To say the Sierra Timberwolves are playing good soccer at this point in the season would be quite the understatement.
RIPON - Michael Donaldson put a preseason's worth of frustration into his final pitch - a game-ending strike on a 2-2 fastball that Modesto Christian's Devan Brown, caught off balanced after swinging on consecutive curveballs earlier in the at-bat, looked at.
CERES - Less isn't more in swimming.
ELK GROVE - Smarting from Thursday's 10-0 Sacramento Tournament of Champions-opening loss to powerhouse Oak Ridge of El Dorado Hills, the two-time defending Sac-Joaquin Section Division II champion, East Union coach Brian Goulart was curious to see how his team would rebound with a healthy lineup.
STOCKTON - On Monday he did it with his bat.
OAKDALE - For anyone that hasn't experienced courses like the ones offered at Oakdale and Sonora, the learning curve is steep.
C.J. Rivas was unstoppable at the plate Friday for the Manteca sophomore baseball team in a five-inning 15-3 drubbing of Chavez.
MODESTO - They call Tom Moore, the late meet director of the former Modesto Relays, the "Grandfather of district track and field."
Apparently the Lancers are charitable sorts.
BAKERSFIELD - Down 3-2 with 20 seconds remaining in his first match Saturday at the California Interscholastic Federation State Championships, Ryan Mackey had little choice but to shoot.
After Manteca let a 1-1 deadlock slip away to Pioneer, 4-2, on penalty kicks, the tournament host wrapped the 1st Annual Buffalo Cup with a nice 3-0 win over Hilmar to finish third overall Saturday afternoon at Guss Schmiedt Field.
SACRAMENTO - Sierra High moved to 7-0-1 on the season by winning the Folsom Challenge Cup in Sacramento Saturday.
MODESTO - Back-to-back errors, combined with mostly silent bats spelled doom for East Union in its first contest Saturday at Rainbow Fields, a 6-0 loss to Grace Davis.
BAKERSFIELD - There would be no slow start for Ryan Mackey this time around.
Nobody likes a tie, but nobody was doing much whining about it after Ripon and East Union battled to a 1-1 stalemate at Woodward Park Friday.
East Union's game plan was to apply pressure on the Manteca back line from the opening whistle Monday at Guss Schmiedt Field.
With help from East Union, Weston Ranch finds itself comfortably ahead of the pack at the midway point of the Valley Oak League boys soccer season.
Jacqui Uecker collected 12 kills, seven digs, two aces and a block to help Ripon ward off Riverbank 25-12, 10-25, 25-12, 25-16 in a Trans-Valley League volleyball match on Monday.
Manteca kept up a relentless attack from the opening kickoff to the final buzzer Friday and defeated host Lathrop 48-6 in Valley Oak League sophomore action at Bennie Gatto Field.
Manteca swept East Union to open Valley Oak League play.
Noah Lehmann has a knack for being at the right place at the right time, the deceptive speed to blow by defenders and the requisite finishing touch of a striker.
Manteca returned to its winning ways Thursday when it dispatched visiting Sierra, 6-3.
Sierra remains on the heels of Valley Oak League-leading East Union after notching a decisive 242-271 win over Central Catholic at Manteca Park Golf Course Thursday.
Central Catholic remains in the driver's seat for the Valley Oak League championship after the conference's newest member knocked off defending titlist Manteca 6-3 for a second time this season.
LATHROP - With just two goals scored in the game's first 60 minutes, Manteca and Lathrop combined for three in a five-minute span in Wednesday's Valley Oak League contest at Bennie Gatto Field.
Ripon was undaunted by its first Trans-Valley League assignment Wednesday.
Weston Ranch coach Francisco Cisneros could sense the frustration mounting from his Cougars in the first half of their Valley Oak League match at Oakdale on wednesday.
Brooke Riley capped off an impressive week Wednesday, shooting 5-under-par 31 on the links-style front nine at Tracy's Old River Golf Course, as East Union continued its Valley Oak League title defense with a 205-225 win against host Kimball.
Taylor Bays can serve. And she can dig, too.
RIPON - Nothing is coming easy in what is shaping up to be a competitive Southern League boys soccer season.