It was a physical battle between two top programs, but nothing was left settled in a big Valley Oak League showdown between East Union and visiting Oakdale at Dino Cunial Field Thursday.
OAKDALE – Entering the match, both programs stood with undefeated Valley Oak League marks, but after nine holes of play East Union was left coping with its first league defeat and the Mustangs sitting alone atop the VOL standings following a 208-225 loss.
OAKDALE - The stage is set.
Field issues at Lathrop High forced the Manteca Buffaloes to host their final Valley Oak league meeting with the Spartans and hitting first had no ill effects on the Buffaloes, as they remained unblemished after their first league series with a 12-1 win Wednesday.
RIPON – The Trans Valley League season could have opened with better results, nonetheless, the Ripon Indians are going to have to rebound after a disheartening 7-1 loss to the Hughson Huskies Thursday.
East Union High's sophomore baseball team had a combined three-hit shutout from three pitchers who helped the Squires snap a three-game losing streak and roll into the Valley Oak League season behind am 8-0 win over Stagg Thursday.
Getting the Valley Oak League season underway must have been on the minds of the Sierra High track athletes, after dismantling the Ceres Bulldogs on both levels of completion Wednesday in the VOL opener.
When your No. 1 singles player takes two-out-of-three matches from an opponent that's part of an established program you're probably going to have a good day.
RIPON - Little time had elapsed when the Hughson Huskies struck gold after a throw-in led to a breakaway goal, giving a glimpse of things to come in Ripon Christian's 6-0 loss to Hughson in Trans Valley League play Wednesday.
The Sierra Timberwolves had an opportunity to take a stride forward on the Valley Oak League golf scene, but Oakdale High had other intentions during Sierra's 210-221 loss to the Mustangs Wednesday at Manteca Golf Course.
STOCKTON – The Weston Ranch baseball squad found themselves down 5-0 after three innings, but the deficit was just the first hurdle in the Cougars' come-from-behind win over Monterey Trail in the Claudia Lewis Tournament at McNair High.
After one inning of play, the Lathrop Spartans looked as if competing in its Valley Oak League debut would not be a problem, but two huge innings and 14 runs later Manteca High showed that would not be the case in a 15-0 shellacking Tuesday.
SONORA - The first marquee soccer matchup in the Valley Oak League came on opening day Tuesday, and it was a chance for East Union to stake its claim as one of the conference's teams to beat.
MODESTO – Sierra High's defense only committed two errors, but they proved costly in the Timberwolves' 6-1 loss to Johansen High Tuesday.
East Union's tennis team met its first test in Valley Oak League play Tuesday against defending singles champion Luis Ochoa and the Ceres Bulldogs.
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.
RIPON - Ripon High girls basketball coach George Contente warned his players to not take Riverbank lightly on Thursday.
STOCKTON - Lathrop's girls basketball team may be hitting its stride.