It was a match that everyone expected to be ugly.
Scottie DeBrouwer knew that he had a golden opportunity in front of him as he stepped into the batter's box.
Sierra and East Union showed why they are considered the Valley Oak League's premier golf programs Thursday at Manteca Park Golf Course in a 197-211 Timberwolves win.
TRACY - It turns out East Union will not successfully defend its 2008 Nor-Cal Classic championship.
To fully understand just how good both East Union starter Marshall Swift and Weston Ranch starter Chris Fleckenstein were in the Lancers' 10-0 win over the Cougars Thursday at Agostini Field, consider this: It took just one hour and three minutes to complete the first five and a half innings.
Kourtni McCall showed no mercy to Uncle Todd and his Manteca Buffaloes Wednesday.
Earning back-to-back titles in the toughest bracket of the prestigious Nor-Cal Classic, now in its sixth season of existence, would be nice, but East Union coach Brian Goulart said that isn't the ultimate goal.
Despite gusting winds and freshly aerated greens at Manteca Park Golf Course, East Union produced its lowest round of the season: A 212, 34 strokes better than Manteca High.
WESTON RANCH - Sierra's top player, Heather Scharmann, was on a college trip, but that didn't stop the Timberwolves from pounding Weston Ranch 8-0 Wednesday in the two teams' first Valley Oak League game back from spring break.
The East Union sophomore softball team had the bats working overtime Wednesday at Lincoln Park in an 11-1 win over Manteca High.
JACKSON – There were a few big schools, including Galt and Atwater, on hand Saturday at Amador High's varsity-only Amador Relays, but for the most part, the 16-team field was comprised of schools similar to Sierra High in size.
RIPON - Coming off a blowout loss to Modesto Christian Wednesday, Ripon was looking to turn the tables at home Friday afternoon against the Crusaders.
Sierra High met Manteca at the Buffaloes home pool Friday afternoon and the Timberwolves came away with a pair of wins, 116-54, on the girls' side and 87-77 on the boys'.
They're as impressive as athletes as they are students and community members.
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.
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.