The anticipated fireworks show started later than expected.
SONORA - Statement made.
RIPON - They were expecting one opponent.
East Union split a pair of duals to open up Valley Oak League action Wednesday night, collecting an impressive win over Central Valley, 51-28, before taking its lumps against the perennial powerhouse Oakdale, 69-12.
The Manteca High sophomore basketball team raced out to a 24-6 first-quarter lead Wednesday night at Winter Gym and never looked back, thumping Central Valley, 73-39.
Andy Vandergraft capitalized on his opportunity to redeem himself.
Sonora point guard Kelli Keefe wears No. 3 for good reason.
CERES - Undefeated East Union got its wake-up call early.
LINDEN - As much as Ripon junior Matt Ratto was struggling with his 3-point shot, the Linden Lions made sure that he wasn't the one to beat them during a closer-than-expected non-league contest Tuesday.
Lathrop High's first-year wrestling team split its junior varsity matches to open Valley Oak League action Tuesday, losing to Weston Ranch 55-22 before beating host Manteca, 78-6.
It took East Union seven minutes and 19 seconds to score its first field goal Tuesday night in a 47-30 win over Grace Davis at the Dalben Center.
It started a little over four years ago, the summer before Krysta Clark's freshman year at East Union.
The outmanned Sierra High sophomore boys basketball team was not outplayed in its 48-38 win over visiting Modesto Tuesday.
And with 6 minutes, 41 seconds left in the game, Christian Williams rested.
STOCKTON - Ryan Mackey has made it look easy, but he'll be the first to admit it hasn't been.
Sierra was playing its seventh game in as many days Monday.
Shannon Wesley led a balanced attack with nine kills, and Emily O'Brien anchored Ripon's defensive effort as the Indians coasted past visiting Sierra 25-16, 25-7, 25-15 in a nonleague match Monday.
No one drew a tougher assignment to start the Valley Oak League boys soccer season than Manteca.
McKenna Doyle became the third different low medalist of the season for Sierra in the team's fourth Valley Oak League match Monday.
The Valley Oak League uses a points-based system to determine its MVP.
Manteca registered its second 9-0 win of the week Thursday when it shut out visiting East Union in Valley Oak League action.
Francisco Cisneros summed up Weston Ranch's final nonleague match of the season in one word:
Los Banos checked into its nonleague match with visiting East Union holding a deceiving 4-6 record.
Jack Miller recently retired from Manteca High, where the History teacher spent more than 30 years as an assistant coach with the football team. Miller was a part of four Sac-Joaquin Section championship teams and was twice voted Best of Manteca's Best Local Coach. Now City of Manteca Hall of Famer pays close attention to his yards, his golf game and granddaughter.
The Manteca High boys soccer team took full advantage of its first practice in nearly a week.
Ripon Christian laughs last.
RIPON - The hole was just too deep for Ripon's volleyball team to climb out of.
East Union's grueling opening week of the season may have done it some good.
Sierra's girls golf team opened the Valley Oak League with a statement Tuesday at Dryden Park Golf Course in Modesto.
East Union's 8-1 victory, its first of the Valley Oak League season, looks one-sided at the surface, but visiting Lathrop made the Lancers work for it on Tuesday.