Everything that needed to go right for the Sierra High girls swim team did, as the Timberwolves put together a quality Valley Oak League Championships performance to outlast the Oakdale Mustangs for the 2011 league title Saturday at East Union.
In a Valley Oak League meeting that has tremendous impact on the playoff picture, the East Union Lancers held off a stubborn Manteca High squad 8-7, using Brett Riley in relief to close out the game's final three outs Thursday at East Union.
Sierra High freshman hurler Allison Walljasper threw a no-hitter Friday against West in opening-round action of the NorCal Classic softball tournament.
The Sierra Timberwolves have a legitimate shot at closing out the season with one of the Valley Oak League's three postseason spots. The Timberwolves took the proper steps in claiming one of the berth with an 18-2 win over the Weston Ranch Cougars Friday.
The cross-town rivalry between Manteca and East Union might all be in the spirit of fun, but the Lancers showed Thursday that there is still a healthy dose of competition involved.
The fact that Alex Barragan and Xavier Lopez were handling their singles responsibility for the better part of the season did not effect them as tennis players as the pair teamed up for a perfect 4-0 run with the Valley Oak League doubles title Thursday in Sonora.
Thanks to Jillian Goulart's complete game, the East Union Lancers were able to claw their way to a 5-2 victory over the Bear Creek Bruins Thursday afternoon during the NorCal Classic softball tournament in Tracy.
It didn't take Joanna Ortiz very long to give the Sierra Timberwolves the lead it would need to secure a road victory over the Sonora Wildcats Wednesday afternoon.
In baseball, a team has to score to win, and only one program was able to do that in Manteca's 1-0 Valley Oak League win over the East Union Lancers Wednesday.
With each Valley Oak League contest played, the importance continues to grow at season's end, and the Sierra Timberwolves did not waste an opportunity, holding off the Weston Ranch Cougars 12-5 Wednesday in VOL action.
The Manteca Buffaloes were a few innings from extending their postseason hopes a little further, but an error-filled fifth inning gave Kimball High all the ammunition it would need for a 7-5 Valley Oak League win over the Buffaloes Wednesday.
The Valley Oak League's singles tournament had a No. 1 seed expected to make it to Thursday's Championship match, and a No. 2 seed that shows he deserves the challenge. Sierra's Kevin Rausa handled his portion of the deal, earning a spot against league No. 1 seed Logan Staggs for the league crown.
For a moment, it seemed as if the Sonora Wildcats would decrease Sierra's chances at pulling in one of the three Valley Oak League playoff spots up for grabs during the stretch run. Only Dylan DeBrouwer had other plans, going the distance for the Timberwolves in a 7-4 win Tuesday.
Sierra High freshman hurler Allison Walljasper tossed a one-hitter Tuesday to lead her team past host Weston Ranch, 12-0.
It's a pivotal week for area schools in the Valley Oak League.
The Valley Oak League's top girls swim team was well represented in the Sac-Joaquin Section Girls Trials Thursday at Tokay High in Lodi.
STOCKTON - Jeremy Wager-Smith was just too much for Ripon Christian to handle on Thursday.
Arianna Cardenas hadn't scored in more than a month, and she was battling a freshman for minutes, but few have been better in big games.
CERES - A chance at making history turned into heartbreak for the Manteca High boys tennis team in the first-ever Sac-Joaquin Section Division III team final.
Natalia Duran got the last laugh Wednesday.
Ripon Christian is heading to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division VII championship game for a second straight year after upending fourth-seeded Vacaville Christian 4-1 on Wednesday.
Cindy Alvarez started on defense for a second straight game.
Ripon's softball team is hoping the fourth time is the charm against Hughson.
RIPON - Emily O'Brien and Alli Hickman's valiant effort came up short in the No. 2 girls doubles match, as Ripon lost to Trans-Valley League rival Escalon 5-4 in the Sac-Joaquin Section Coed Team Tennis semifinals Wednesday.
The Ripon High baseball team is hitting its stride at the right time.
SACRAMENTO - Second-seeded East Union came out swinging Tuesday against No. 15 American Canyon.
Frank Fontana joined in on a three-on-three drill, talking a little trash and sharing laughs in what was the final practice of the season for the 2015 Manteca High boys tennis team.
Four Manteca-area schools qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section girls soccer playoffs, and all four are a win away from playing for the blue banner.
SACRAMENTO - Christian Brothers put up three runs in the third inning and coasted to a 5-1 win over Manteca in opening-round action of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III softball playoffs Tuesday at the Sacramento Softball Complex, ending the season for the Buffaloes.
All season, Manteca High boys tennis head coach Frank Fontana has praised the players on the lower end of the team ladder, and understandably so.