Sierra High's girls soccer players hobbled toward the sideline with shoulders slumping following a 0-0 tie against visiting rival East Union at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium Thursday.
Finishing their Valley Oak League series against East Union with a two-game sweep was important to the Manteca Buffaloes, and a complete-game victory from pitcher Matt Barber helped them accomplish that task in a 5-1 win Thursday.
RIPON – Ripon High's softball team grabbed its first Trans Valley League win of the young season, rolling over the Ripon Christian Knights with ease 5-0 Thursday.
After putting a close game out of reach in Tuesday's game, Sierra had to hold tight for the series sweep, finishing off a determined Weston Ranch team 6-3 for the Valley Oak League win Thursday.
RIPON – After a Wednesday practice round where everybody was right where they were supposed to be, the Ripon High golf team was confident about Thursday's Trans Valley League matchup against intracity rival Ripon Christian.
Not being able to grab any traction in their singles matches hurt the Weston Ranch Cougars Thursday afternoon, falling 3-2 to the Sierra Timberwolves in a Valley Oak League intradistrict matchup.
Manteca High's soccer team scored three first-half goals on its way to a convincing 6-2 Valley Oak League win over Central Valley Thursday.
Mike Leland went the distance, striking out four in a 13-1 Sierra High sophomore baseball victory over the visiting Weston Ranch Cougars Thursday.
Two undefeated records fell Wednesday at East Union High's tennis courts.
RIPON – There wasn't a whole lot that Ripon Christian's pitching staff could do wrong coming into its second league game against intracity rival Ripon Wednesday afternoon.
HUGHSON - Both Hughson and Ripon High's soccer teams had something to prove when they clashed Wednesday night in Trans Valley League play.
WESTON RANCH - Sierra High's softball team gave pitcher Gabby Hawkins all the support she needed with a three-run third inning, but the Timberwolves exploded for the rest of their offensive output in the sixth in a 9-1 victory over Weston Ranch Wednesday.
SONORA – Not even the long drive or the altitude change could stop the Sierra High track and field machine from firing on all cylinders.
STOCKTON - Nick Gonzales led all players with a six-under-par 42 and spearheaded Manteca High's golf team to a close 247-256 win over host Weston Ranch at Van Buskirk Golf Course Wednesday.
LATHROP - East Union High's sophomore softball team took control early on, leading by five runs after two innings en route to an 11-1 victory over Lathrop in its first Valley Oak League contest of the season Wednesday.
Weston Ranch isn't going to surprise anybody this year.
Ripon Christian has re-established itself as a force among Sac-Joaquin Section small-school powers following eight straight losing seasons.
The Ripon High boys soccer team didn't just lose the area's top player from a year ago.
Kevin Mendiola wheeled back with his right foot and took the ball off a bounce, sending it crashing into the back of the net.
An undefeated league record and a playoff win would be seen as successful for most teams. Ripon Christian did that in the 2013-2014 season, and for the Knights it was an off year.
In this her 10th year in the Sierra volleyball program, Timberwolves coach Trinity Johnson is looking to improve on last year's 1-13 Valley Oak League record – 3-19 overall – and she is not afraid to think outside the box to do it.