By the 30th minute of the Sierra-Ceres Valley Oak League showdown at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium, the visiting Bulldogs had taken just one shot.
For the first two games Thursday at Sierra High, it was hard to distinguish between the Timberwolves and Mustangs. Both teams played fast-paced, hard-hitting volleyball, and both teams earned hard-fought victories.
CERES – Jackie Ketner was back on top of her game and back atop the East Union scorecard following a 177-253 win over Central Valley at St. Stanislaus Thursday afternoon.
WESTON RANCH - It took a team effort for Lathrop High's sophomore volleyball team to rebound from its first-game letdown and win a three-game thriller (19-25, 25-18, 15-12) against Weston Ranch Thursday.
Field turf. State-of-the-art lighting and sound systems. Roomy press boxes with restrooms and elevator access. And scoreboards that can light up and entire town.
LATHROP (0-2) at EAST UNION (2-1) Kickoff: Friday, 7:15 p.m. Last year: No game. Key matchup: Lathrop front seven vs. East Union QB Dennis Johnson. Johnson holds the key to the offense, and pressuring him into mistakes will be the key for Lathrop. Closer look: Lathrop put forth an inspiring effort at Weston Ranch last week, battling to a 7-7 tie going into the fourth quarter before two interception returns for scores put ...
It was Manteca and East Union, and yes, it was a drag-down, knock-out fight to the finish, but after falling in Games 1 and 2, 15-25, and 21-25, respectively, the Lancers stormed all the way back for 25-22, 25-23 and 15-11 wins in Games 3 through 5 Wednesday at Winter Gym.
Jamie Beck finished with 26 kills and impressed Sierra head coach Tevani Liotard, but in the end it would be another Liotard, Jaslynn, who would lead the Timberwolves to an important bounce-back win, 25-23, 22-25, 20-25, 25-19, 15-9, over Ceres Wednesday.
The Manteca High sophomore volleyball team flexed its muscle Wednesday at Winter Gym in an impressive 25-6, 25-14 sweep over crosstown rival East Union.
RIPON - It was a tale of two halves Wednesday at Mistlin Park. Unfortunately for the previously unbeaten Indians, Riverbank's half was a bit more productive and the Bruins walked away with a big 3-2 win. Down 2-0 at half, Alec Vitale made it 2-1 off a Bryant Macias help in the 44th minute. Justin Scott pulled Ripon to within one again in the 75th minute thanks to a help from Matty Gay. "Riverbank had ...
OAKDALE – For the first hour of play Wednesday in Oakdale, nothing seemed to go right for the Sierra High tennis team.
RIPON – While Ripon High's dominant 25-10, 25-7, 25-8 road sweep of crosstown rival RC appeared entirely forgettable for anyone in the building wearing blue, Knights head coach Tiger Shelton hopes his players remember Tuesday's contest for years to come.
Ricky Pacheco saw an opening and reacted. Sierra teammate David Reyes threw it in from the right sideline and connected with Pacheco, who quickly turned and knifed his way through the East Union defense. Pacheco set himself up at the top of the 18-yard line and had his eyes set on another opening. He delivered the ball low and inside of the right post to sneak the game-winning goal past keeper Joe Modesto in the ...
Kaylee Joaquin has been the leader of the Manteca golf team for three straight seasons. Although her 7-over-par-44 was the best round of the day Tuesday at Manteca Park Golf Course, and her Buffaloes turned in a season-best 263, Sierra had too much in the cupboard and took away a 22-stroke win. "I was really pleased with the way my team performed," Manteca head coach Greg Conway said. "I challenged them to play better and ...
With Ceres' recent upset of Oakdale, the Timberwolves are talking championship, and for good reason.
TRACY – Weston Ranch came out and played an inspired second half of football Friday in a 48-27 loss to Kimball.
Sierra High's Anna Cardenas defeated Christine Kim in the No. 1 singles encounter Thursday, but the Timberwolves couldn't put away other tightly-contested matches in a 7-2 defeat against second-place Oakdale.
Oakdale gave itself some breathing room in the Valley Oak League standings Thursday, warding off visiting Manteca 3-2 for the second time this season.
Sierra went from escaping with a disappointing one-goal win to breathing a sigh of relief that it remained a 1-1 tie with visiting Lathrop High on Thursday.
Ripon High's girls golf team put together its best round of the season Thursday, and just in time with the Valley Foothill League North Division Tournament looming.
For Weston Ranch to play its way back into the postseason hunt, it will have to avenge some of its losses from the first-half of Valley Oak League play.