The Valley Oak League season is still a ways away, but this weekend's tournament soccer provided some quality glimpses as to how the 2010 season will shape up. Sierra was dominant in its VOL preview victory over East Union, dropping the Lancers 3-0 in the Timberwolves Cup opener Saturday at Sierra High.
Manteca High would have obviously preferred to outlast its opponent in the 3rd Annual Buff Cup championship, but the Buffaloes will certainly accept a 6-4 win over Patterson for the tournament's consolation championship.
The first 20 minutes seemed to be scripting perfect for the Weston Ranch Cougars, but a colossal collapse to a quality Los Banos squad left the Cougars on the short-end of the pursuit for the 3rd Annual Buff Cup championship. Om a 4-1 loss Saturday.
In the first 10 minutes of Manteca High's 3rd Annual Buffalo Cup opener, the Buffaloes found themselves looking up at a 2-0 deficit to the Los Banos Tigers. The Buffaloes didn't flinch; battling back to tie things up, but a goal in the final two minutes forced Manteca to deal with a 3-2 loss to the Tigers Thursday at Manteca High.
The Weston Ranch Cougars jumped out on Ripon High with a quick first-half goal, but the Indians would claw back only to see their come-from-behind hopes sliced by the last of five penalty kicks in the Cougars' shootout win Thursday in the 3rd Annual Buffalo Cup opener.
STOCKTON – The fact that Weston Ranch only had three golfers didn't stop the four-time reigning Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV champions from posting some low numbers in their first outing of their year.
Sierra High had no sympathy for the relatively young Lathrop Spartan squad, rolling over the second-year varsity program with ease Thursday in a 15-0 victory.
Things didn't look promising for the Manteca High varsity girls Friday night when they found themselves down to match point against the Beyer Patriots with their best jump server up at the line.
If the Lathrop Spartans are able to win their season opener it would be the biggest victory in school history. If the Escalon Cougars come into Lathrop and fall to the Spartans it would ruin the perennial powerhouse's season in week one.
STOCKTON - The Sac-Joaquin Section overhauled its postseason format for football last season and has made a few minor tweaks for 2010.
The Manteca Buffaloes did not get the luxury of warming up to the Valley Oak League schedule, drawing a match against perennial league front-runner Oakdale and falling 9.5 to 5.5 Tuesday at home.
Patience and persistence paid off for Corey Navarro.
TRACY - The rebuilding has begun for Sierra's girls golf team under first-year head coach Jack Thomson.
LINDEN - It was a rather ho-hum official start to Ripon's volleyball season Tuesday.
RIPON - Keith Terpsma doesn't know what to expect this season when his Ripon Christian boys soccer team heads into Southern League play for the first time.
Lathrop's Keenan Donatelli pitched an outstanding game for six innings Wednesday against host East Union, but things fell apart in the seventh inning of the Valley Oak League contest at Agostini Field.
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.