The playoffs have unofficially begun in the Valley Oak League.
RIPON-The Ripon Indians took the inside track on the Trans Valley League championship with a Jared Ratto goal in the game's 32nd minute, but Riverbank's own goal midway through the second half has left the Indians hoping for a miracle over the leagues' final day of action.
With the solid play of Modesty Rodriguez and Jaslynn Liotard serving as a springboard, the Sierra High volleyball team snatched three straight games from all-junior VOL newcomer Lathrop High.
CERES – The Manteca High sophomore volleyball team dropped the opening game and roared back for a 23-25, 26-24, 15-7 win over the Central Valley Hawks in Valley Oak league play.
RIPON - Ripon High's star middle blocker Ashley Robinson is sick. Outside hitter Coryn Hernandez has been out for nearly a month with a broken wrist. And promising freshman Nicole Kaiser is out with an ankle injury.
OAKDALE - There were few surprises during the Valley Oak League Singles Tournament at Oakdale High Tuesday.
The East Union Lancers used a pair of early first-half goals to give themselves a lead they wouldn't surrender, dropping visiting Weston Ranch 8-0 in Tuesday's Valley Oak League matchup.
The Manteca High frosh-soph soccer team are a few steps away from completing a perfect season after another lopsided Valley Oak League win Tuesday at home.
OAKDALE - East Union High ventured into familiar territory Monday in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Tournament at Oakdale Golf and Country Club.
RIPON - It looked as if Ripon High was going to post another one-sided victory at rival Ripon Christian Monday after Bryant Macias blasted in the game's first goal from the top of the penalty box in the 9th minute.
Revenge was going to come easy.
RIPON -With Modesto Christian's size advantage in both girth and height, coupled with all-around speed, Ripon didn't seem to have a chance to come back from an 8-0 deficit in the fourth quarter of the junior varsity contest.
CERES – The Manteca freshman football team continued its streak of unquestioned dominance Thursday night with 52-0 trouncing of the Ceres Bulldogs.
RIPON - Modesto Christian came into Friday's marquee Trans Valley League showdown at Ripon averaging 52.3 points per game.
East Union High 2011 graduates TJ Gordon and Dominic Borba took similar routes to where they're currently at – taking their talents to NAIA schools and continuing their football careers.
Even in defeat, the East Union girls basketball team learned plenty about itself in Wednesday's Valley Oak League-opening contest with visiting Kimball.
STOCKTON - With a random draw to determine the starting weight in dual wrestling matches, the final bout of the night is not often between the heavyweights.
LATHROP -The Manteca High Buffaloes put behind their preseason woes to roll past the host Spartans on Wednesday, 42-26.
The Sierra girls basketball team went into halftime leading by a comfortable margin during its Valley Oak League opener against visiting Oakdale Wednesday night.
By JAMES BURNS
By JONAMAR JACINTO
STOCKTON - Despite trailing in the third quarter and a 27-point effort from the Weston Ranch's Jaelen Ragsdale, visiting Sonora scored 30 points in the fourth to come back and win the Valley Oak League opener 68-62 on Tuesday night.
Lathrop has qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section boys basketball playoffs just once (2012) in four years, while Kimball is oh-fer going into its fourth varsity season.
The rebuilding of East Union's girls basketball team already appears to be over.
Ripon Christian was able to slow down Mariposa's top player.