STOCKTON - Nick Gonzales led all players with a six-under-par 42 and spearheaded Manteca High's golf team to a close 247-256 win over host Weston Ranch at Van Buskirk Golf Course Wednesday.
LATHROP - East Union High's sophomore softball team took control early on, leading by five runs after two innings en route to an 11-1 victory over Lathrop in its first Valley Oak League contest of the season Wednesday.
Pressure situations are nothing new to East Union freshman Jordan Kron, who led the school's varsity basketball team in scoring this past winter after contributing to USA Baseball's under-14 gold-medal finish in the Pan-Am Championships in the fall.
WESTON RANCH - Manteca High's soccer team left its Valley Oak League contest with Weston Ranch with a 4-3 win, but the squad's performance was less than impressive.
WESTON RANCH – Contrary to what the score depicts, the Sierra Timberwolves found themselves interlocked in a Valley Oak League battle with Weston Ranch High for four innings, but disaster struck over the final three frames in an 18-1 Sierra victory Tuesday.
Sierra's Kevin Rausa continues to roll.
OAKDALE – The three-time defending Valley Oak League champion Sierra Timberwolves experienced something that they are not accustomed to, as they were upended by the Oakdale Mustangs in both boys and girls action Tuesday at Royce Memorial Pool.
The Sierra Timberwolves were able to tack on a pair in the bottom of the seventh inning, but it would not be enough in their 3-2 Valley Oak League loss to Oakdale Tuesday.
It was business as usual for the Sierra Timberwolves, cruising to an easy 206-258 win over the Manteca Buffaloes Tuesday at Manteca Golf Course.
What started out to be a nip-and-tuck pitchers' duel got out of hand early at Manteca High's varsity baseball diamond Tuesday.
WESTON RANCH - Alexandra Alvarado didn't get to start the game, but she got to finish it.
Sierra High's girls soccer team kicked off the first of a brutal three-game stretch this week with Monday's 8-0 blowout of visiting Sonora.
RIPON - For a half, Ripon Christian's girls soccer team gave reigning Trans Valley League champion Ripon all it could handle at Park View Elementary Monday.
Sierra High's baseball team did all of its damage early and rode the arms of three pitchers the rest of the way in its 3-1 non-league win over visiting Stagg of Stockton Monday.
WESTON RANCH - Lathrop High's sophomore team needed just the 11 runs it racked up in the first inning, but the hits kept on coming in the Spartans' 30-0 shellacking of Weston Ranch in Monday's Valley Oak League opener.
RIPON - Ripon Christian appears to have fully recovered from what head coach Kevin Tameling called "dead legs."
Ripon Christian head coach John De Visser was well aware that ace pitcher Connor McGovern was on his game Wednesday against visiting Denair.
It was a back-and-forth meet Wednesday between the Sierra and Kimball girls track and field teams, two early favorites for the Valley Oak League championship.
With some of its veterans a bit off their game Wednesday, Ripon looked to its newer players to step up against rival Ripon Christian in a nonleague match at Spring Creek Golf & Country Club.
Patience proved to be a virtue for host Sierra on Tuesday as the Timberwolves drew 11 walks in just four innings and defeated Kimball 13-3 in a mercy-rule victory in Valley Oak League baseball action before the rain rolled in.
After opening the Valley Oak League schedule with losses to two contending programs, Manteca High's swim teams picked up its first victories while braving the cold weather Tuesday in a double dual against visiting Lathrop and Weston Ranch.
The rain did little to slow Sierra's girls soccer team on Tueseday.
Six standouts representing the Manteca Futbol Club are being recognized for their talents off the pitch as well as on it.
The area's two best high school girls wrestlers competed against some of the best in the nation this past weekend and came away with All-America honors.
Sierra High senior Anna Cardenas is one of 51 student-athletes to be awarded a scholarship by the Sac-Joaquin Section.
Ripon's boys and girls swim teams won all but two races at East Union on Friday, but the host Lancers were able to make things interesting with their superior depth.
STOCKTON - Allie Walljasper struck out 14 in six innings, Julie Deanda and Maddie Penner each rapped two-run hits and Devi Coglio legged out a home run in Sierra's 8-0 win at Weston Ranch on Friday.
Manteca has finally broken though against Kimball, already a Valley Oak League powerhouse in just its fourth season as a varsity club.
Through the years, the Ripon-Hilmar girls soccer rivalry has been the stuff of legend – tug-o-wars for league championships and dramatic playoff matches.
Ripon won four out of the five doubles matches at Riverbank and returned home with a 5-4 victory and their perfect Trans-Valley League record still intact.