CERES - Undefeated East Union got its wake-up call early.
LINDEN - As much as Ripon junior Matt Ratto was struggling with his 3-point shot, the Linden Lions made sure that he wasn't the one to beat them during a closer-than-expected non-league contest Tuesday.
Lathrop High's first-year wrestling team split its junior varsity matches to open Valley Oak League action Tuesday, losing to Weston Ranch 55-22 before beating host Manteca, 78-6.
It took East Union seven minutes and 19 seconds to score its first field goal Tuesday night in a 47-30 win over Grace Davis at the Dalben Center.
It started a little over four years ago, the summer before Krysta Clark's freshman year at East Union.
The outmanned Sierra High sophomore boys basketball team was not outplayed in its 48-38 win over visiting Modesto Tuesday.
And with 6 minutes, 41 seconds left in the game, Christian Williams rested.
STOCKTON - Ryan Mackey has made it look easy, but he'll be the first to admit it hasn't been.
RIPON - Daniel Van De Pol picked the perfect time to break out of a slump.
It didn't take Ashley Rose very long to find her effective range.
ESCALON - The only thing that could slow Manteca High down was a running clock.
ESCALON - Fresh off winning its own Block M Tournament, the Manteca High sophomore boys basketball team ended its non-league schedule with a resounding 71-50 victory over host Escalon.
COSUMNES OAKS - The Weston Ranch High sophomore boys basketball team claimed third place Saturday at the Cosumnes Oaks Tournament with a 62-55 win over Laguna.
CARMICHAEL - Ripon Christian took third place overall Saturday at the Victory Christian Tournament with a 61-44 win over Highlands.
TRACY - Although Manteca could have very easily participated in the championship game of the Tracy Winter Holiday Classic Saturday evening, the Buffaloes faced a stiff test in Livingston in the fifth-place game, nonetheless.
Ripon avenged a previous loss and put itself in a good position to return to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Tournament with Thursday's 164-174 win over Linden at Jack Tone Golf Course.
The Southern League race has quietly developed into an intriguing one.
Pay no mind to Lathrop's record.
Ripon Christian visited Delhi on Tuesday and avenged its only Southern League loss with a 1-0 victory that keeps the Knights atop the standings.
Ripon overcame serving errors and a game Hughson squad in a Trans-Valley League road match Wednesday.
The Manteca Jr. Timberwolves' novice football team rode the legs of Elijah Cota in Saturday's overtime 25-19 victory over their cross-town rival Chargers.
Escalon got one step closer to clinching the Valley Foothill League's North Division championship Tuesday after beating second-place Ripon 160-175 at Escalon Golf Course.
Weston Ranch beat East Union at its own game in a duel between the Valley Oak League's hottest teams Monday at Dino Cunial Field.
Coming off a tough five-game loss to rival Escalon, Ripon bounced back nicely with Monday's 25-13, 25-10, 25-23 sweep at Modesto Christian.
East Union's Edmi Lopez is a Timberwolf slayer.
Ripon Christian's boys soccer team overcame a halftime deficit, and Andrew Manes nailed the go-ahead goal in the 72nd minute to knock off host Le Grand 2-1 on Thursday.
The Manteca and East Union volleyball teams split their first two sets Wednesday before the visiting Lancers atoned for an earlier season sweep and pulled away to win the next two for a 25-21, 24-26, 25-22, 25-17 win in Valley Oak League action at Winter Gymnasium.
East Union co-head coaches Brian Goulart and Dennis Wells figured this was the year that the Lancers' run of championships in the Sierra Invitational would end.
The hardest part of the schedule is over for Ripon's football team.
Manteca and Oakdale entered Wednesday's Valley Oak League soccer contest tied in the standing, and the Mustangs escaped Guss Schmiedt Field with a 5-2 victory and sole possession of second place.