Let the Trans Valley League games begin.
LINCOLN - Zach Williams and Marcus Gonzales fared well at the always-tough Mark Fuller Invitational Saturday.
STOCKTON - You always remember your first.
ESCALON - Eight Weston Ranch junior varsity wrestlers placed at the Escalon JV Tournament Saturday, including four gold medalists.
Kiwi Gardner and Christian Williams took center stage, but Gardner's Manteca Buffaloes stole the show.
Thursday afternoon after shooting a round of golf in Escalon, I asked a friend what his plans were for Friday night.
By the time the night ended, Weston Ranch didn't leave a whole lot of doubters inside of Dalben Center with their 60-40 handling of the Lancers.
ANGELS CAMP – Things didn't start off well for Ripon after the long road trip up to Bret Harte for their last non-league game.
Edy Guzman drained two free throws with 6.6 seconds left to stretch host Sierra's lead, and Josh Walters' deep 3-pointer to tie it from the right wing caromed off the back rim as the Timberwolves held on to stun Manteca 45-42 in sophomore boys basketball action Friday.
WESTON RANCH - Perhaps the young Cougars of Weston Ranch are too naive to understand that they're not supposed to beat an undefeated team that is aiming to win its third straight Valley Oak League title.
Sierra High's impressive 59-44 win over Manteca at Winter Gym Thursday night was a perfect example of how dangerous the Timberwolves can be when they are hitting on all cylinders.
Stephanie Vanni scored eight of her 10 points during the fourth quarter Thursday night in leading the Sierra High sophomore girls basketball team past Manteca, 48-40.
Then soon-to-be freshman Jaqi Gutierrez was at a crossroads after graduating from Shasta School.
WESTON RANCH - While most of the headlines have gone the way of Manteca and Sierra thus far, Weston Ranch, the reigning Valley Oak League champion, has quietly gone about its business.
The "S" word can now re-enter Manteca High's vocabulary.
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.
East Union kept host Weston Ranch on its heels thanks to big serving runs from Jordyn Posz and Destiny Flores.
The weather is expected to cooperate for today's Valley Oak League rematch between Manteca and Central Catholic, which was originally postponed because of rain last Thursday.
Brooke Riley's round didn't end as well as she had hoped during East Union's Valley Oak League dual match at Oakdale Golf and Country Club on Tuesday.
Scoring was at a premium Saturday when the Manteca Jr. Timberwolves junior novice squad locked up with the Tracy Jr. Bulldogs, who prevailed 6-0 in Delta Youth Football League action.
STOCKTON - The blond streak in Esteban Paramo's hair may have started as a personal statement of style, but it's come to symbolize something much bigger.