Manteca may be a third-place postseason qualifier out of the Valley Oak League, but the Buffaloes may be one of the most dangerous teams going in.
Despite Sierra playing its third game in as many days Thursday, the Timberwolves showed no sign of fatigue heading into next week's season-ending series against Manteca that will determine the Valley Oak League champion.
Ripon is headed back to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V postseason tournament for a second straight season after picking up its ninth consecutive Trans Valley League victory Thursday.
Swinging for the fences didn't do the trick for East Union in its first-place battle with Oakdale at Northgate Softball Complex on Wednesday.
RIPON – Cynthia Van Vliet had a fair share of opportunities to put the ball in the net during Wednesday's Southern League finale against first-place Mariposa.
RIPON – All week long, the talk around the Ripon baseball facility had centered on Tanner Pruett's looping curve ball.
Manteca isn't completely eliminated from playoff contention yet, but its chances did take a hit after Wednesday's 10-4 Valley Oak League loss against Kimball.
The Sierra boys track and field team dominated Valley Oak League competition this year.
Dave Breitenbucher predicted fifth-place finishes in the Valley Oak League for his Sierra swim teams this year.
Isela Rivera missed on a back-post header, whiffed on a breakaway from the top of box and pushed a few other shots wide.
Sierra nearly blew its chance to qualify for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Tournament for the first time since 2010 Tuesday in the Valley Oak League Championships.
The middle of Sierra's lineup continued to terrorize Valley Oak League pitching on Tuesday.
There were no big surprises in Day 1 of the Valley Oak League Tennis Tournament at Weston Ranch High on Tuesday.
With a chance to grab a share of the Trans-Valley League coed tennis title, Ripon High came up short Tuesday in a 5-4 loss to visiting Escalon.
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.
East Union's Edmi Lopez is a Timberwolf slayer.
Ripon Christian's boys soccer team overcame a halftime deficit, and Andrew Manes nailed the go-ahead goal in the 72nd minute to knock off host Le Grand 2-1 on Thursday.
The Manteca and East Union volleyball teams split their first two sets Wednesday before the visiting Lancers atoned for an earlier season sweep and pulled away to win the next two for a 25-21, 24-26, 25-22, 25-17 win in Valley Oak League action at Winter Gymnasium.
East Union co-head coaches Brian Goulart and Dennis Wells figured this was the year that the Lancers' run of championships in the Sierra Invitational would end.
The hardest part of the schedule is over for Ripon's football team.
Manteca and Oakdale entered Wednesday's Valley Oak League soccer contest tied in the standing, and the Mustangs escaped Guss Schmiedt Field with a 5-2 victory and sole possession of second place.