Sierra had the Mustangs by the mane.
Everything appeared to be working so well for the Manteca Buffaloes through the first two innings of their matchup with visiting Ceres on Thursday.
RIPON - No one ever accused Daniel Cardoza of backing down from a challenge.
CERES - The sledding was surprisingly easy for Manteca in a 4-1 win at Ceres Thursday afternoon.
CERES - Manteca's boys and girls teams closed out the Valley Oak League's regular season with victories over host Central Valley Thursday.
Jimi Guibor racked up 16 saves Thursday afternoon at Guss Schmiedt Field, but that was the lone bright spot, as Manteca couldn't scratch out a goal in a scoreless tie with Central Valley.
RIPON – Escalon starter Kaitlyn Brooks took a perfect game into the seventh inning Thursday at Ripon Christian.
Sierra High clinched the Valley Oak League's frosh-soph girls soccer title outright with Thursday's 2-0 victory over Oakdale at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium, but the visiting Mustangs made them work for it.
The storylines were plentiful Wednesday at East Union High, where Sierra, Weston Ranch and the host Lancers gathered for the final Valley Oak League double-dual of the season.
OAKDALE - Cassie Waggy may have saved the game with her glove, and she decided it with her bat.
RIPON - The Ripon Indians collected their third straight Trans Valley League soccer championship Wednesday with a breezy 5-0 win over Modesto Christian.
RIPON - Coming into Wednesday's contest at Ripon High, both the Indians and Hughson had four Trans Valley League losses, two back of second-place Modesto Christian.
The 2009 Tony Horton Invitational may have been played at Manteca Park Golf Course and it may have been hosted by Manteca High, but by the end of the day, the City of Vacaville had taken center stage.
Trina Solario got her team back into it with a three-run single in the fourth, and she capped the come-from-behind surge with the deciding run in the sixth as Manteca snapped a four-game losing streak in the Valley Oak League with Wednesday's 7-5 win over Sonora.
Coming off two disappointing losses to Hughson, Ripon rebounded nicely Wednesday with a 9-1 thumping of visiting Modesto Christian.
Manteca's top two singles players Yok-Jing Ma and Mike Lopez didn't waste time picking up wins on Wednesday during the Buffaloes' 8-1 Valley Oak League victory over cross-town rival Sierra.
Sierra's boys and girls swimming teams didn't have much struggle picking up a pair of victories Tuesday afternoon over Valley Oak League opponents Weston Ranch and Lathrop.
Sierra pitcher Kyle Oden admitted he didn't have his best stuff working for him in Tuesday's crosstown clash with visiting East Union, but he more than made up for it with the bat.
Michael Garibay plated the game's first run in the opening inning of a Valley Oak League matchup of title contenders in Oakdale.
LATHROP - Weston Ranch scored the game's first four runs on Wednesday, but four runs were not going to get it done.
Sierra High's playoff push got off on the right foot Tuesday evening with a blast off the left foot of Sydnee Canales.
Manteca High's boys golf team recorded its best round of the Valley Oak League season with its 236-285 win over Weston Ranch on the par-36 front nine of Van Buskirk Golf Course.
Lathrop High's track and field team swept at all levels in a Valley Oak League double dual it hosted against Weston Ranch and Sonora on Monday.
The youngest part of Manteca High's lineup accounted for six of the team's seven total hits as well as the tying and go-ahead runs in the bottom of the seventh inning of a 3-2 comeback win over visiting Weston Ranch.
Less than two weeks after suffering its first Valley Oak League loss of the season, Manteca had the opportunity to exact revenge Monday at Kimball.
Sierra opened with a nine-run barrage and routed host Livingston 11-1 in a nonleague game that went the full seven innings Monday.
Ripon High hung with the big boys Monday in the Bear Creek/McNair Invitational, placing sixth out of 19 squads at The Reserve at Spanos Park.
Ripon's inaugural Ervin Zador Invitational Saturday was the start of a tradition for the Indians' swim program that will in hope keep the memory of a local legend alive.
The new kids on the block are anything but new.