LATHROP - Offense was the Manteca High softball team's best defense in Friday's 13-4 Valley Oak League win against Lathrop.
SALIDA – Modesto Christian starter Nathan O'Leary put together another dominant performance, holding Ripon High to just four hits in a complete-game win Friday in Trans Valley League action.
SONORA – It what has become customary in Sierra High baseball games, the Timberwolves battled with Sonora High for seven innings, but could not get the runs they needed in a 2-1 Valley Oak League loss Friday.
PATTERSON - Manteca High's boys and girls swim teams each improved to 7-2 in the Valley Oak League after defeating Patterson and Ripon Friday.
East Union High's softball team struck first with a run in the second, but Sierra countered by connecting with the bigger blows in a 7-3 win at Northgate Softball Complex Friday.
Manuel Pires called his Sierra High soccer team "a work in progress" following a huge 3-0 victory over visiting rival Manteca Thursday.
When Justin Dias narrowly missed a grand slam to tie things up in the bottom of the seventh, East Union got a timely single from Joe Modesto to send the game into extra innings. But a leadoff double from Oakdale High's Kody Simmons in the top of the eighth would be the difference maker, as Oakdale plated a run and sneaked off with an 8-7 Valley Oak League win Thursday.
CERES – The Central Valley Hawks battled valiantly for seven innings, but the squad was unable to score a run, falling to the Manteca Buffaloes 1-0 in Valley Oak League action Thursday at Central Valley.
East Union's Sac-Joaquin Section postseason hopes took a significant hit after dropping a tough 3-2 decision to the always-dangerous Weston Ranch Cougars Thursday.
STOCKTON - Kyle Harman's 2-over-par 38 led the way for East Union, which breezed past Weston Ranch 212-260 in Valley Oak League action Thursday at Van Buskirk Golf Course.
After coping with a loss that cost the club primary ownership of first place in the Valley Oak League, East Union responded by hammering the Sonora Wildcats 12-1 in VOL action Thursday.
Sierra High used a pair of first-half goals to cruise past the Manteca Buffaloes 2-0 in Valley Oak League soccer action Thursday.
The one constant that has followed the Sierra High track program throughout the season is pure dominance. Nothing changed for Sierra Wednesday as they climbed all over visiting East Union and Central Valley highs for a pair of convincing Valley Oak League wins.
Things were cruising along like the preface of a close Valley Oak League softball game and then Central Valley decided to get on the board with an inside-the-park homerun. That was seemingly the Hawks' first mistake, as Manteca High would answer with a seven-run third on its way to a 14-3 win over Central Valley.
CERES – The Ceres Bulldogs had an opportunity to pull into a three-way tie with East Union and Oakdale atop the Valley Oak League softball scene and they seized the moment, using two big innings to knock off the Lancers 5-2 Wednesday.
Manteca and East Union are out for revenge, while Lathrop's second-year head coach returns to his hometown to lead the Spartans onto familiar grounds.
Brooke Riley stood shoulder to shoulder with a teammate, both staring down the third fairway at Manteca Park Golf Course.
LATHROP – Alfredo Reynaga hasn't wasted any time putting his stamp on the Lathrop High boys soccer program.
Weston Ranch isn't going to surprise anybody this year.
Ripon Christian has re-established itself as a force among Sac-Joaquin Section small-school powers following eight straight losing seasons.
The Ripon High boys soccer team didn't just lose the area's top player from a year ago.
Kevin Mendiola wheeled back with his right foot and took the ball off a bounce, sending it crashing into the back of the net.
An undefeated league record and a playoff win would be seen as successful for most teams. Ripon Christian did that in the 2013-2014 season, and for the Knights it was an off year.
In this her 10th year in the Sierra volleyball program, Timberwolves coach Trinity Johnson is looking to improve on last year's 1-13 Valley Oak League record – 3-19 overall – and she is not afraid to think outside the box to do it.
The Manteca Futbol Club Flash under-12 girls soccer team might not have a flashy Northern California ranking, but that could soon change.
It is not often that a team has momentum after graduating its core players, but the East Union volleyball team is riding high going into this year's Valley Oak League campaign.
Justin Coenenberg is calling all former Buffaloes to reunite at Manteca High's Guss Schmiedt Field this Friday.
There are some new volleyball coaches west of I-5 this year. Stacia Stricker will assume the reins at Weston Ranch and Pamela Adams is the new coach at Lathrop.
Alyssa Burch, Beth Aschenbrenner, Mildred Perez and Chelsea Bruch were all freshmen during the 2011-2012 volleyball season.
Alex Hernandez slowed to a jog and eventually a brisk walk while running sprints with his Manteca High soccer teammates on Thursday.