The enormity of Monday's Valley Oak League all-important showdown with visiting Oakdale didn't do the trick.
It was only appropriate that Sierra High's Alysia Atkins closed off the Manteca Buffaloes' hopes to win an emphatic smash, sending the Timberwolves off with a 3-0 win over Manteca Thursday in Valley Oak League play.
It took a combination platter of the best tennis players at Sonora High to accomplish a feat no Valley Oak League doubles tandem was able to do, when Brianne McRee and Brielle Snyder teamed up for a 6-2, 6-0 win over No. 1 seeded Stephanie Vanni and Maryann Baker Thursday.
The Weston Ranch Cougars' downward spiral continued as they were swept by the East Union Lancers Thursday in Valley Oak League play.
Ripon Christian got off to a quality start and it never let up, posting a one-sided 6-0 blowout on Turlock Christian Thursday in Southern League play.
ESCALON – Escalon High had no problem battling with the Ripon Indians and keeping the match skin-tight over the first two games, but the Cougars would eventually succumb to the Trans Valley League's best, falling in a 3-0 sweep Wednesday to the Indians.
The Sierra High soccer program stepped into the driver's seat for the Valley Oak League championship with last week's win over Manteca, but the road got a little bumpy Wednesday as the Timberwolves were stopped in Sonora 1-0 by the Wildcats in league action.
Throughout the entire season, the East Union Lancers have turned to one another to find its motivation to continue along an unchallenging 2010 Valley Oak League season. So it was pretty fitting that East Union could only find themselves atop the leader board in Tuesday's VOL Tournament at Lockeford Springs Golf Course.
The opportunity to close out her senior season as the Valley Oak League's No. 1 singles player is right in front of Sierra High's Vannida Nguyen, but to conquer that feat Nguyen will most certainly have to earn that title.
The Lathrop Spartans were able to respond after dropping the first game, bouncing back to take the next three in a 3-1 Valley Oak League win over the Sierra Timberwolves Tuesday.
Mathematically, the Ripon High boys varsity soccer squad remains in the playoff hunt.
The Valley Foothill League's end of season golf tournament was the final opportunity for players to try to extend their seasons, and Ripon Christian's Jennie Wickham as well as the Ripon High team did just that, earning a spot in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V tournament with a strong showing Monday.
It was business as usual for the Ripon Christian volleyball team, as they remained perfect through their first trip in the Southern League, handling Denair High with ease in a 3-0 win Monday.
The East Union Lancers saw the results of coming into a contest without a sense of urgency in their last Valley Oak League loss to Weston Ranch. That was not the case for the Lancers Monday, as they continually fought back to hand Oakdale High a 4-3 loss in VOL action.
The Manteca High varsity volleyball squad continued to show signs of improvement in Valley Oak League play.
No one will ever accuse a Scott Thomason-led team of looking past anybody.
MODESTO – Sierra did not score a field goal in the final nine minutes Saturday and managed just one point in the final quarter of a defensive struggle with host Modesto Christian in a defensive struggle won by the Crusaders 43-28 in the finale of the Martin Luther King Showcase.
MODESTO – Weston Ranch's Mia Hill went 4-0 Saturday to win her 106-pound pool Saturday in the Lady Eagles Invitational at Enochs High School.
RIPON - Mario Roach considers Ripon an "up-and-down" team that forces a frenetic pace with defensive pressure and constant movement on offense.
Olivia Vezaldenos broke out of a recent scoring slump Friday and led East Union to a 46-38 win over visiting Lathrop at Dalben Center.
LATHROP - It came down to the final two matches of the night in the Valley Oak League wrestling tilt between East Union and Lathrop, and the host Spartans got two pins and a 45-33 victory Thursday.
Marcus Montano and the Manteca boys basketball team couldn't make a shot in the first quarter.
Sierra can now center its focus on the big games to come after steamrolling Kimball 59-38 on Thursday.
Ripon coach George Contente tested his team with a rugged schedule in the first month of the season, and it paid off in the Indians' Trans-Valley League opener Thursday.
STOCKTON - Fred Lavender and the Weston Ranch Cougars proved to be tough match up Lathrop.
Jessica Pablo missed East Union's final six pre-league contests after rolling an ankle in a game at Sonora.
Ripon shot 9 for 25 on free throws and missed 10 of 12 attempts down the stretch in a heartbreaking 66-65 loss at Livingston on Wednesday.
LATHROP - The Brijanee Moore Era ended just as it was getting started for Weston Ranch.
Typically, coaches will use wind sprints as a way to grab their team's attention.
LATHROP - In a showcase of underclassmen on the rise, win-starved Lathrop went to a third-year senior in the closing seconds of its Valley Oak League contest with East Union on Tuesday.