It didn't take long for East Union High alumnus Wade Morten to adjust to the college ranks, and hitting baseballs with a wooden bat was part of the challenge.
MODESTO - Three Riponites qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III Individual Tournament.
It was more than just a gathering for all of the athletes in the Valley Oak Leagues' nine track and field programs. The VOL championships at Sierra High Saturday were the final opportunity for participants to win a league title and to continue their 2010 season for another few weeks.
LATHROP – The Valley Oak League has one of the deepest group of softball teams in the Sac-Joaquin Section, and the Sierra Timberwolves are poised to be one of the league's representatives this postseason taking another step towards their goal in a 15-0 win over Lathrop High Friday.
ESCALON – After a meeting Ripon High felt they should have won this past Wednesday, the Escalon Cougars decided to display some separation, destroying the Indians 15-0 Friday in Trans Valley League play.
Playing catch isn't always as easy as it looks.
Stephanie Vanni found herself directly in front of the goalie just seconds into Sierra's Valley Oak League deciding contest with Weston Ranch. Vanni knew exactly what to do, pounding the Timberwolves' first attempt into the net for an instant 1-0 lead and a smooth path to a 5-0 win and the squads second consecutive league championship.
CERES – After battling the best singles players in the Valley Oak League for the regular season, Manteca High's Alex McAdams and Alex Barragan teamed up for a quality ride, outlasting some 20-plus doubles teams for the VOL doubles championship Thursday at Ceres High.
There wasn't anything left but pride at stake by the time East Union and Manteca kicked off their final Valley Oak League match of the season Thursday night at Guss Schmiedt Field.
Things weren't looking good for Steven Gigli after he turned the ball over to East Union head coach Dan Triglia in the third inning and made the short walk from the mound to shortstop.
The East Union Lancers seem to have no respect of their opponents' capabilities, destroying their second consecutive Valley Oak league opponent by nine runs with the Lancers' 9-0 win over the visiting Weston Ranch Cougars Thursday.
RIPON – The Ripon Christian Knights scored two in the first for a quick lead and wouldn't surrender it, holding off a late Modesto Christian rally for a 5-2 Trans Valley League win Thursday.
East Union's Zach Carrillo came a base on balls and a hits batsman away from a perfect game, dominating the Ceres Bulldogs in a 7-0 Valley Oak League win for the Lancers Thursday.
RIPON – Ripon High's Ryan Durrer came to the plate as the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning, but could not hand the Escalon Cougars their first loss in over a month, striking out and sending Escalon home with a 6-4 Trans Valley League win.
Oakdale High junior Brianna Parker completed her string of dominance against Manteca schools in a big way.
Somebody had to win.
Local wrestling standout Alex Garcia qualified for the ASICS/Vaughan Junior Greco Nationals after his third-place finish in the 126-pound division of the state tournament last weekend in Fresno.
It turns out there will be a few more Buffaloes roaming the turf at Tracy High's Wayne Schneider Stadium this Saturday.
A no-hitter from its No. 2 pitcher helped Manteca High's baseball team earn its first Valley Oak League championship in 29 years.
It's better late than never for 16-year-old Justin Clayton.
The Red Sox saved their best for last.
With the bases loaded and two out in the bottom of the sixth Thursday in the Northgate Little League AAA championship tilt with the Nationals, Phillies slugger Tyler Toste hit a towering shot to center field that looked as if it would clear the bases.
Cruz Lopez picked a good time to hit his first home run of the year.
It's official: Manteca High's football team will open its 2014 season Aug. 29 at Levi's Stadium.
Phillip Leuvano threw four shutout innings of relief Tuesday and Blue Jays teammate Scotty Armstrong had a monster bat in an 11-4 win over the A's in semifinal action of the Northgate majors tournament.
Robert Vernon has returned the Ripon softball program to a place of prominence and his hard work hasn't gone unnoticed.
ELK GROVE - Less than 24 hours after graduating, Bryan Vincent mustered enough energy to make the best jump of his career in Friday's Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Championships.
ELK GROVE – After the first day of the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Track and Field championships no local competitors advanced to the state championships, but one came close.
Manteca Dolphins president Priscilla Brink hoped to see cleaner, faster swims from a relatively new team.
Valley Oak League champion, Sac-Joaquin Section champion, Most Valuable Player - Manteca High's Jacob Corn achieved the trifecta in his senior season.