ATWATER – It was just a few weeks ago that first-year Ripon head coach Mitchell Evans was thrilled with his relatively young team scoring six runs in a 10-6 loss to the established Central Catholic program in a non-league game.
On Tuesday, Sierra High's sophomore soccer program kept an impressive season rolling in the right direction with a 4-0 win over Lathrop High in Valley Oak League play.
The only thing more Sierra High starting pitcher Dylan Debrouwer could have done was assist the umpire crew, pitching seven innings of shutout baseball and scoring the winning run in the Timberwolves' 1-0 Valley Oak League win over Manteca High Tuesday.
Manteca High was able to put together one of its more impressive rounds, but the Buffaloes still fell nearly 30 strokes shy of keeping pace with the East Union Lancers in Valley Oak League dual-match action Tuesday at Manteca Golf Course.
The Weston Ranch Cougars have battled throughout the opening stages of the Valley Oak League season, but things jelled like they haven't all year as the Cougars annihilated East Union high 16-5 in league play Tuesday.
OAKDALE –After setting the tone with two runs in the blink of an eye, the East Union Lancers used a phenomenal relief pitching effort in from Kourtni McCall to hold off the Oakdale Mustangs 5-4 in a Valley Oak League showdown Tuesday.
Things weren't exactly looking good for the Manteca High School girls varsity soccer team during their home match against Oakdale High Tuesday afternoon at Guss Schmiedt Field.
There isn't anything slowing Manteca High when it comes to their dominance on the tennis court.
The East Union sophomore baseball team continued an impressive run of late, blasting the Cougars 12-0 for a Valley Oak League win Tuesday.
WESTON RANCH – The Weston Ranch softball squad cut a 4-0 Manteca High lead to three with a run in the bottom of the third, but that would be as close as the Cougars would get in Manteca's 12-3 Valley Oak League win Monday.
LATHROP – The East Union Lancers got an impressive outing from starting pitcher Colby Seibel, who went the distance in East Union's 12-2 Valley Oak League victory over the Lathrop Spartans Monday.
STOCKTON – None of the area golfers were able to walk away with medalist honors at the Bear Creek Invitational Golf Tournament at The Reserve at Spanos Park, but there were a couple of standout rounds over the 18-hole action Monday.
Fighting for a rebound or tussling for a loose ball on the pitch will never measure up to Airenne Curry's heavyweight title fight with hereditary spherocytosis.
Sierra and Ripon Christian high schools each have a student-athlete represented on the Sac-Joaquin Section's list of A. Dale Lacky Scholarship Award winners for the second straight year.
RIPON - Robbie DeVries had quite the act to follow.
Escalon had a score to settle with Ripon on Thursday as the two met in a showdown of undefeated teams in the Valley Foothill League's North Division.
Travis Vander Molen found the back of the net twice as the Ripon Christian boys soccer team nearly erased a three-goal deficit in a 5-3 loss to visiting Delhi on Thursday.
The Weston Ranch girls tennis team played its most competitive match of the season in a 5-4 loss to East Union on Thursday.
It was a three-person race for low-medalist honors at Manteca Park Golf Course on Wednesday, where cross-town opponents Manteca and Sierra met for a pivotal Valley Oak League dual match.
Ripon dominated visiting Lodi in a three-game sweep (25-10, 25-14, 25-17) Wednesday.
The Manteca High girls cross country team has some work to do if it wants to keep its spot on the Valley Oak League throne.
RIPON - Despite an aggressive first half, Ripon Christian found itself down by a goal at halftime against visiting Le Grand, the defending Southern League champion.
East Union's girls tennis team relied on its depth to upend visiting Kimball on Tuesday.
The Manteca High girls golf team overcame a strong effort form Oakdale's Dylanie Donahue in a 287-297 victory at Manteca Park Golf Course on Tuesday.
No other Manteca-area volleyball team had a busier pre-league schedule than East Union, a young squad that second-year head coach Rich Posz hopes gained some valuable experience in the last three weeks.
Sierra was playing its seventh game in as many days Monday.
Shannon Wesley led a balanced attack with nine kills, and Emily O'Brien anchored Ripon's defensive effort as the Indians coasted past visiting Sierra 25-16, 25-7, 25-15 in a nonleague match Monday.
No one drew a tougher assignment to start the Valley Oak League boys soccer season than Manteca.
McKenna Doyle became the third different low medalist of the season for Sierra in the team's fourth Valley Oak League match Monday.
The Valley Oak League uses a points-based system to determine its MVP.