It may have seemed like just another Valley Oak League game for the Sonora Wildcats, but the Sierra Timberwolves made the trip to Sonora with purpose, mercy ruling the hosts 14-2 and clinching at least a half slice of the league championship.
The Valley Oak League season-ending series between intra-city rivals East Union and Sierra once again meant something for both clubs.
Manteca High's baseball team is one step closer to securing a Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV playoff berth after thumping host Weston Ranch 31-0 on Wednesday, and everybody was in on the action.
Rocio Lopez took her final time suiting up for the Manteca Buffaloes to heart, posting back-to-back second-half goals to help her Buffaloes beat the East Union Lancers 3-1 Wednesday in the Valley Oak League finale at Guss Schmeidt Field.
The Sierra Timberwolves have not seen a legitimate test over their final few Valley Oak League contests, yet that has not stopped the club from putting together solid outings, including a one-sided 7-1 victory over Weston Ranch to close out the regular season as the conference's runners-up.
With a Valley Oak League championship safely tucked away, the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II Team Tournament was supposed to be a gift to be enjoyed one time. Only now, the East Union Lancers have not only expierenced the postseason atmosphere, the club extended its season with a 5-4 win over Benicia High Tuesday in the second round.
Sierra's softball team is one game away from capturing the school's first-ever Valley Oak League championship after beating visiting rival Manteca High 9-3 on Tuesday.
Jillian Goulart took to the pitcher's circle in hopes of guiding the East Union Lancers to a victory on senior night, and Goulart was not disappointed, tossing a complete-game one-hitter in a 10-0 win over Weston Ranch Tuesday in Valley Oak League play.
East Union High's boys golf team claimed its fourth Valley Oak League championship in five seasons, and Drew Allen of Sierra made school history at the conference tournament Tuesday Greenhorn Creek Golf Resort in Angels Camp.
It was a bittersweet moment for ReAnna Schmitt.
Manteca High's string of shutouts ended Monday, and it came at the worst possible time.
Ripon High's boys golf team claimed its first championship since 2007 and did it with one of its top contributors sustaining an injury during the Trans-Valley League Tournament Monday at Trinitas Golf Club in Valley Springs.
Everything that needed to go right for the Sierra High girls swim team did, as the Timberwolves put together a quality Valley Oak League Championships performance to outlast the Oakdale Mustangs for the 2011 league title Saturday at East Union.
In a Valley Oak League meeting that has tremendous impact on the playoff picture, the East Union Lancers held off a stubborn Manteca High squad 8-7, using Brett Riley in relief to close out the game's final three outs Thursday at East Union.
Sierra High freshman hurler Allison Walljasper threw a no-hitter Friday against West in opening-round action of the NorCal Classic softball tournament.
All season, Manteca High boys tennis head coach Frank Fontana has praised the players on the lower end of the team ladder, and understandably so.
STOCKTON - Nick Sharp just missed making the cut Monday for next week's Nor-Cal Tournament at Corral de Tierra Country Club in Salinas.
It will be an all-Trans-Valley League showdown on Wednesday when Ripon welcomes back Escalon for a semifinal match in the Sac-Joaquin Section Coed Team Tennis playoffs.
Jake Menasco did all he could and then some.
RIPON - Ripon No. 3 batter Nick Price picked a good time to pick up a hit.
Kenny Wooten was not going to let a sore ankle slow him down.
Celina Cooper started her senior season with plenty of pop in her bat, but a pop in her knee is what ended it.
Yok Jing Ma and Mike Lopez's quest for a Sac-Joaquin Section Division II Tournament doubles title was a delayed for a day after the opening rounds rained out at Johnson Ranch Racquet Club in Roseville on Thursday.
Former Manteca High football standout Reggie Bell was among 11 rookie free agents signed by the Washington Redskins, the team announced Thursday.
Manteca will take on 10th seeded Ponderosa in the second round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III girls soccer playoffs.
Sometimes, missing a shot works out too.
RIPON - Having two starting defenders out would put most teams at a disadvantage.
RIPON - The baby bounded across the soccer field toward her father, stumbling over her steps but smiling the whole way.
The Manteca High baseball team has a long road ahead in its attempt at gaining a second straight Sac-Joaquin Section championship.
Sierra (16-5) will have to wait until next season to get another crack at its Valley Oak League rivals.