RIVERBANK – It's never easy to rebound when you find yourself down by two touchdowns at halftime.
Jena Anderson tried to suppress her emotions after she and Sierra High No. 1 doubles partner Stephanie Vanni cruised to a routine 6-1, 6-0 victory over Manteca's Amy Kaur and Ali Tolman Thursday.
LATHROP - For a half, it appeared as if Lathrop would pull off the biggest upset of the Valley Oak League season - even if it were to end in a scoreless tie.
­Manteca's scrappy play on the defensive line did well enough to make visiting Sonora's big-hitting front work, but the big hitting was too much.
A twice dislocated kneecap forced John Perez to watch from the stands with the "Wolf Pack" cheering section as Sierra High's football team made history by qualifying for its first Sac-Joaquin Section playoff run.
Valley Oak League Sierra (3-0, 6-0) at Sonora (2-1, 5-1) • Kickoff: Friday, 7 p.m. • Last year: 38-14, Sierra • Key matchup: Sierra RB/SS Jarrod Daniels vs. Sonora RB/LB Dan Link. Two of the league's top two running backs go head-to-head from both sides of scrimmage. Link has 926 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns but was kept out of the end zone in last week's 37-13 loss at Manteca, while ...
LATHROP – Lathrop High School doesn't have to look at a zero in front of its record anymore when talking about the play of their varsity volleyball team.
RIPON – In most soccer matches getting two goals in the first 25 minutes would be enough to edge out a victory.
STOCKTON - The faces might have been different, but the sight around the 18th hole of the Brookside Country Club were quite the same on Tuesday afternoon.
Sierra striker Braian Gomez picked up two more goals to stretch his area-leading total to 27 in Tuesday's 3-0 Valley Oak League home victory over rival East Union.
Manteca High ended its home match run on a high note. During its final home match against Manteca Unified newcomer Lathrop High on Tuesday the Buffaloes claimed a 4-1 victory that improve their Valley Oak League record to 4-7. But those wins didn't come easy. While Manteca's ace Maria Saavedra lost to Lathrop's Merchelle Alegado 4-6 and 0-6 for the Buffaloes' only loss of the day, at least two of their wins came from getting ...
HUGHSON - Larry Keethe called them "crazy rotations." No matter whom he put on the court and where, Ripon handled Hughson in a three-game sweep (25-10, 25-18, 25-9). The Trans Valley League co-leading Indians (10-1, 28-8 overall) went with new-look lineups in the first two games, hence the closer-than-usual scores. But Keethe was still pleased with the likes of freshman Nicole Kaiser, who finished with seven digs and got her first start at setter. "Nicole ...
RIPON - Ripon and Ripon Christian finished in the bottom two of the Valley Foothill League - North Division Tournament at Spring Creek Country Club Monday, but both schools will be represented at next week's Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Tournament.
East Union High's sophomore volleyball team battled tough at its own Dalben Center, but crosstown rival Manteca prevailed in three games - 25-18, 19-25, 15-7.
Manteca High got its offensive spark from an unlikely source Monday at rival East Union's Dalben Center.
Brooke Riley and the East Union girls golf team is rounding into postseason form in the final week of Valley Oak League play.
Through four holes, East Union sophomore Brooke Riley was on pace to break her own Valley Oak League course record Thursday at Manteca Park Golf Course.
Sierra was far more competitive in its rematch with crosstown rival Manteca on Thursday, but the visiting Buffaloes proved once again why they are still the team to beat in the Valley Oak League.
Ripon head coach Chris Johnson still regards Modesto Christian as a championship contender.
Brandon Landwehr's powerful throw-ins in the attacking third of the field are like corner kicks for Manteca.