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.
It was season of many firsts for the Sierra High football team.
RIPON - Briona Fontenot and Katrina Camara both had big night's for the East Union sophomore girls basketball team Friday night in a 49-33 win over Ripon.
TRACY – It didn't take long for Manteca High to show the Buhach Colony Thunder who rules the hardwood.
Sierra High head coach Scott Thomason was sporting an ear-to-ear grin following the T'Wolves' home tilt against Beyer Friday night, and for good reason.
RIPON - East Union High had one streak ended, but the one that matters is still alive.
5. Ripon serves up history
Manteca freshman girls basketball coach Kym Gause had the unique opportunity to coach a pair of games Thursday night as Mary Ann Tolbert was unable to make it to the sophomore contest, and Gause filled in well, leading the sophomore Buffs to a 55-30 win over Lathrop.
TRACY - It was a game that Manteca led nearly from wire to wire, but in the end a few crucial categories spelled doom for the Buffaloes Thursday night at West High in a 67-62 loss to Golden Valley.
WESTON RANCH - Is Weston Ranch High's girls basketball team for real?
TRACY - Chavez High guard Deone Jackson gave the Titans their first lead on a fastbreak layup 58 seconds into game, and it was Jackson who arched in a clutch 3-pointer and two free throws late in the fourth quarter for their second and third leads.
The new year has quite an act to follow.
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.