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.
WESTON RANCH – ReAnna Schmitt raced the length of the East Union sideline, avoiding Weston Ranch defenders and navigating through traffic. She stopped on a dime and found a crossing Ode Castillo and the Lancers were up two goals minutes into the second half, on their way to a 3-0 Valley Oak League win Thursday.
RIPON - With only two postseason spots available to the Trans Valley League, Ripon's first of two dual matches with defending champion Escalon Thursday came with major implications.
RIPON - It didn't take long for Ripon High's baseball team to shake off the cobwebs from Wednesday's 14-0 drubbing it took from Escalon..
STOCKTON – After four innings of perfect baseball from starting pitcher Matthew Mueller, Manteca High's baseball team needed a late offensive outburst to keep its winning streak alive in a 12-2 victory over Edison High Wednesday.
Two down, two more to go for Ripon High's boys water polo team.
Not even a disastrous start to her second nine could derail Brooke Riley's round Monday morning.
RIPON - When you're cousins, so close in age and interests you may as well be brothers, you develop certain advantages in the athletic arena.
Good news first: Ripon and Ripon Christian's volleyball teams each get to host a match for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs.
Valley Oak League champion Iris Carrilo and Sierra's Haley Silva placed first and second in Division III girls, while the Manteca boys and Ripon Christian girls teams earned top-three finishes during the Sac-Joaquin Section Subsection Meet held at Frogtown this past Saturday.
The Sac-Joaquin Section indicated at the start of the season that more emphasis would be placed on strength of schedule in seeding playoff brackets.
RIPON - Linden got its revenge Thursday night.
RIPON – Travis Vander Molen buried his head in his hands after misfiring on a point-blank header.
There's a special bond that exists between quarterback and coach, which makes this Friday's rivalry tilt between Manteca and East Union, well...
STOCKTON - Weston Ranch managed a goal 12 minutes into the second half and kept visiting Woodland out of the net to escape the quarterfinals of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs with a 1-0 win Thursday night.
Kole Gonzales racked up six goals, as the Ripon boys water polo team routed Ceres 22-3 Thursday in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs held at Woodcreek High of Roseville.
It was a brand new experience for Weston Ranch, a bright-eyed team of underclassmen and few seniors that had lifted the program to new heights by qualifying for the postseason.
CERES - The last time the East Union and Central Valley boys soccer programs met in the playoffs their semifinal escalated into a shootout.
No need to speculate on who is in and who is out of the Sac-Joaquin Section playoff hunt for Manteca-area teams.
To be the champion Manteca would had to beat league champions in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III team playoffs.