There are few ways to top how the Sierra High freshman football team opened its 2009 Valley Oak League season, handling the East Union Lancers with ease in a 40-0 shellacking Thursday at Sierra High.
WESTON RANCH – As a team, the Buffaloes are a work in progress.
Sierra High's Anthony Hall had never played free safety before Friday's crosstown clash with host East Union and its vaunted aerial attack.
MODESTO – The Lathrop Spartans found themselves in an unusual position late in the fourth quarter on Friday night at Big Valley Christian.
ANGELS CAMP - When it was all said and done, the Ripon Indians were able to use the tenacious face of adversity as momentum in their 26-14 win over Bret Harte in a non-league road victory.
DENAIR - The Ripon Christian Knights did all they could to ruin the Denair Coyotes homecoming celebration, but a lackluster third period proved to be too much to overcome in a disheartening 34-27 non-league loss.
When Alejandro Hernandez's header found the back of the net as time expired, it was simply the final blow in East Union's one-sided 2-0 victory over the visiting Manteca Buffaloes at Dino Cunial Field on the East Union High campus.
East Union High hasn't lost a Valley Oak League dual match since dropping one to rival Sierra in 2007 and continued its current streak of dominance Thursday with a 234-262 victory over third-place Manteca at Manteca Park Golf Course.
ANGELS CAMP - Sierra's cross country team has always taken the "It's not how you start, it's how you finish" approach, so with that in mind head coach Anthony Chapman isn't overly concerned with how his Timberwolves fared in the first of three Valley Oak League cluster meets at Frogtown Thursday.
RIPON - After Tuesday's nerve-wracking, five-game barnburner against Escalon, Ripon had what was a nice breather by comparison on Thursday.
The last time Manteca and Weston Ranch met on the court, it came down to the last match.
The East Union Lancers were seemingly on their way to keeping their season-long winning streak alive, but the Manteca High soccer frosh-soph squad had other plans, putting together a flawless second half for a come-from-behind 3-2 at Dino Cunial Field.
Sierra and East Union's freshman football squads played their opener Thursday at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium. Results and game information will be printed in the Bulletin's Sunday edition.
Three months ago the Sierra Timberwolves didn't know who its starting quarterback would be.
East Union is 2-1.
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.
Chris Schmitz led Sierra for a second straight day, and the Timberwolves completed their season sweep of Manteca High 227-242 Wednesday at Manteca Park Golf Course.
RIPON - Sometimes the wind blows your way and sometimes it does not.
MORGAN HILL – Ty Wells stood poolside, cooled by the shade of a pop-up tent.
Lathrop's girls varsity track and field team came to compete against Sierra at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium Wednesday afternoon.
Freshman pitcher Alexis Erich twirled a one-hitter, and Jordan Vinson swatted three doubles in East Union's 11-0 mercy-shortened win at Lathrop on Wednesday.
Coming off two disappointing losses to Hughson, Ripon rebounded nicely Wednesday with a 9-1 thumping of visiting Modesto Christian.
Manteca's top two singles players Yok-Jing Ma and Mike Lopez didn't waste time picking up wins on Wednesday during the Buffaloes' 8-1 Valley Oak League victory over cross-town rival Sierra.
Sierra's boys and girls swimming teams didn't have much struggle picking up a pair of victories Tuesday afternoon over Valley Oak League opponents Weston Ranch and Lathrop.
Sierra pitcher Kyle Oden admitted he didn't have his best stuff working for him in Tuesday's crosstown clash with visiting East Union, but he more than made up for it with the bat.