HUGHSON - Both Hughson and Ripon High's soccer teams had something to prove when they clashed Wednesday night in Trans Valley League play.
WESTON RANCH - Sierra High's softball team gave pitcher Gabby Hawkins all the support she needed with a three-run third inning, but the Timberwolves exploded for the rest of their offensive output in the sixth in a 9-1 victory over Weston Ranch Wednesday.
SONORA – Not even the long drive or the altitude change could stop the Sierra High track and field machine from firing on all cylinders.
STOCKTON - Nick Gonzales led all players with a six-under-par 42 and spearheaded Manteca High's golf team to a close 247-256 win over host Weston Ranch at Van Buskirk Golf Course Wednesday.
LATHROP - East Union High's sophomore softball team took control early on, leading by five runs after two innings en route to an 11-1 victory over Lathrop in its first Valley Oak League contest of the season Wednesday.
Pressure situations are nothing new to East Union freshman Jordan Kron, who led the school's varsity basketball team in scoring this past winter after contributing to USA Baseball's under-14 gold-medal finish in the Pan-Am Championships in the fall.
WESTON RANCH - Manteca High's soccer team left its Valley Oak League contest with Weston Ranch with a 4-3 win, but the squad's performance was less than impressive.
WESTON RANCH – Contrary to what the score depicts, the Sierra Timberwolves found themselves interlocked in a Valley Oak League battle with Weston Ranch High for four innings, but disaster struck over the final three frames in an 18-1 Sierra victory Tuesday.
Sierra's Kevin Rausa continues to roll.
OAKDALE – The three-time defending Valley Oak League champion Sierra Timberwolves experienced something that they are not accustomed to, as they were upended by the Oakdale Mustangs in both boys and girls action Tuesday at Royce Memorial Pool.
The Sierra Timberwolves were able to tack on a pair in the bottom of the seventh inning, but it would not be enough in their 3-2 Valley Oak League loss to Oakdale Tuesday.
It was business as usual for the Sierra Timberwolves, cruising to an easy 206-258 win over the Manteca Buffaloes Tuesday at Manteca Golf Course.
What started out to be a nip-and-tuck pitchers' duel got out of hand early at Manteca High's varsity baseball diamond Tuesday.
WESTON RANCH - Alexandra Alvarado didn't get to start the game, but she got to finish it.
Sierra High's girls soccer team kicked off the first of a brutal three-game stretch this week with Monday's 8-0 blowout of visiting Sonora.
Sierra remains on pace to claim at least a share of the Valley Oak League championship after notching a 13-5 victory at Lathrop on Wednesday.
Ripon High's coed tennis team secured its first outright league title since 1987 with Tuesday's 8-1 victory over Modesto Christian.
Ripon - Zaire Davis and Jordyn Wall had one goal in mind since their freshman year of bringing the Trans Valley League title back to the Ripon High girls' soccer program.
After losing six key seniors to graduation from its Sac-Joaquin Section Division VII championship team, Ripon Christian has had to retool around impressive underclassman Abby Buitrago to make another run at it.
Isela Rivera is returning to the Central Valley with hopes of guiding another promising soccer program to new heights.
Disappointment weighed on the mind of Christian Guzman as he walked off the 18th green at Saddle Creek Golf Club.
Three times Oakdale came up with rally-killing double plays and held off host Sierra 8-3 to stay a game behind East Union in the Valley Oak League.
It was a bittersweet day for Manteca High's track and field team, which travelled to Kimball for a pivotal Valley Oak League dual meet on Tuesday.
At times, Ilena Rivera and the East Union girls soccer team make the goals, the sliding saves and the overwhelming victories look, well ...
By JAMES BURNS
Ripon Christian's coed tennis team had a chance to clinch a second straight Southern League title outright on Monday but dropped its rubber match with Denair 6-3 at the Ripon Community Center courts.
Sophomore Jocelyn Reyes had a goal and an assist to help Manteca High's girls soccer team dispatch host Central Catholic 2-1 and secure the No. 2 spot in the Valley Oak League.
Victor Polanco won't even touch the question.
Manteca High's boys and girls swim teams both finish the year 4-4 in the Valley Oak League with wins in their regular-season finale Friday at East Union.
Errors and lost opportunities came back to haunt Sierra in its first-place showdown with Oakdale on Friday.