East Union High football coach Mike James knew his team could ill afford to make any mistakes against the likes of Valley Oak League power Sonora.
CERES - The Weston Ranch Cougars were left in a state of shock following Friday night's 35-16 loss to host Central Valley at Bulldog Stadium.
OAKDALE – The emotions on display when Oakdale senior Elise Derby's return sailed out of bounds for the final point of the Valley Oak League doubles championship only told a portion of the story for Sierra High's Stephanie Vanni and Jena Anderson's unbelievable season.
Jose Montes' goal for Sierra's Valley Oak League match with district rival Lathrop was simple: No injuries, no cards.
CERES - East Union made Tuesday's Valley Oak League finale between rivals Central Valley and Ceres mean something.
RIPON - Tiger Shelton was concerned about a letdown, but his Ripon Christian Knights prevailed in four games (25-18, 25-13, 22-25, 25-14) over Hughson to keep their Sac-Joaquin Section Division V playoff hopes alive.
MODESTO - Ceres High's Alejandro rambled through the finish line well ahead of Sierra standout John Bowers to win the Valley Oak League Championships individual boys title at Legion Park Wednesday.
The playoffs have unofficially begun in the Valley Oak League.
RIPON-The Ripon Indians took the inside track on the Trans Valley League championship with a Jared Ratto goal in the game's 32nd minute, but Riverbank's own goal midway through the second half has left the Indians hoping for a miracle over the leagues' final day of action.
With the solid play of Modesty Rodriguez and Jaslynn Liotard serving as a springboard, the Sierra High volleyball team snatched three straight games from all-junior VOL newcomer Lathrop High.
CERES – The Manteca High sophomore volleyball team dropped the opening game and roared back for a 23-25, 26-24, 15-7 win over the Central Valley Hawks in Valley Oak league play.
RIPON - Ripon High's star middle blocker Ashley Robinson is sick. Outside hitter Coryn Hernandez has been out for nearly a month with a broken wrist. And promising freshman Nicole Kaiser is out with an ankle injury.
OAKDALE - There were few surprises during the Valley Oak League Singles Tournament at Oakdale High Tuesday.
The East Union Lancers used a pair of early first-half goals to give themselves a lead they wouldn't surrender, dropping visiting Weston Ranch 8-0 in Tuesday's Valley Oak League matchup.
Two big wins from the bottom half of its singles ladder propelled Manteca High's boys tennis team to a pivotal 6-3 win over visiting Sonora on Monday.
The area's two best offensive linemen along with two record-breaking skill position players have been selected to compete in the 41st Central California Lions All-Star Football Game.
Manteca and Oakdale both needed a win, so it's understandable why both were unsatisfied with Monday's result.
Alexis Erich and East Union held a three-run cushion heading into the seventh inning Friday and were three outs away from a key Valley Oak League victory over Kimball.
Oakdale capitalized on its opportunities and Sierra did not.
With two of their top contributors out, Sierra High's boys swimmers suffered their first defeat of the season by a 99-71 margin at Kimball of Tracy. Kimball's girls also won by the same score.
Ripon's defense hadn't given up more than two goals in a game all season until Friday.
Only one of Friday's matches between Ripon and Hughson's co-ed tennis teams needed to be decided in a third set.
Josh Clark fittingly scored the deciding run on a dropped third strike in the top of the seventh inning, as Ripon avoided an upset at Modesto Christian with a 7-4 victory Friday.
Oakdale High's recent run of dominance includes seven straight Valley Oak League championships and six Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV titles in that same span.
Sierra's Jack Thomson turned to a teenager for direction late in a 7-1 victory, and the Hall of Fame skipper was rewarded for his faith.
Isela Rivera fired the game-tying goal in the 38th minute with an angry blast from 20 yards away that knotted the game at one apiece Thursday night.
Ripon junior Nick Sharp shot a 1-over 36 during Thursday's Trans Valley League victory over visiting Riverbank at the Spring Creek Golf & Country Club.
East Union's playoff chances took a big hit Thursday when it dropped a 5-4 decision to visiting Sonora.
One pitching gem followed another for Ripon on Thursday.