Scottie DeBrouwer knew that he had a golden opportunity in front of him as he stepped into the batter's box.
Sierra and East Union showed why they are considered the Valley Oak League's premier golf programs Thursday at Manteca Park Golf Course in a 197-211 Timberwolves win.
TRACY - It turns out East Union will not successfully defend its 2008 Nor-Cal Classic championship.
To fully understand just how good both East Union starter Marshall Swift and Weston Ranch starter Chris Fleckenstein were in the Lancers' 10-0 win over the Cougars Thursday at Agostini Field, consider this: It took just one hour and three minutes to complete the first five and a half innings.
Kourtni McCall showed no mercy to Uncle Todd and his Manteca Buffaloes Wednesday.
Earning back-to-back titles in the toughest bracket of the prestigious Nor-Cal Classic, now in its sixth season of existence, would be nice, but East Union coach Brian Goulart said that isn't the ultimate goal.
Despite gusting winds and freshly aerated greens at Manteca Park Golf Course, East Union produced its lowest round of the season: A 212, 34 strokes better than Manteca High.
WESTON RANCH - Sierra's top player, Heather Scharmann, was on a college trip, but that didn't stop the Timberwolves from pounding Weston Ranch 8-0 Wednesday in the two teams' first Valley Oak League game back from spring break.
<p>The East Union sophomore softball team had the bats working overtime Wednesday at Lincoln Park in an 11-1 win over Manteca High.
<p>JACKSON – There were a few big schools, including Galt and Atwater, on hand Saturday at Amador High's varsity-only Amador Relays, but for the most part, the 16-team field was comprised of schools similar to Sierra High in size.
RIPON - Coming off a blowout loss to Modesto Christian Wednesday, Ripon was looking to turn the tables at home Friday afternoon against the Crusaders.
<p>Sierra High met Manteca at the Buffaloes home pool Friday afternoon and the Timberwolves came away with a pair of wins, 116-54, on the girls' side and 87-77 on the boys'.
They're as impressive as athletes as they are students and community members.
Manteca played one of its best games all season Wednesday against the only team to beat Oakdale in Valley Oak League play.
<p>Some of the Sac-Joaquin Section's top boys golf programs converged on the par-72 Del Rio Golf and Country Club in Modesto for Central Catholic's Invitational Preview on Monday.
<p>Alyssa Cantu and Jasmine Ivey both made their third consecutive appearance at the CIF 2014 State Girls Wrestling Championships this past weekend at the Visalia Convention Center.
<p>The Lathrop girls soccer team opened the spring season with a 1-1 non-league draw against McNair-Stockton on Saturday.
<p>RIVERBANK – The Lathrop boys basketball team began the night a man down.
<p>Lathrop High showed well in many ways Friday night when its boys basketball team was eliminated from the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs.
<p>STOCKTON – Lucas Widmer's prep career came to a conclusion against an all-too familiar foe during the third round of the consolation bracket of the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament Friday night.
<p>Ripon Christian was able to overcome a poor start but couldn't fly with the Falcons of Forest Lake Christian for the duration in a Sac-Joaquin Section Division V boys basketball quarterfinal Friday in Auburn.
<p>Alyssa Cantu and Jasmine Ivey are in line to capture their second medals in the CIF State Girls Wrestling Championships.
<p>RIPON – Lillie Olson was a significant reason Sacramento Waldorf made it to the quarterfinals of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Tournament Thursday night.
<p>East Union's six-game winning streak came to a halt Thursday night when the Lancers got acquainted with top-seeded Vanden-Fairfield during the quarterfinals of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III Girls Basketball Tournament.
<p>PATTERSON - For 3 ½ quarters, No. 6 Weston Ranch matched third-seeded Patterson stride for stride in a heated footrace for a spot in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III semifinals Thursday.
<p>No stranger to postseason success, Ripon Christian is a win away from advancing to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V semifinals for a fifth consecutive season while clinching another berth to the CIF State Regional Championships.
<p>LATHROP - Lathrop High head coach Nathan McGrath could sense it from the Spartan Nation cheering section moments before Wednesday's Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoff opener against 11th-seeded Mariposa.
<p>The knot on his tie had been pulled loose. The top button of his shirt unclipped.
<p>SACRAMENTO – Austin Haro's hot hand and six treys weren't enough for Manteca during the opening round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs Wednesday night.