The postseason has arrived, and with it comes another opportunity for the Valley Oak League's best to shine and a chance for a few unheralded newcomers to make a name for themselves.
May Day brought plenty of rain to the Manteca area Friday afternoon and it washed away the entirety of the local high school sports schedule.
Sierra High shook off a lifeless start Thursday at home to rally from a three-run deficit and earn a 6-4 win over Central Valley.
Manteca's four seniors exited the field with two minutes remaining to much-deserved applause.
WESTON RANCH - Nicole Vanni hit the half-century mark with two more goals, and Sierra wrapped up a dominating run through the Valley Oak League season with an 8-0 win over Weston Ranch Thursday.
CERES - With a second straight Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV postseason appearance no longer a possibility, East Union still showed some fight in nearly overcoming a six-run deficit but fell 13-12 to Ceres Thursday in eight innings.
SONORA - Either heads or tails will determine Manteca's postseason destiny. The Buffaloes fell to Sonora, 3-2, in the foothills Thursday afternoon after all three singles matches went the way of the home team. With the loss, Manteca (11-3 Valley Oak League, 15-9) slipped into a second-place tie with Oakdale, setting up a fateful coin flip to decide which squad will move on to the playoffs. Arnie Morales and Alex Barragan avenged their only regular ...
East Union freshman softball coach Ron Kackley had never beaten Tracy High. Fitting then was it that the skipper got the illusive victory thanks to perhaps his best squad ever. Behind Haleigh Castner's complete-game, six-strikeout gem, the Pages (6-0 Valley Oak League) collected win No. 20 to remain undefeated Thursday at Northgate Park. Kailee Nuding finished 3 for 4 and Alisya Hoffman hit a huge two-run single in the fifth. "We got behind early and ...
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As if the gridlock atop the Valley Oak League standings could get any more perplexing, Sierra High claimed a huge piece of the potential playoff pie Wednesday night with a 1-0 upset of first-place East Union at Northgate Park.
RIPON- Hughson hadn't scored a goal against Ripon in two seasons entering a meaningless late-season Trans Valley League tilt at Mistlin Park Wednesday.
WESTON RANCH - Manteca wrapped up a textbook 16-3 win over Weston Ranch Wednesday with a seven-spot in the fifth inning.
RIPON - Zach Evans plated Ripon's first run with a leadoff homer in the sixth. And he, along with many others in attendance, thought he scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the eighth to stun undefeated Escalon during an anticipated Trans Valley League contest. With two outs and Evans representing the deciding score at third base, teammate Jared Macedo got caught in a pickle between the first- and second-base bags to catch Escalon ...
Kelsey Emmerson was fantastic for the East Union sophomore softball team in a double-header sweep Wednesday at Northgate Park.
Curtiss May couldn't have pitched much better for Manteca in a 10-1 loss Tuesday. And Oakdale's Nick Vander Tuig, oddly enough, could have. Vander Tuig beaned Ricky Acosta in the fourth inning to break up a perfect game, and two errors in the fifth allowed Kevin Allen to reach and score Manteca's only run. "He was close (to a perfect game), but at least he gets the no-no," Oakdale coach Hondo Arpoika said. The UCLA-bound ...
Manteca bounced back from consecutive losses against Oakdale last week and took out its frustration on Kimball Tuesday.
Manteca High's boys tennis team ended a four-year slide in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-II playoffs with Monday's commanding 8-1 victory over Western Athletic Conference No. 3 seed Livingston at Manteca Regional Tennis Center.
Going into the regular-season finale between East Union and Manteca girls soccer teams there's plenty of intrigue beyond feuding neighbors.
RIPON – For Tami Kamper and the Ripon Christian tennis team, the matches will get infinitely harder beginning with the Sac-Joaquin Section Team Tournament.
Ripon Christian's boys golf team got even with Southern League rival Turlock Christian in the conference tournament Monday at the Oakdale Golf and Country Club.
Nick Sharp could feel the shadow cast and left behind by arguably the most gifted golfer to play for Ripon High's tradition rich boys program.
Celina Cooper needed just two innings to rack up six RBIs, and Peyton Rose twirled a mercy-shortened three-hitter as Manteca walloped visiting Lathrop 17-0 Friday.
Those pesky Warriors from Orestimba were at it again.