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.
Pressure situations are nothing new to East Union freshman Jordan Kron, who led the school's varsity basketball team in scoring this past winter after contributing to USA Baseball's under-14 gold-medal finish in the Pan-Am Championships in the fall.
Sierra made its first Valley Oak League match of the season a short one.
ESCALON - Escalon appears to be the class of the Trans-Valley League once again.
Ripon Christian had one of the Sac-Joaquin Section's top teams on the ropes by halftime, but that was DeAndre Stallings' cue to take over for Liberty Ranch.
No practice was as big as Tuesday's session for East Union.
The Sierra High boys basketball team has a 6-foot, 8-inch, rim-rocking, shot-blocking star.
LATHROP - Anand Hundal will probably be on time for practice from now on.
Chris Teevan joked that he might need a search party to find the Weston Ranch boys basketball team's home jerseys.
Kimball put its best defender on East Union's best shooter on the final play of Tuesday's Valley Oak League opener at Dalben Center.
It's not just about what Manteca High's baseball team accomplished, but how it went about doing so.
Sierra begins its Valley Oak League title defense tonight against visiting Oakdale.
In a word - balanced.
STOCKTON – The battle for second place Saturday at Stagg High School's Demolition Day Wrestling Tournament came down to the 285-pound bout between East Union's Michael Villanueva and Sierra's David Saenz. Villanueva got the pin to get the Lancers second place by a point and he was awarded the outstanding heavyweight wrestler award.
Mark Paule Jr. burst onto the scene with seven touchdowns in a season-opening victory at Ripon High, and then never let off the gas.
Ruby Daube stepped up big for East Union once again.
With its bigs slowed by foul trouble, Sierra looked to its guards to end its pre-league schedule on a high note Friday at Tokay.