RIPON - No one ever accused Daniel Cardoza of backing down from a challenge.
CERES - The sledding was surprisingly easy for Manteca in a 4-1 win at Ceres Thursday afternoon.
CERES - Manteca's boys and girls teams closed out the Valley Oak League's regular season with victories over host Central Valley Thursday.
Jimi Guibor racked up 16 saves Thursday afternoon at Guss Schmiedt Field, but that was the lone bright spot, as Manteca couldn't scratch out a goal in a scoreless tie with Central Valley.
RIPON – Escalon starter Kaitlyn Brooks took a perfect game into the seventh inning Thursday at Ripon Christian.
Sierra High clinched the Valley Oak League's frosh-soph girls soccer title outright with Thursday's 2-0 victory over Oakdale at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium, but the visiting Mustangs made them work for it.
The storylines were plentiful Wednesday at East Union High, where Sierra, Weston Ranch and the host Lancers gathered for the final Valley Oak League double-dual of the season.
OAKDALE - Cassie Waggy may have saved the game with her glove, and she decided it with her bat.
RIPON - The Ripon Indians collected their third straight Trans Valley League soccer championship Wednesday with a breezy 5-0 win over Modesto Christian.
RIPON - Coming into Wednesday's contest at Ripon High, both the Indians and Hughson had four Trans Valley League losses, two back of second-place Modesto Christian.
The 2009 Tony Horton Invitational may have been played at Manteca Park Golf Course and it may have been hosted by Manteca High, but by the end of the day, the City of Vacaville had taken center stage.
Trina Solario got her team back into it with a three-run single in the fourth, and she capped the come-from-behind surge with the deciding run in the sixth as Manteca snapped a four-game losing streak in the Valley Oak League with Wednesday's 7-5 win over Sonora.
Sierra High's frosh-soph boys and girls capped a dominant Valley Oak League season with undefeated records after blowing out Weston Ranch and host East Union in a double-dual meet Wednesday.
East Union's playoff chances may very well hinge on a costly mistake from a Sonora player.
Manteca junior Chelsea Gomez was all over the hardwood Wednesday night.
Selena Valenzuela and Brendon Curtright pulled out dramatic wins via fall to help Weston Ranch edge Sonora 37-36 in a double dual hosted at East Union on Wednesday. The Cougars also dispatched East Union 66-18 to improve to 2-1 in the Valley Oak League.
Oakdale's Anna Perrone and Madison Hackbarth came up clutch for the Mustangs during Wednesday night's Valley Oak League matchup against East Union.
STOCKTON - Weston Ranch's Rauline Martinez hit a 3-pointer to start the game Wednesday against visiting Lathrop, and the Cougars never looked back in a 69-37 Valley Oak League win.
A spot-up shooter with a spot of blood on his cheek gave East Union a victory it desperately needed.
TRACY - Manteca made 14 of 15 free throws in the fourth quarter and missed just one on the night, scoring 16 points in the final three minutes of the game to regain the lead and defeat host Kimball 59-51 in Valley Oak League boys basketball action.
RIPON - There were times Tuesday night when Ripon showed it could compete with once-beaten Riverbank.
Eric Broker fired 13 points, made all five of his free throws and grabbed nine rebounds to lead Ripon Christian's 51-29 win at Denair on Tuesday.
The awards keep pouring in for Alex Laurel and Billy Sharmoug, the Manteca Bulletin's 2013 All-Area Football Co-MVPs.
Ripon Christian's girls basketball team rolled to its seventh straight win Monday, crushing visiting Denair 71-28.