SONORA - After 19 outs, Sierra High's sophomore softball team was two more away from dropping a disheartening 4-0 loss to Sonora, a team the Timberwolves previously beat by double digits.
Over the past two months, the Sonora Wildcats have only been beaten twice, but one trip to Manteca and now the Wildcats have lost their grasp on the Valley Oak League's top spot after being swept by the Manteca Buffaloes 5-4 and 13-1 Saturday.
East Union found themselves intertwined in a pitchers dual, but the advantage ended up going to the Central Valley Hawks in their 3-0 Valley Oak League win over the Lancers Saturday.
Sierra High's swimming team ended the Valley Oak League regular season with a bang, producing a pair of victories over host rival Manteca Friday.
RIPON - Ripon Christian's pitching depth has it in the thick of the Trans Valley League title hunt.
Sometimes all it takes in baseball to change the course of the game is a single swing of the bat.
WESTON RANCH – When the Weston Ranch Cougars opened their half of the seventh inning grabbing a Valley Oak League win seemed slim, but a ferocious last-inning comeback pushed Weston Ranch to a 6-5 come-from-behind win Friday.
RIPON - The next time Ripon High's soccer team meets Escalon and Hughson, it should have its fourth straight Trans Valley League championship already clinched.
The Manteca Buffaloes answered the first bell when they snatched the lead with a two-run third inning, but a pair of two-out RBI Ceres hits in the fifth provided the difference in a 5-2 Bulldog Valley Oak League win over the Buffaloes Friday at Manteca High.
STOCKTON – Tyler Scharnow's lights-out performance from the mound helped Weston Ranch shut down the Lathrop offense and cruise to a 14-2 five-inning victory Friday in a Valley Oak League makeup game.
FAIR OAKS - It was the distance runner's time to shine Friday for Sierra High's track and field team.
CERES – Sierra High scored three runs in the top half of the seventh and held Ceres High scoreless in its final at bat for a come-from-behind 7-6 win Friday in Valley Oak League action.
Sierra High shored up city bragging rights by beating rival host East Union 4-2 at Dino Cunial Field Thursday, but the third horse in town, Manteca, still has the upper hand in the Valley Oak League title race.
CERES – The Manteca Buffaloes made sure not to allow their recent Valley Oak League defeat to have any lingering effect, blowing past the Central Valley Hawks, 6-1, for their third consecutive win since a 3-0 loss to Sierra High April 15.
Andrew Bonner continued to lead by example, turning in a 3-under-par round of 34 to earn medalist honors in Ripon High's 200-226 victory over Manteca High Thursday in non-league action at Manteca Golf Course.
The Valley Oak League's top girls swim team was well represented in the Sac-Joaquin Section Girls Trials Thursday at Tokay High in Lodi.
STOCKTON - Jeremy Wager-Smith was just too much for Ripon Christian to handle on Thursday.
Arianna Cardenas hadn't scored in more than a month, and she was battling a freshman for minutes, but few have been better in big games.
CERES - A chance at making history turned into heartbreak for the Manteca High boys tennis team in the first-ever Sac-Joaquin Section Division III team final.
Natalia Duran got the last laugh Wednesday.
Ripon Christian is heading to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division VII championship game for a second straight year after upending fourth-seeded Vacaville Christian 4-1 on Wednesday.
Cindy Alvarez started on defense for a second straight game.
Ripon's softball team is hoping the fourth time is the charm against Hughson.
RIPON - Emily O'Brien and Alli Hickman's valiant effort came up short in the No. 2 girls doubles match, as Ripon lost to Trans-Valley League rival Escalon 5-4 in the Sac-Joaquin Section Coed Team Tennis semifinals Wednesday.
The Ripon High baseball team is hitting its stride at the right time.
SACRAMENTO - Second-seeded East Union came out swinging Tuesday against No. 15 American Canyon.
Frank Fontana joined in on a three-on-three drill, talking a little trash and sharing laughs in what was the final practice of the season for the 2015 Manteca High boys tennis team.
Four Manteca-area schools qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section girls soccer playoffs, and all four are a win away from playing for the blue banner.
SACRAMENTO - Christian Brothers put up three runs in the third inning and coasted to a 5-1 win over Manteca in opening-round action of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III softball playoffs Tuesday at the Sacramento Softball Complex, ending the season for the Buffaloes.
All season, Manteca High boys tennis head coach Frank Fontana has praised the players on the lower end of the team ladder, and understandably so.