LATHROP - Everything appeared to be going well for the first-year varsity Lathrop Spartans Tuesday night as they battled intra-district rival Weston Ranch.
RIVERBANK – Ripon Christian got the performance coach Ron Vander Molen was looking for in its Trans Valley League opener, taking care of the Riverbank Bruins with ease 64-53 Tuesday.
CERES - Jim Agostini's experimentation of different defensive looks didn't last long in the East Union girls basketball team's 58-38 victory over Central Valley Tuesday.
It was all Buffaloes from the start and nothing changed during Manteca's blowout victory over Sierra in sophomore girls basketball action Tuesday.
Weston Ranch High's basketball teams have made it tougher for the defending Valley Oak League champions to, well, defend their championships.
Modesto Christian has reigned over the rest of the six-team Trans Valley League with little threat since joining the Division IV conference in 2006-07.
ESCALON – After two days of action and enough matches to last a season, East Union High's Stevyn Teeple finished the 23rd Annual Lloyd Engel Wrestling Tournament with the 135-pound title Saturday at Escalon High.
WESTON RANCH - The East Union girls basketball team's bid for Valley Oak League perfection was crushed again at Weston Ranch.
The East Union boys basketball team opened the second period trailing by just one point despite a lackluster start, but the poor effort caught up with them over the long haul in a 76-56 loss to visiting Weston Ranch Friday.
OAKDALE – Opening the game on a blistering 12-0 run gave the Sierra High varsity boys basketball team all the cushion it would need in a 57-32 Valley Oak League win over the Oakdale Mustangs Friday.
RIPON - Ripon High's goal in its final boys basketball game of the non-league season was to have every player see ample court time.
RIPON - Tyler Goslinga wasn't crowned king during Ripon Christian High's 51st annual Homecoming festivities before the boys basketball team's final non-league contest against Summerville Friday, but the 6-foot-8 center later pieced together a performance fit for one.
The East Union sophomore boys basketball team closed out the game in style, outscoring Weston Ranch 23-13 in the final period on their way to the 51 - 43 win Friday.
CERES – The Manteca Buffaloes found themselves fighting a numbers battle in their double-dual match against Sonora and Ceres highs, giving the Buffaloes a task they could not conquer in a 39-27 loss to Ceres and a 56-18 loss to Sonora Thursday.
OAKDALE – East Union showed up in Oakdale and took care of business, halting a normally explosive Mustang offensive attack in a 42-34 Valley Oak League win over the Mustangs.
Ripon hadn't played a match away from familiar Stouffer Field in nearly three full weeks until it traveled to Hilmar on Thursday.
Ripon avenged a previous loss and put itself in a good position to return to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Tournament with Thursday's 164-174 win over Linden at Jack Tone Golf Course.
The Southern League race has quietly developed into an intriguing one.
Pay no mind to Lathrop's record.
Ripon Christian visited Delhi on Tuesday and avenged its only Southern League loss with a 1-0 victory that keeps the Knights atop the standings.
Ripon overcame serving errors and a game Hughson squad in a Trans-Valley League road match Wednesday.
The Manteca Jr. Timberwolves' novice football team rode the legs of Elijah Cota in Saturday's overtime 25-19 victory over their cross-town rival Chargers.
Escalon got one step closer to clinching the Valley Foothill League's North Division championship Tuesday after beating second-place Ripon 160-175 at Escalon Golf Course.
Weston Ranch beat East Union at its own game in a duel between the Valley Oak League's hottest teams Monday at Dino Cunial Field.
Coming off a tough five-game loss to rival Escalon, Ripon bounced back nicely with Monday's 25-13, 25-10, 25-23 sweep at Modesto Christian.
East Union's Edmi Lopez is a Timberwolf slayer.
Ripon Christian's boys soccer team overcame a halftime deficit, and Andrew Manes nailed the go-ahead goal in the 72nd minute to knock off host Le Grand 2-1 on Thursday.
The Manteca and East Union volleyball teams split their first two sets Wednesday before the visiting Lancers atoned for an earlier season sweep and pulled away to win the next two for a 25-21, 24-26, 25-22, 25-17 win in Valley Oak League action at Winter Gymnasium.
East Union co-head coaches Brian Goulart and Dennis Wells figured this was the year that the Lancers' run of championships in the Sierra Invitational would end.
The hardest part of the schedule is over for Ripon's football team.