Things were cruising along like the preface of a close Valley Oak League softball game and then Central Valley decided to get on the board with an inside-the-park homerun. That was seemingly the Hawks' first mistake, as Manteca High would answer with a seven-run third on its way to a 14-3 win over Central Valley.
CERES – The Ceres Bulldogs had an opportunity to pull into a three-way tie with East Union and Oakdale atop the Valley Oak League softball scene and they seized the moment, using two big innings to knock off the Lancers 5-2 Wednesday.
RIPON – The Ripon Indians didn't waste any time in announcing their presence Wednesday at Park View Elementary when Renae McFadden planted a Kallie Jacobs pass into the back of the Ripon Christian net in the game's sixth minute.
LATHROP – The Sierra Timberwolves took advantage of every Lathrop High mistake, using five first inning walks to lead to seven runs and an easy Valley Oak League victory Wednesday.
Because Central Valley didn't have enough participants to qualify, Sierra High had its match won Tuesday before a single club came out of their bag.
With two of the three groups lounging alongside the ninth green of Manteca Golf Course, one group strolled up the fairway not knowing its scores would ultimately decide the outcome of Tuesday's highly-anticipated Valley Oak League match between Sierra and East Union highs.
All Sierra High's baseball team could do Tuesday was tip its hat and look forward to the rematch.
CERES – Not even 36 straight innings of pitching during the NorCal Classic in Tracy could slow down Sierra softball ace Gabby Hawkins.
STOCKTON – The 4-0 beating that the Weston Ranch Cougars dealt to first-year varsity program Lathrop High School would have most coaches ecstatic.
CERES - Three goals inside of the first 30 minutes was enough to keep the Manteca girls soccer team atop the Valley Oak League standings after a 3-0 win against Ceres.
A long string of perfection came to a screeching halt for the Manteca Buffaloes, as they finally experienced defeat in a 4-1 loss to Ceres High Tuesday in Valley Oak League action.
Coming off two heartbreaking, one-run losses to rival Sierra last week, the Manteca High baseball team reversed its fortunes behind a stellar pitching performance from Matt Burrows in a 2-0 win over the dangerous Central Valley Hawks at home Tuesday.
PATTERSON - It was Ripon freshman Andrew Bonner and everybody else at the challenging Diablo Grande Golf and Country Club Tuesday.
The Manteca High frosh-soph soccer squad had little trouble disposing of the visiting Ceres Bulldogs, cruising to a relatively easy 6-0 win Tuesday in Valley Oak League play.
NEWMAN - Ripon Christian's baseball team wrapped up its dominating run through the Orestimba Tournament Saturday with a 12-1 victory over Turlock Christian for the title.
RIPON – After an explosive defensive Ripon Christian start left the visiting Orestimba Wildcats wearing roller-skates and its fleet-footed gunslinger struggling to breathe, the Southern League opener at Stouffer Field Friday night looked like an exercise in futility.
LATHROP - When the going got tough, Kristen Maestretti and the Sierra volleyball team got going Thursday in their Valley Oak League match at Lathrop.
East Union proved Thursday night that it can be a threat in the hunt for Sac-Joaquin Section playoff berths, dropping a well-contested four-game loss to visiting Kimball at Dalben Center.
Ripon High's boys water polo team is again short on numbers, and its top player has graduated after leading the program with his scoring prowess in its first four years of existence.
MARIPOSA - At 6-foot-5 with a super-stretch wingspan, Lukas Vermeulen cuts an imposing figure in the goal.
McKenna Doyle set the curve and the Sierra girls golf team followed suit in a 243-395 Valley Oak League victory over Weston Ranch.
Could a changing of the guard be in order in the Southern League?
STOCKTON - After a scoreless first half Weston Ranch hit two goals in a minute early in the second half and went on to a 3-1 Valley Oak League soccer win over visiting Lathrop.
East Union was 40 minutes away from securing a huge Valley Oak League victory on the road Wednesday against Oakdale.
Ripon ended its nonleague schedule strong, as it crushed visiting Tokay of Lodi 25-22, 25-14, 25-15 on Wednesday.
Brooke Riley carded a 1-under 36 on Manteca Park Golf Course's front nine to anchor East Union's tightly-contested 251-256 victory over visiting Kimball on Wednesday.
STOCKTON – One suffered a flat last week, stalling out in Modesto. The other has taken a while to warm up.
STOCKTON - There are close volleyball matches and then there was the Valley Oak League duel between visiting Manteca and Weston Ranch.
Manteca's girls tennis team ended the first round of Valley Oak League play with a pivotal 5-4 win at Oakdale despite missing two regular doubles players Tuesday.
Lathrop threatened to force a fifth set but came up short against visiting East Union, which prevailed 25-15, 25-22, 13-25, 25-21 for its first Valley Oak League victory of the season.