Let the Trans Valley League games begin.
LINCOLN - Zach Williams and Marcus Gonzales fared well at the always-tough Mark Fuller Invitational Saturday.
STOCKTON - You always remember your first.
ESCALON - Eight Weston Ranch junior varsity wrestlers placed at the Escalon JV Tournament Saturday, including four gold medalists.
Kiwi Gardner and Christian Williams took center stage, but Gardner's Manteca Buffaloes stole the show.
Thursday afternoon after shooting a round of golf in Escalon, I asked a friend what his plans were for Friday night.
By the time the night ended, Weston Ranch didn't leave a whole lot of doubters inside of Dalben Center with their 60-40 handling of the Lancers.
ANGELS CAMP – Things didn't start off well for Ripon after the long road trip up to Bret Harte for their last non-league game.
Edy Guzman drained two free throws with 6.6 seconds left to stretch host Sierra's lead, and Josh Walters' deep 3-pointer to tie it from the right wing caromed off the back rim as the Timberwolves held on to stun Manteca 45-42 in sophomore boys basketball action Friday.
WESTON RANCH - Perhaps the young Cougars of Weston Ranch are too naive to understand that they're not supposed to beat an undefeated team that is aiming to win its third straight Valley Oak League title.
Sierra High's impressive 59-44 win over Manteca at Winter Gym Thursday night was a perfect example of how dangerous the Timberwolves can be when they are hitting on all cylinders.
Stephanie Vanni scored eight of her 10 points during the fourth quarter Thursday night in leading the Sierra High sophomore girls basketball team past Manteca, 48-40.
Then soon-to-be freshman Jaqi Gutierrez was at a crossroads after graduating from Shasta School.
WESTON RANCH - While most of the headlines have gone the way of Manteca and Sierra thus far, Weston Ranch, the reigning Valley Oak League champion, has quietly gone about its business.
The "S" word can now re-enter Manteca High's vocabulary.
The hardest part of the schedule is over for Ripon's football team.
Manteca and Oakdale entered Wednesday's Valley Oak League soccer contest tied in the standing, and the Mustangs escaped Guss Schmiedt Field with a 5-2 victory and sole possession of second place.
Manteca is on a three-match winning streak after thumping Kimball 8-1 in Tracy on Wednesday.
TRACY - Mahir Pepic and Haley Silva won the varsity boys and girls races without much of a challenge in the second Valley Oak League cluster meet Tuesday at Eagal Lakes.
Rich Posz hoped that his East Union volleyball team's upset of Oakdale last Thursday would have a carry-over effect in Tuesday's duel with first-place Central Catholic.
RIPON - Thomas Sidtikun scored two goals and assisted on a third Tuesday to help keep defending league champion Ripon in first place in the Trans-Valley League with a 3-0 win over Escalon at Stouffer Field.
Brooke Riley looked to be on her way to another outstanding round after a birdie-birdie start in East Union's Valley Oak League match with Sierra on Tuesday.
Elizabeth Tolbert held off East Union's Maddie Yslava to win a hard-earned three-set match and highlighted an 8-1 victory for visiting Manteca on Tuesday.
East Union's game plan was to apply pressure on the Manteca back line from the opening whistle Monday at Guss Schmiedt Field.
With help from East Union, Weston Ranch finds itself comfortably ahead of the pack at the midway point of the Valley Oak League boys soccer season.
Jacqui Uecker collected 12 kills, seven digs, two aces and a block to help Ripon ward off Riverbank 25-12, 10-25, 25-12, 25-16 in a Trans-Valley League volleyball match on Monday.
Manteca kept up a relentless attack from the opening kickoff to the final buzzer Friday and defeated host Lathrop 48-6 in Valley Oak League sophomore action at Bennie Gatto Field.
Manteca swept East Union to open Valley Oak League play.
Noah Lehmann has a knack for being at the right place at the right time, the deceptive speed to blow by defenders and the requisite finishing touch of a striker.
Manteca returned to its winning ways Thursday when it dispatched visiting Sierra, 6-3.