RIPON - Injuries haven't knocked Ripon High's soccer team off track in its quest for a fourth straight Trans Valley League championship, and the Indians took another big step to achieve that feat with a 5-0 win over Hughson at Park View Elementary School Monday.
Spotted a one-run lead early and backed by a rare defensive gem by her Manteca High teammates, Mariah Navarro had the most confidence she's had in the pitcher's circle all season going into the top of the seventh inning against visiting rival Sierra.
SONORA - The fun now begins for Sierra High's soccer team, which blew out Sonora 8-0 Monday at Dunlavy Field.
Sierra High softball ace Gabby Hawkins has given East Union fits over the past two years, even outdueling four-time Bulletin All-Area MVP Erin Arevalo, now a starter for the University of Georgia, in a 3-2 upset win in 2008.
Less than a month ago, Tyler Goslinga's high school athletic career closed in the California Interscholastic Federation State Championships, but Friday Goslinga took the first steps in a new career when he accepted a scholarship to play basketball for the Fresno Pacific University Sunbirds.
LATHROP - Offense was the Manteca High softball team's best defense in Friday's 13-4 Valley Oak League win against Lathrop.
SALIDA – Modesto Christian starter Nathan O'Leary put together another dominant performance, holding Ripon High to just four hits in a complete-game win Friday in Trans Valley League action.
SONORA – It what has become customary in Sierra High baseball games, the Timberwolves battled with Sonora High for seven innings, but could not get the runs they needed in a 2-1 Valley Oak League loss Friday.
PATTERSON - Manteca High's boys and girls swim teams each improved to 7-2 in the Valley Oak League after defeating Patterson and Ripon Friday.
East Union High's softball team struck first with a run in the second, but Sierra countered by connecting with the bigger blows in a 7-3 win at Northgate Softball Complex Friday.
Manuel Pires called his Sierra High soccer team "a work in progress" following a huge 3-0 victory over visiting rival Manteca Thursday.
When Justin Dias narrowly missed a grand slam to tie things up in the bottom of the seventh, East Union got a timely single from Joe Modesto to send the game into extra innings. But a leadoff double from Oakdale High's Kody Simmons in the top of the eighth would be the difference maker, as Oakdale plated a run and sneaked off with an 8-7 Valley Oak League win Thursday.
CERES – The Central Valley Hawks battled valiantly for seven innings, but the squad was unable to score a run, falling to the Manteca Buffaloes 1-0 in Valley Oak League action Thursday at Central Valley.
East Union's Sac-Joaquin Section postseason hopes took a significant hit after dropping a tough 3-2 decision to the always-dangerous Weston Ranch Cougars Thursday.
STOCKTON - Kyle Harman's 2-over-par 38 led the way for East Union, which breezed past Weston Ranch 212-260 in Valley Oak League action Thursday at Van Buskirk Golf Course.
That stunning loss to Orestimba appears to be in the rear-view mirror for Ripon Christian.
Ripon hadn't played a match away from familiar Stouffer Field in nearly three full weeks until it traveled to Hilmar on Thursday.
Ripon avenged a previous loss and put itself in a good position to return to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Tournament with Thursday's 164-174 win over Linden at Jack Tone Golf Course.
The Southern League race has quietly developed into an intriguing one.
Pay no mind to Lathrop's record.
Ripon Christian visited Delhi on Tuesday and avenged its only Southern League loss with a 1-0 victory that keeps the Knights atop the standings.
Ripon overcame serving errors and a game Hughson squad in a Trans-Valley League road match Wednesday.
The Manteca Jr. Timberwolves' novice football team rode the legs of Elijah Cota in Saturday's overtime 25-19 victory over their cross-town rival Chargers.
Escalon got one step closer to clinching the Valley Foothill League's North Division championship Tuesday after beating second-place Ripon 160-175 at Escalon Golf Course.
Weston Ranch beat East Union at its own game in a duel between the Valley Oak League's hottest teams Monday at Dino Cunial Field.
Coming off a tough five-game loss to rival Escalon, Ripon bounced back nicely with Monday's 25-13, 25-10, 25-23 sweep at Modesto Christian.