It was a pitchers' duel for five innings.
OAKDALE - With the toughest two-match stretch of the Valley Oak League season behind them, coach Frank Fontana and his Manteca High boys tennis team can breathe a sigh of relief - for now - after beating Oakdale 11-4 Thursday.
Sierra High can be proud of several things after its 6-4 non-league victory over the Atwater Falcons, but superb defensive play will likely reign supreme after a clutch catch from centerfielder Kenny Leasure wrapped up the Timeberwolves' second win in two days.
In-town rivals Ripon and Ripon Christian's boys and girls basketball teams were awarded for successful seasons during the year-end coaches meetings.
STOCKTON – Manteca shrugged off a tough 6-2 loss Wednesday against Davis High and took it out on the Chavez Titans in a 15-0 blowout Thursday at Chavez High.
CERES – The Sierra High golf team didn't need its best effort, but the squad came close nonetheless, in beating Central Valley with relative ease in a 179-292 Valley Oak League win at River Oaks Golf Course Thursday.
WESTON RANCH – Wafa Hafed put on a performance to remember as the Weston Ranch soccer squad rolled the McNair Eagles 6-0 to close out its non-league schedule with an impressive win.
The Sierra High sophomore softball team exposed the Modesto Panthers in a 15-0 non-league blowout Wednesday at Sierra High.
The Valley Oak League unquestionably has some of the best golfers in the Sac-Joaquin Section and a handful of them were on display Wednesday when Sierra High was edged out by East Union 204-216 Wednesday at Manteca Golf Course.
Vince Bordi has taken a familiar path to success in his final season for San Francisco State's wrestling team.
The eyes of Major League Baseball were watching and Manteca High junior Matt Burrows was poised to take the spotlight. Burrows came close, but he was unable to match the performance of Grace Davis standout pitcher Jake Sisco during the Buffaloes 6-2 loss to Davis Wednesday at Manteca High.
The East Union Lancers have picked up a little steam and now they are rolling into Valley Oak League action, putting together another shutout Wednesday in a 3-0 non-league win over Buhach Colony.
Sierra High broke open a close game with a six-run fourth inning and kept things out of reach with a dominant pitching performance from senior Gabby Hawkins in a non-league victory over Modesto High Wednesday.
SALIDA – The Sierra High baseball team got a nice opening to its 2010 season, beating a talented Modesto Christian team 2-1 in the squads' season debut.
RIPON – Ripon Christian's basketball squad could not have opened its first-round California Interscholastic Federation State boys Championships game against Liberty Christian any better, but its perfect start could not have been more misleading, as the Knights fell 76-73 in overtime Tuesday for a season-ending loss.
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.