena.
The Sierra High girls swimming team came just six points shy of taking the Valley Oak League Championship meet crown, falling to Oakdale High 132-126 in the eight-team league finale at Sierra High Saturday.
SONORA – An early drive to Sonora is never bad, when the return trip includes an 8-4 Valley Oak League win over the Wildcats. That was the case in East Union's league win over Sonora Saturday.
Manteca High pitcher and leadoff hitter Matt Barber made good on only half of his promise to coach Gene Ballardo Friday.
Jonathan Davis sheered a 5-0 Oakdale High lead to 5-2 with a towering home run down the right field line in the fourth inning, but the Mustangs would answer with three more and held Sierra quiet in an 8-2 Valley Oak League sweep Friday.
OAKDALE – Oakdale High standout Brianna Parker gave one of her more impressive showings of the season, outdueling Sierra starter Gabby Hawkins in a well-played 1-0 Valley Oak League win over the Timberwolves Friday at Oakdale High.
Ripon's Tristan Smith and Lathrop's Alex Garcia both finished fourth Saturday in the two-day Tim Brown Memorial Wrestling Tournament at the Jackson Sports Complex in McClellan.
Destiny Flores made two steals in the game's final 30 seconds Saturday to cap off a tremendous East Union comeback and help give the Lancers a thrilling 47-43 win over Ripon in the 5th Annual Hoops for the Cure Classic at Dalben Center.
Lathrop trimmed a 10-point second quarter deficit to three points with 55 seconds left to go in the first half Saturday but three quick Spartans turnovers led to a 12-point halftime lead for host Manteca in a 61-51 Valley Oak League boys basketball win for the Buffaloes at Winter Gymnasium.
Sierra proved up to the challenge in its Valley Oak League encounter with visiting Weston Ranch on Friday.
Manteca's Loretta Kakala could feel the anxiety building before the start of Friday's game.
RIPON - The Ripon Christian High expected a tough fight from visiting Escalon on Friday.
Valley Oak League-leading Sierra took Lathrop's best punch and cruised to a 65-59 victory Thursday night.
STOCKTON - Weston Ranch High orchestrated a 17-0 run in the second quarter while rolling past Kimball Thursday, 74-51.
RIPON - Riverbank survived a second-half charge from Ripon and escaped with a 43-39 overtime win in a pivotal duel between the Trans-Valley League's first-place teams.
Loretta Kakala and the Manteca High girls basketball team dispatched one rival and appear ready for another.
STOCKTON - East Union came prepared for a track meet but left the sprint spikes at home.
Emery Sipe's conventional 3-point play with 1.4 seconds to go lifted host Oakdale to a dramatic 39-37 win over Lathrop on Wednesday.
Sierra's wrestling team had a good showing at Central Catholic in a Valley Oak League double-dual meet Wednesday but settled for a split. The Timberwolves first topped Lathrop 51-27 before coming up short against the host Raiders, 48-30.
All-Area Girls Golfer of the Year Brooke Riley has committed to Northwestern, one of the top Division I women's golf programs in the nation.
In a first-place battle of teams with similar strengths, experience and Hunter Johnson proved to be the difference for reigning Valley Oak League champion Sierra.