Everything appeared to be working so well for the Manteca Buffaloes through the first two innings of their matchup with visiting Ceres on Thursday.
RIPON - No one ever accused Daniel Cardoza of backing down from a challenge.
CERES - The sledding was surprisingly easy for Manteca in a 4-1 win at Ceres Thursday afternoon.
CERES - Manteca's boys and girls teams closed out the Valley Oak League's regular season with victories over host Central Valley Thursday.
Jimi Guibor racked up 16 saves Thursday afternoon at Guss Schmiedt Field, but that was the lone bright spot, as Manteca couldn't scratch out a goal in a scoreless tie with Central Valley.
RIPON – Escalon starter Kaitlyn Brooks took a perfect game into the seventh inning Thursday at Ripon Christian.
Sierra High clinched the Valley Oak League's frosh-soph girls soccer title outright with Thursday's 2-0 victory over Oakdale at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium, but the visiting Mustangs made them work for it.
The storylines were plentiful Wednesday at East Union High, where Sierra, Weston Ranch and the host Lancers gathered for the final Valley Oak League double-dual of the season.
OAKDALE - Cassie Waggy may have saved the game with her glove, and she decided it with her bat.
RIPON - The Ripon Indians collected their third straight Trans Valley League soccer championship Wednesday with a breezy 5-0 win over Modesto Christian.
RIPON - Coming into Wednesday's contest at Ripon High, both the Indians and Hughson had four Trans Valley League losses, two back of second-place Modesto Christian.
The 2009 Tony Horton Invitational may have been played at Manteca Park Golf Course and it may have been hosted by Manteca High, but by the end of the day, the City of Vacaville had taken center stage.
Trina Solario got her team back into it with a three-run single in the fourth, and she capped the come-from-behind surge with the deciding run in the sixth as Manteca snapped a four-game losing streak in the Valley Oak League with Wednesday's 7-5 win over Sonora.
Sierra High's frosh-soph boys and girls capped a dominant Valley Oak League season with undefeated records after blowing out Weston Ranch and host East Union in a double-dual meet Wednesday.
RIPON - After leading by just seven points at halftime Thursday, No. 5 Ripon Christian repeatedly drove to the basket and put up 29 third-quarter points on its way to a convincing 64-38 victory over 12th-seeded Buckingham Charter-Vacaville in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V boys basketball playoffs.
Ripon High's 15th-seeded boys basketball team went down playing up to the competition Wednesday when the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs tipped off.
By DAVE CAMPBELL
STOCKTON – Elisabeth Alexander sold the pump fake, lifting her defender into the air.
Manteca High head coach Dave Asuncion had opportunities to keep 6-foot-6 freshman Tydus Verhoeven off the varsity roster.
FOLSOM – Six of the eight area wrestlers who punched tickets to this weekend's Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament in Stockton all came up empty during the finals of their divisional tournaments on Saturday.
By JONAMAR JACINTO
Alex Garcia and Lucas Widmer are back in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV semifinals, where they will be joined by Manteca heavyweight Steven Martinez today at Vista del Lago High in Folsom.
Three area wrestlers will seek to redeem themselves in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Tournament today and Saturday after coming up short of titles in Los Banos last season.
Reactions were mixed among area coaches Wednesday when the Sac-Joaquin Section unveiled its postseason basketball brackets.
Allie Walljasper has yet to throw a pitch in 2014 for Sierra but the awards are pouring in anyway.
At the midway point in the season, things weren't unfolding as planned for the Lathrop boys basketball team and senior forward Eric Spencer.
LATHROP – Nathan McGrath waited near the locker room, clapping and serenading his players as they bounced down the hallway.
TRACY - Alexis Clark's reversal of fortune did not bode well for Weston Ranch.
STOCKTON – Chris Teevan took a lap around the track and paced all over the Weston Ranch campus while awaiting the final results of the Lathrop-Sierra game Tuesday night.