Manteca's three high school softball teams share one common trait this year; they're all young - very young.
Airenne Curry's goal in the 8th minute was all Manteca High's girls soccer team needed in a 2-0 road win at Weston Ranch Monday, which evens the Buffaloes' Valley Oak League record to 1-1.
Opening the contest by jumping on its opponents first has not been the case for Lathrop High, but the Spartans were able to do just that against Bear Creek yet could not keep pace in a 14-4 non-league baseball loss to the Bruins Friday.
RIPON – Throughout the first 40 minutes the Ripon Christian girls soccer team failed to convert on a handful of relatively easy goal conversions, but its luck would change in the second half cruising to a 4-0 Southern League victory Thursday.
The Manteca Buffaloes wanted to close out its non-league schedule playing good baseball and winning ball games ,and the group has accomplished that feat, handling Argonaut High with ease in a 7-1 win Thursday on the road.
Sierra High's boys tennis team appears to have righted the ship after opening the Valley Oak League season with a tiebreaking loss to Kimball of Tracy last week.
Nick Olmo was worried his Sierra softball team would be rusty after taking nearly a full week off from action in Thursday's non-league finale at Linden High.
It came down to the final minutes, but the tone was set at the start of the Sierra High girls soccer team's 3-2 loss to visiting Oakdale in the Valley Oak League opener Wednesday.
The 2011 Lions All-Star Football Game rosters for the North and South teams were announced, and four area standouts will get the opportunity to close their high school football careers in the marquee Central Valley event amongst the best players in the area.
With the Ripon Christian Knights no longer in the Trans Valley League, Escalon will have the sour taste of its two-stroke 224-226 loss to the Knights in its mouth for the remainder of the season.
With mere days remaining before the start of the Valley Oak League season, the Manteca High baseball team got a good send off from starting pitcher Matt Burrows, who went seven innings scattering four hits in a 5-2 Manteca win over Stagg High Tuesday in Stockton.
The first four innings might not have been pretty, but East Union was able to get out with minimum damage Tuesday night in their non-league matchup against Escalon.
Ripon High's Andrew Bonner edged out Logan Vos of Ripon Christian for the second time in as many days Tuesday in a crosstown rivalry golf match featuring two of the area's best golfers.
Sierra High's Valley Oak League title defense in girls soccer begins tonight when it hosts unbeaten Oakdale.
For the first four innings of Sierra' varsity baseball game with the Johansen Vikings it seemed like the normal steps to a lopsided win were taking shape, but in the top of the inning the Vikings changed the script and Sierra needed a late insurance run in an 8-5 win Tuesday.
Manteca busted out of its recent scoring slump Wednesday with a 5-2 victory at Sierra's Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium, and with four regular-season contests remaining it's a safe bet that the prolific Buffaloes will break the 100-goal mark for the first time in program history.
When Miranda McDonnell joined Ripon Aquatics less than two years ago, she sat down with coach Erik Zador and spoke candidly about her goals.
While it's still early in the Valley Oak League race, the Sierra High Timberwolves share the top spot with Oakdale.
A fifth straight Trans-Valley League title may now be out of reach for Ripon High's boys golf team, but coach Chris Musseman has his players' focused train on an even larger prize.
This was supposed to be the year.
Manteca High's boys tennis team secured sole possession of the Valley Oak League crown in its regular-season finale on Tuesday, but 10th-year head coach Frank Fontana and the Buffaloes aren't satisfied yet.
RIPON - Mistakes proved costly for Ripon High during a big Trans-Valley League showdown against first-place Hughson on Tuesday.
Lindsey Walljasper and the Sierra High softball team are playing as well as they've played all season, and their timing couldn't be any better.
Chris Musseman expects better play out of his Ripon High boys golf team the next two days.
East Union swim coach Natalie Heihn won't judge Lathrop by Tuesday's final scores.
Hughson has rarely been a kind host to Ripon's girls soccer team in recent years.
Tristan Smith has his return to Bakersfield all mapped out, with push-pins marking all of wrestling's usual stops: league and divisional championships, Masters and lastly, state.
After an early free-kick goal, the high-octane East Union offense could not manage another goal until the game's last minute but Sierra did not take advantage of multiple scoring opportunities and lost to the visiting Lancers 2-0 Monday in Valley Oak League soccer action at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
Scoring goals hadn't been an issue for Manteca High's girls soccer team all season.
TRACY – Entering the game in the bottom of the last inning with the tying run at the plate, two runners on and no outs would be pressure-filled for the most seasoned of pitchers – just do not tell that to East Union sophomore Delaney Pamplin.