East Union High's volleyball team appears to be on the right track after winning its first match of the season with a three-game shutout (25-13, 25-17, 25-12) of host Tracy Wednesday.
It wasn't the ideal way for Weston Ranch High to cap what has been an otherwise successful non-league schedule, but all things considered Coach Carlos Gaspar is still going into conference play beaming.
The Valley Oak League season is still a ways away, but this weekend's tournament soccer provided some quality glimpses as to how the 2010 season will shape up. Sierra was dominant in its VOL preview victory over East Union, dropping the Lancers 3-0 in the Timberwolves Cup opener Saturday at Sierra High.
Manteca High would have obviously preferred to outlast its opponent in the 3rd Annual Buff Cup championship, but the Buffaloes will certainly accept a 6-4 win over Patterson for the tournament's consolation championship.
The first 20 minutes seemed to be scripting perfect for the Weston Ranch Cougars, but a colossal collapse to a quality Los Banos squad left the Cougars on the short-end of the pursuit for the 3rd Annual Buff Cup championship. Om a 4-1 loss Saturday.
In the first 10 minutes of Manteca High's 3rd Annual Buffalo Cup opener, the Buffaloes found themselves looking up at a 2-0 deficit to the Los Banos Tigers. The Buffaloes didn't flinch; battling back to tie things up, but a goal in the final two minutes forced Manteca to deal with a 3-2 loss to the Tigers Thursday at Manteca High.
The Weston Ranch Cougars jumped out on Ripon High with a quick first-half goal, but the Indians would claw back only to see their come-from-behind hopes sliced by the last of five penalty kicks in the Cougars' shootout win Thursday in the 3rd Annual Buffalo Cup opener.
STOCKTON – The fact that Weston Ranch only had three golfers didn't stop the four-time reigning Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV champions from posting some low numbers in their first outing of their year.
Sierra High had no sympathy for the relatively young Lathrop Spartan squad, rolling over the second-year varsity program with ease Thursday in a 15-0 victory.
Things didn't look promising for the Manteca High varsity girls Friday night when they found themselves down to match point against the Beyer Patriots with their best jump server up at the line.
If the Lathrop Spartans are able to win their season opener it would be the biggest victory in school history. If the Escalon Cougars come into Lathrop and fall to the Spartans it would ruin the perennial powerhouse's season in week one.
STOCKTON - The Sac-Joaquin Section overhauled its postseason format for football last season and has made a few minor tweaks for 2010.
The Manteca Buffaloes did not get the luxury of warming up to the Valley Oak League schedule, drawing a match against perennial league front-runner Oakdale and falling 9.5 to 5.5 Tuesday at home.
Patience and persistence paid off for Corey Navarro.
TRACY - The rebuilding has begun for Sierra's girls golf team under first-year head coach Jack Thomson.
The Weston Ranch Cougars are clearly in good position towards clinch the Valley Oak League crown.
East Union's Ciara Goodwin can get things going the right direction in a hurry.
RIPON - It didn't come down to Ripon Christian's size or Ripon's speed on Tuesday.
RIPON - Ripon High claimed hometown bragging rights over host Ripon Christian following Tuesday's Trans-Valley League clash.
STOCKTON - Big players make big plays, and Monday against Central Catholic, D'Angelo Finley made the biggest play of the night.
MARIPOSA - Nearly unstoppable in the opening quarter, the Ripon Christian boys basketball team struggled to make shots down the stretch in its 81-68 nonleague loss ...
Junior Ballard didn't come close to 51 points.
MODESTO – Jackson Rusconi took second at 108 pounds Saturday at the Gregori Memorial Wrestling Tournament at Gregori High School.
Sometimes a game is more than just a game.
Manteca shot out of the gate with an 8-1 run and never trailed Friday night in a 68-55 win over visiting Central Catholic in Valley ...
He's a sophomore named Junior, but in many ways he is more mature than most seniors.
TRACY - The first-place Weston Ranch Cougars managed a 73-63 Valley Oak League victory at Kimball on Friday.
Lathrop's game plan is simple:
OAKDALE - The Lancers put together a solid effort at Oakdale on Friday.
RIPON - Leslie Agostini may be cancer-free, but the game still goes on.