There are few ways to top how the Sierra High freshman football team opened its 2009 Valley Oak League season, handling the East Union Lancers with ease in a 40-0 shellacking Thursday at Sierra High.
WESTON RANCH – As a team, the Buffaloes are a work in progress.
Sierra High's Anthony Hall had never played free safety before Friday's crosstown clash with host East Union and its vaunted aerial attack.
MODESTO – The Lathrop Spartans found themselves in an unusual position late in the fourth quarter on Friday night at Big Valley Christian.
ANGELS CAMP - When it was all said and done, the Ripon Indians were able to use the tenacious face of adversity as momentum in their 26-14 win over Bret Harte in a non-league road victory.
DENAIR - The Ripon Christian Knights did all they could to ruin the Denair Coyotes homecoming celebration, but a lackluster third period proved to be too much to overcome in a disheartening 34-27 non-league loss.
When Alejandro Hernandez's header found the back of the net as time expired, it was simply the final blow in East Union's one-sided 2-0 victory over the visiting Manteca Buffaloes at Dino Cunial Field on the East Union High campus.
East Union High hasn't lost a Valley Oak League dual match since dropping one to rival Sierra in 2007 and continued its current streak of dominance Thursday with a 234-262 victory over third-place Manteca at Manteca Park Golf Course.
ANGELS CAMP - Sierra's cross country team has always taken the "It's not how you start, it's how you finish" approach, so with that in mind head coach Anthony Chapman isn't overly concerned with how his Timberwolves fared in the first of three Valley Oak League cluster meets at Frogtown Thursday.
RIPON - After Tuesday's nerve-wracking, five-game barnburner against Escalon, Ripon had what was a nice breather by comparison on Thursday.
The last time Manteca and Weston Ranch met on the court, it came down to the last match.
The East Union Lancers were seemingly on their way to keeping their season-long winning streak alive, but the Manteca High soccer frosh-soph squad had other plans, putting together a flawless second half for a come-from-behind 3-2 at Dino Cunial Field.
Sierra and East Union's freshman football squads played their opener Thursday at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium. Results and game information will be printed in the Bulletin's Sunday edition.
Three months ago the Sierra Timberwolves didn't know who its starting quarterback would be.
East Union is 2-1.
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.
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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.