CERES – Sierra High trailed the Ceres Bulldogs by four heading into the intermission, but a blistering hot third quarter provided the Timberwolves with all the separation they would need in their 59-53 win over the host Bulldogs.
Manteca High's defending Valley Oak League champion boys basketball team began its title defense against visiting Oakdale Tuesday and had little trouble in dispatching the overmatched Mustangs, 55-42.
If there was a perfect way for the three-time defending Valley Oak League champions to tip off their regular season, the Ceres Bulldogs would likely say they witnessed that performance in the East Union Lancers' 52-29 win.
RIPON - Despite holding a five-point lead at halftime, Ripon High watched its lead over Linden dwindle down to a single point midway through the third quarter.
It was not the Sierra Timberwolves' best effort, but it was good enough to push them to a 1-0 mark in Valley Oak League play with a 47-36 home win over the Sonora Wildcats.
OAKDALE - The Manteca Buffaloes held a slim 24-17 halftime lead and never relinquished it during a 45-34 Valley Oak League opening win over the Oakdale Mustangs Tuesday.
Joseph Berry led three scorers in double figures with 14 points, and the Sierra High sophomore boys basketball team repelled the relentless Sonora Wildcats for a 48-47 home win to open the Valley Oak League season.
Manteca High junior Kiwi Gardner could miss a handful of games or forfeit the rest of his athletic eligibility depending on Sac-Joaquin Section sanctions. He will likely not play in tonight's Valley Oak League opener with visiting Oakdale.
Manteca High's boys basketball team opens Valley Oak League play tonight against visiting Oakdale with a pedestrian 7-4 preseason mark, but do not be deceived into believing the Buffaloes are an average squad.
Entering a season with at least a portion of the past three Valley Oak League championships, and four of the past five, would usually make the defending champs the odds-on-favorite to close the season with another one. But the dominance the East Union Lancers have held over their VOL counterparts will hold little merit as the league season gets underway Tuesday for the nine VOL girls basketball programs.
The perception around these parts is that Manteca rules the high school football scene, Sierra reigns in soccer and the softball crown rests on the heads of the Lancers of East Union.
History was made. Dreams were realized. Others were crushed.
WALNUT CREEK - Sierra High's wrestling team brought just 11 athletes to the Bill Martell Tournament Wednesday, but that was enough for it to leave its mark in its final tune-up for the Valley Oak League season.
The 5th Annual Lady Lancer Tournament at East Union High Wednesday lasted just 4 ½ hours.
Michael Garibay plated the game's first run in the opening inning of a Valley Oak League matchup of title contenders in Oakdale.
LATHROP - Weston Ranch scored the game's first four runs on Wednesday, but four runs were not going to get it done.
Sierra High's playoff push got off on the right foot Tuesday evening with a blast off the left foot of Sydnee Canales.
Manteca High's boys golf team recorded its best round of the Valley Oak League season with its 236-285 win over Weston Ranch on the par-36 front nine of Van Buskirk Golf Course.
Lathrop High's track and field team swept at all levels in a Valley Oak League double dual it hosted against Weston Ranch and Sonora on Monday.
The youngest part of Manteca High's lineup accounted for six of the team's seven total hits as well as the tying and go-ahead runs in the bottom of the seventh inning of a 3-2 comeback win over visiting Weston Ranch.
Less than two weeks after suffering its first Valley Oak League loss of the season, Manteca had the opportunity to exact revenge Monday at Kimball.
Sierra opened with a nine-run barrage and routed host Livingston 11-1 in a nonleague game that went the full seven innings Monday.
Ripon High hung with the big boys Monday in the Bear Creek/McNair Invitational, placing sixth out of 19 squads at The Reserve at Spanos Park.
Ripon's inaugural Ervin Zador Invitational Saturday was the start of a tradition for the Indians' swim program that will in hope keep the memory of a local legend alive.
The new kids on the block are anything but new.
Manteca settled for a split with the two finalists of last year's Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs.
RIPON – Hughson pitcher Bobby Etcheverry earned a complete-game victory and scattered four hits against Ripon Friday afternoon.
The Sierra High boys swim team scored its biggest win of the season so far on Friday, but coach Dave Breitenbucher warns that there is much work still left to do.
Manteca picked up its second victory in as many days despite minimal rest after getting back into town late Thursday.