Marquis Miller had something to prove.
It was a record day for Jarrod Daniels.
Never has scheduling dealt a team such an evil hand when East Union had to roll out the welcome mats for two-time defending Valley Oak League champion Oakdale High in a 55-14 homecoming loss.
HUGHSON – The Ripon Indians are running full speed towards a Sac-Joaquin Section playoff spot.
CERES - Ceres High spoiled Weston Ranch's homecoming last year.
Ripon's four-game loss to Escalon Thursday proved to have big playoff ramifications.
ESCALON - The streak is over.
A first half-goal from David Molina seemingly sparked a Weston Ranch revenge win, but the Buffaloes had other plans. Manteca outshot and outscored the Cougars over the final half salvaging a 1-1 tie in the Valley Oak League playoff showdown at Lincoln Park Thursday.
LATHROP - It has been a long time coming, but it's finally here for the Lathrop Spartans who pulled in their first Valley Oak League win, 4-3, against Sonora Thursday.
Jena Anderson and Stephanie Vanni did what was expected of them Thursday against Oakdale to remain the lone undefeated doubles team in the Valley Oak League.
The Manteca High golf team came through with a solid round, yet the squad still fell 11 strokes shy of upsetting the Valley Oak League's second-place team in a 252-263 loss.
RIPON - There are two sides to Ripon High senior Hart Yoshida.
ESCALON – After putting themselves back in contention with a late first half goal, the Ripon Indians outplayed the Escalon Cougars over the final half, ending a nine-game losing drought with a 2-1 win in Trans Valley League play.
The Sierra High cross country program put forth a valiant effort, yet it was unable to slow down the Sonora Wildcats in Wednesday's Valley Oak League Meet No. 2 at Woodward Reservoir.
Alexis Erich and East Union held a three-run cushion heading into the seventh inning Friday and were three outs away from a key Valley Oak League victory over Kimball.
Oakdale capitalized on its opportunities and Sierra did not.
With two of their top contributors out, Sierra High's boys swimmers suffered their first defeat of the season by a 99-71 margin at Kimball of Tracy. Kimball's girls also won by the same score.
Ripon's defense hadn't given up more than two goals in a game all season until Friday.
Only one of Friday's matches between Ripon and Hughson's co-ed tennis teams needed to be decided in a third set.
Josh Clark fittingly scored the deciding run on a dropped third strike in the top of the seventh inning, as Ripon avoided an upset at Modesto Christian with a 7-4 victory Friday.
Oakdale High's recent run of dominance includes seven straight Valley Oak League championships and six Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV titles in that same span.
Sierra's Jack Thomson turned to a teenager for direction late in a 7-1 victory, and the Hall of Fame skipper was rewarded for his faith.
Isela Rivera fired the game-tying goal in the 38th minute with an angry blast from 20 yards away that knotted the game at one apiece Thursday night.
Ripon junior Nick Sharp shot a 1-over 36 during Thursday's Trans Valley League victory over visiting Riverbank at the Spring Creek Golf & Country Club.
East Union's playoff chances took a big hit Thursday when it dropped a 5-4 decision to visiting Sonora.
One pitching gem followed another for Ripon on Thursday.
Chris Schmitz led Sierra for a second straight day, and the Timberwolves completed their season sweep of Manteca High 227-242 Wednesday at Manteca Park Golf Course.
RIPON - Sometimes the wind blows your way and sometimes it does not.
MORGAN HILL – Ty Wells stood poolside, cooled by the shade of a pop-up tent.