Playing catch isn't always as easy as it looks.
Stephanie Vanni found herself directly in front of the goalie just seconds into Sierra's Valley Oak League deciding contest with Weston Ranch. Vanni knew exactly what to do, pounding the Timberwolves' first attempt into the net for an instant 1-0 lead and a smooth path to a 5-0 win and the squads second consecutive league championship.
CERES – After battling the best singles players in the Valley Oak League for the regular season, Manteca High's Alex McAdams and Alex Barragan teamed up for a quality ride, outlasting some 20-plus doubles teams for the VOL doubles championship Thursday at Ceres High.
There wasn't anything left but pride at stake by the time East Union and Manteca kicked off their final Valley Oak League match of the season Thursday night at Guss Schmiedt Field.
Things weren't looking good for Steven Gigli after he turned the ball over to East Union head coach Dan Triglia in the third inning and made the short walk from the mound to shortstop.
The East Union Lancers seem to have no respect of their opponents' capabilities, destroying their second consecutive Valley Oak league opponent by nine runs with the Lancers' 9-0 win over the visiting Weston Ranch Cougars Thursday.
RIPON – The Ripon Christian Knights scored two in the first for a quick lead and wouldn't surrender it, holding off a late Modesto Christian rally for a 5-2 Trans Valley League win Thursday.
East Union's Zach Carrillo came a base on balls and a hits batsman away from a perfect game, dominating the Ceres Bulldogs in a 7-0 Valley Oak League win for the Lancers Thursday.
RIPON – Ripon High's Ryan Durrer came to the plate as the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning, but could not hand the Escalon Cougars their first loss in over a month, striking out and sending Escalon home with a 6-4 Trans Valley League win.
Oakdale High junior Brianna Parker completed her string of dominance against Manteca schools in a big way.
It did not take the Sierra Timberwolves too long to take care of the visiting Central Valley Hawks, securing the Valley Oak League win with a five-run fifth inning to clip the Hawks for good Wednesday.
RIVERBANK – The Ripon Christian soccer program saw a season's worth of dedication pay off in a major way Wednesday when the Knights outlasted the Riverbank Bruins for a 1-0 Trans Valley League win.
ANGELS CAMP – There was a lot to be determined in Tuesday's Valley Oak League Championships at Greenhorn Creek, and East Union's Kyle Harman proved to be the key factor, capturing the VOL's Most Valuable Player award and leading the Lancers to a co-championship with Oakdale High with a 4 over par round of 76.
COPPEROPOLIS - Andrew Bonner did not win the Trans Valley League's year-end golf tournament at Saddle Creek Golf Course as expected.
CERES - There were no surprises at the Valley Oak League Singles Tournament Tuesday at Central Valley High.
RIPON - Kevin Tameling cobbled together an ambitious nonleague schedule for Ripon Christian's girls soccer team and who can blame him?
The Manteca High boys tennis team earned its dinner Friday night after capping a busy four-match week with a 6-3 victory at Kimball in a battle of the Valley Oak League's top two teams.
Manteca and host Oakdale were locked in a pitchers' duel through four innings of their Valley Oak League contest on Friday.
Another Ripon-Hughson softball game, another one-run contest.
East Union proved to be a tough out once again for Sierra at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
The Walljasper era hasn't ended just yet for Sierra's softball team.
The Manteca Dolphins have welcomed back a few familiar faces.
LATHROP - Manteca's Haighley Kissee did it all for the Buffaloes on Thursday in a 17-0 five-inning road win over Lathrop in Valley Oak League softball action.
Three school records fell during a Valley Oak League meet at Sierra on Thursday. The Timberwolves boys team overwhelmed visiting Lathrop 113-31, and the girls won, 121-45.
The Ripon High Indians continued their winning ways Thursday by trouncing host Riverbank 16-2 in Trans Valley League play.
The East Union Lancers fell to Oakdale Thursday in Valley Oak League action at the Oakdale Golf and Country Club, 213-231.
Manteca High opened the Valley Oak League season Wednesday with a tough 21-15 home loss to Oakdale.
Ilena Rivera scored a goal midway through the first half, toward the end of the half and added one in the second half for a hat trick to lead East Union to a 5-1 Valley Oak League soccer win over Sierra on Wednesday at Dino Cunial Field.
Rod Wright can draw up a fool-proof game plan to make your center small and insignificant and force you into bad shots.
One day after being shut out across town by contending Manteca, East Union bounced back at home Wednesday with an 8-1 victory over its other intra-city rival Sierra.