SACRAMENTO – The Lathrop Spartans had their hands full with a Sacramento area powerhouse when they made the trip north for a 40-0 defeat at Christian Brothers High.
FOLSOM – Sierra High made the most of its trip to Folsom, leaving with three top-5 finishes in the 20-plus team Belle Vista Invitational at Willow Hills Course.
Marquis Miller had something to prove. So did quarterback Matt Barber and the rest of the Manteca Buffaloes. Manteca showed no ill effects from its loss to rival Sierra, taking it to previously undefeated Sonora early and often in a 37-13 shellacking Friday at Guss Schmiedt Field. Manteca (2-1 Valley Oak League, 4-2 overall) lost to heated rival Sierra 23-15 on Oct. 9. Miller had his worst varsity performance at running back, and Barber completed ...
It was a record day for Jarrod Daniels. Against visiting Central Valley on Friday, the Sierra High senior running back rushed for 291 yards, breaking Daniel Teicheira's school record of 277 for most yards in a game. Daniels' five touchdowns tied the mark set by Teicheira, who did it as a sophomore against Los Banos. But more importantly, the Timberwolves toppled the visiting Hawks, 49-20, remaining in a first-place tie with Oakdale in the Valley ...
Never has scheduling dealt a team such an evil hand when East Union had to roll out the welcome mats for two-time defending Valley Oak League champion Oakdale High in a 55-14 homecoming loss.
HUGHSON – The Ripon Indians are running full speed towards a Sac-Joaquin Section playoff spot.
CERES - Ceres High spoiled Weston Ranch's homecoming last year. The Cougars returned the favor Friday night, beating the Bulldogs 35-15 in a Valley Oak League varsity football showdown. "We wanted payback," Weston Ranch running back/linebacker Deon Eley said. The Cougars took a major step in the right direction as they improved to 3-3 on the year and 2-1 in the VOL. Weston Ranch was 2-8 and 1-6 last season. "All the critics picked us ...
Ripon's four-game loss to Escalon Thursday proved to have big playoff ramifications. "This will likely drop us from a top-two (seed) to fourth," Ripon coach Larry Keethe said after Thursday's contest. His hunch was right. The Sac-Joaquin Section released its midseason postseason power ratings Friday, revealing that Escalon is currently ranked third in Division IV with Ripon one spot behind the Cougars, though they have mirroring 1.33497 seeding ratings. The power ratings are used to ...
ESCALON - The streak is over. Escalon stunned defending Trans Valley League champion Ripon in four games (25-17, 19-25, 25-18, 25-21) Thursday, halting the Indians' regular-season win streak at 33. But the streak was an afterthought for Ripon coach Larry Keethe. Keethe is more concerned about his team's seeding in the midseason Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoff power ratings, which will be released early next week. Ripon (8-1, 26-8 overall) also missed out on a ...
A first half-goal from David Molina seemingly sparked a Weston Ranch revenge win, but the Buffaloes had other plans. Manteca outshot and outscored the Cougars over the final half salvaging a 1-1 tie in the Valley Oak League playoff showdown at Lincoln Park Thursday.
LATHROP - It has been a long time coming, but it's finally here for the Lathrop Spartans who pulled in their first Valley Oak League win, 4-3, against Sonora Thursday.
Jena Anderson and Stephanie Vanni did what was expected of them Thursday against Oakdale to remain the lone undefeated doubles team in the Valley Oak League.
The Manteca High golf team came through with a solid round, yet the squad still fell 11 strokes shy of upsetting the Valley Oak League's second-place team in a 252-263 loss.
RIPON - There are two sides to Ripon High senior Hart Yoshida. There's the gentle side that loves to smile and helps others do the same. Ripon football head coach Chris Johnson said, "He's kind of a class clown, but a real nice kid." On Friday nights, that smile fades into a scowl. Mr. Happy Go Lucky is suddenly temperamental and tenacious. The Indians, who are 4-1 going into their Trans Valley League opener at ...
Valley Oak League OAKDALE (2-0, 5-0) at EAST UNION (0-2, 2-3) • Kickoff: Friday, 7:15 p.m. • Last year: 35-0, Oakdale. • Key matchup: East Union OL vs. Oakdale DL Tim House and LB Charlie Gilstrap. Oakdale boasts the stiffest defense in the league having kept four of its five previous opponents to single digits going into Friday's contest against EU's revamped offense. The Lancers' linemen will key in on the Mustangs' two ...
Manteca High's boys and girls cross country teams have shown glimpses of what they can do at full strength this season.
STOCKTON - One stroke was what separated the East Union girls golf team from capturing the 2013 Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament title at Reserve at Spanos Park.
Victoria Gulley knows how to dominate from both ends of the volleyball court.
Second-half comebacks are nothing new to Ripon Christian's boys soccer team.
Slow and steady didn't win the race this time.
STOCKTON - Manteca had a chance to clinch a Sac-Joaquin Section playoff berth with a victory over Weston Ranch Thursday, but the Cougars had different plans on Senior Night.
East Union could have easily thrown in the towel against Manteca Thursday after losing two five-set heartbreakers earlier this week that likely ruined its shot at a Sac-Joaquin Section playoff berth and a top-three finish in league.
RIPON – Ripon needed either a tie or win in order to stay atop the Trans Valley League standings and in the hunt for the school's first-ever boys soccer title Wednesday.
The Manteca volleyball team bounced back from a first-set loss Wednesday to win against Sierra 23-25, 25-21, 27-25, 25-14, but the host Timberwolves did not make it easy.
Weston Ranch had it in it the bag.
STOCKTON - Converted forward Hector Maldonado was moved to the attack third because of his powerful and accurate striking ability, but it was his defensive instincts and hustle that helped Weston Ranch earn an important three points Tuesday.
The hangover effect from last week's loss in Oakdale led to a stunning loss for Sierra on Tuesday.
Sierra High will be represented in the Valley Oak Leagues Singles Tournament final for the fourth consecutive year.
It was a program-wide sweep for Ripon's volleyball team Tuesday night, which was capped by a 25-20, 25-18, 25-21 varsity win over visiting Hughson. The sophomore and freshman teams both won in two games.
By JONAMAR JACINTO