Lathrop High proved again Thursday at Sierra that it should not be looked past this year - its first with a senior class - in the Valley Oak League.
RIPON – After a half of play the Ripon Indians had not shined or excelled, but their uninspired play had not hurt them on the scoreboard. That would change would when a botched second-half corner kick settled in front of the Ripon goal for what seemed like an eternity, and Hughson trickled it in for a 1-0 win Thursday in Trans Valley League action.
They're even. For now.
East Union High remains in step with the Valley Oak League's top two teams, Oakdale and Sonora, following a four-game victory (25-18, 25-17, 24-26, 25-12) over first-year varsity Kimball of Tracy Thursday at Dalben Center.
Manteca High was not able to get passed the Oakdale Mustangs when they visited the Buffaloes to open the Valley Oak League season, but that was not the case Thursday as Manteca edged out the Mustangs 3-2 for the league win.
After experiencing defeat at the hands of the Christian Brothers High volleyball program, the Ripon Indians were able to extract vengeance in a 25-15, 25-13 and 25-21 sweep of the Falcons Wednesday at Ripon High.
The Lathrop Spartans have done a great job turning their program around in relatively short time, and the team was rewarded with their first Valley Oak League victory when they stopped the Weston Ranch Cougars 1-0 Wednesday in Weston Ranch.
RIPON - The atmosphere was a little more relaxed than usual for a live match at Jack Tone Golf Course Tuesday, but it might be what the golfers from Ripon High and rival Ripon Christian need going into today's Valley Football League Midseason Tournament.
LATHROP – The Lathrop Spartans were not able to complete their improbable comeback, but they were able to serve notice to the rest of the Valley Oak League that they would not be a pushover in a 25-15, 25-22, 23-25 and 25-21 loss to East Union Tuesday.
The Sierra Timberwolves closed out a strong first-half of the Valley Oak League schedule, dropping the East Union Lancers 11-4 Tuesday.
While it's still early, Weston Ranch High has reason to feel proud of its unprecedented start to the season.
The silver lining to Ripon High's scoreless tie against host Escalon in Trans Valley League play Tuesday was that game had little semblance to their previous meeting.
It was a good-news, bad-news scenario for both sides.
WESTON RANCH - Robbie Geerlof had three good looks at the Weston Ranch goal in the first half: Two were lifted well over the crossbar and split the football uprights, and the other was touched weakly to the keeper.
To be more competitive in the Valley Oak League this season, East Union High coach Eryn Bowers has encouraged competition from within.
STOCKTON - The blond streak in Esteban Paramo's hair may have started as a personal statement of style, but it's come to symbolize something much bigger.
Sierra played perfect defense from the second minute to the 78th Monday against visiting East Union.
Brooke Riley shot an even-par 37 to lead East Union's 246-288 win over Manteca at Manteca Park Golf Course. Monday's win moves the Lancers to 5-0 in the Valley Oak League.
RIPON – After an explosive defensive Ripon Christian start left the visiting Orestimba Wildcats wearing roller-skates and its fleet-footed gunslinger struggling to breathe, the Southern League opener at Stouffer Field Friday night looked like an exercise in futility.
LATHROP - When the going got tough, Kristen Maestretti and the Sierra volleyball team got going Thursday in their Valley Oak League match at Lathrop.
East Union proved Thursday night that it can be a threat in the hunt for Sac-Joaquin Section playoff berths, dropping a well-contested four-game loss to visiting Kimball at Dalben Center.
Ripon High's boys water polo team is again short on numbers, and its top player has graduated after leading the program with his scoring prowess in its first four years of existence.
MARIPOSA - At 6-foot-5 with a super-stretch wingspan, Lukas Vermeulen cuts an imposing figure in the goal.
McKenna Doyle set the curve and the Sierra girls golf team followed suit in a 243-395 Valley Oak League victory over Weston Ranch.
Could a changing of the guard be in order in the Southern League?
STOCKTON - After a scoreless first half Weston Ranch hit two goals in a minute early in the second half and went on to a 3-1 Valley Oak League soccer win over visiting Lathrop.
East Union was 40 minutes away from securing a huge Valley Oak League victory on the road Wednesday against Oakdale.
Ripon ended its nonleague schedule strong, as it crushed visiting Tokay of Lodi 25-22, 25-14, 25-15 on Wednesday.
Brooke Riley carded a 1-under 36 on Manteca Park Golf Course's front nine to anchor East Union's tightly-contested 251-256 victory over visiting Kimball on Wednesday.
STOCKTON – One suffered a flat last week, stalling out in Modesto. The other has taken a while to warm up.