It could have been the unusually cold weather, or the lack of practice time outdoors because of the recent rainstorms.
Manteca's baseball team again pitched well enough to win, but lapses elsewhere led to another non-league loss, this time by a tough-to-swallow 3-2 margin in eight innings to visiting Pitman of Turlock Monday.
The East Union High tennis team's delayed start to the Valley Oak League season ended up being worth the wait.
Tracy High's sophomore baseball team did all the damage it needed to inflict in the second inning when it rallied for 11 runs to upend host East Union 12-3 Monday.
The Sierra High track and field program invited nearly 30 programs to participate in the 12th Annual Tom Moore relays and it was the Timberwolves who looked most impressive, winning the varsity boys meet and taking second in varsity girls action for an impressive team finish Saturday at the recently completed track in Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
The Manteca High varity soccer program is off to a grand start when it comes to accomplishing its goals, winning its 2nd Annual Buff Cup tournament title with a convincing 4-0 win over Bret Harte Saturday at Guss Schmiedt Field.
RIVERBANK – The season is just getting underway, but East Union High's softball squad is pretty close to mid-season form after continuing its dominance in the Ceres Tournament with two victories and a pool play championship Saturday at Rainbow Fields.
MODESTO – Manteca High's varsity baseball ran out of time in its Johansen Tournament 5-5 tie against Los Banos, but simply did not play well in a 7-3 loss to host Johansen Saturday in preseason play.
SACRAMENTO - "Tiger Claws" were never unsheathed.
BAKERSFIELD - Bob Blanco theatrical reenactment of a takedown at the edge of the mat inside Rabobank Arena left Sierra High junior Alex Nuanez with a small glimmer of hope, but the official would not change his stance, signaling an end to area wrestling as the last of three Mantecans saw his season come to a close.
SACRAMENTO - It was a bittersweet end to the Ripon Christian boys basketball team's run through the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V playoffs for the Vander Molens.
RIVERBANK – The East Union High softball team opened its season as well as the Ceres Tournament hitting on all cylinders, handling Patterson High 3-1 before taking the nightcap from Modesto Christian 6-1 Friday at Rainbow Fields.
LATHROP – On the back of a strong performance on the mound by Oscar Calix, the Lathrop Spartans erupted for 10 runs in a five-inning rout of Rio Vista for their first varsity win Friday.
The Manteca High varsity soccer team wasted little time separating itself from its opening-round opponent of the 2nd Annual Buffalo Cup, blowing past Los Banos in a hurry with a 7-0 win Friday at Guss Schmiedt Field.
RIPON – Mitchell Evans didn't expect to see his Ripon Indians surrender double-digit runs to Modesto's Central Catholic when they squared off Friday afternoon.
Needing a win to guarantee a second-place finish in the Trans-Valley League, Ripon was unable to overcome host Modesto Christian's eight-run onslaught in the fourth inning in a 9-5 defeat on Thursday.
The East Union girls soccer team's perfect Valley Oak League season was held together by pieces of blue tape on Wednesday evening.
Weston Ranch's dreams of the postseason took a hit Wednesday following a stellar pitching performance by Marco Gonzales.
STOCKTON – The Sac-Joaquin Section Board of Managers have moved boys and girls soccer to the winter, effective during the 2016-17 school year.
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.