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.
Manteca played one of its best games all season Wednesday against the only team to beat Oakdale in Valley Oak League play.
Kourtni McCall helped her own cause with a leadoff homer in the first.
Jenny Ketner tossed a one-hit gem Friday night, striking out 10 as the East Union sophomore softball team waltzed past Central Valley, 12-0, in five.
Manteca's Loretta Kakala could feel the anxiety building before the start of Friday's game.
RIPON - The Ripon Christian High expected a tough fight from visiting Escalon on Friday.
Valley Oak League-leading Sierra took Lathrop's best punch and cruised to a 65-59 victory Thursday night.
STOCKTON - Weston Ranch High orchestrated a 17-0 run in the second quarter while rolling past Kimball Thursday, 74-51.
RIPON - Riverbank survived a second-half charge from Ripon and escaped with a 43-39 overtime win in a pivotal duel between the Trans-Valley League's first-place teams.
Loretta Kakala and the Manteca High girls basketball team dispatched one rival and appear ready for another.
STOCKTON - East Union came prepared for a track meet but left the sprint spikes at home.
Emery Sipe's conventional 3-point play with 1.4 seconds to go lifted host Oakdale to a dramatic 39-37 win over Lathrop on Wednesday.
Sierra's wrestling team had a good showing at Central Catholic in a Valley Oak League double-dual meet Wednesday but settled for a split. The Timberwolves first topped Lathrop 51-27 before coming up short against the host Raiders, 48-30.
All-Area Girls Golfer of the Year Brooke Riley has committed to Northwestern, one of the top Division I women's golf programs in the nation.
In a first-place battle of teams with similar strengths, experience and Hunter Johnson proved to be the difference for reigning Valley Oak League champion Sierra.
Jourdy Richter drained five 3s and scored a season-high 22 points, and the Ripon girls basketball team had its best offensive game of the season in a 66-26 thrashing of visiting Hilmar on Tuesday.
Ripon Christian boys basketball coach Ron Vander Molen employed various zone defenses with hopes of neutralizing visiting Riverbank's speed advantage in their Trans-Valley League contest Tuesday.
Weston Ranch boys basketball coach Chris Teevan studied his scorebook, marveling at the balance.
SAN JOSE (AP) - The San Jose Sharks have placed forward Tommy Wingels and defenseman Justin Braun on injured reserve.