Things were cruising along like the preface of a close Valley Oak League softball game and then Central Valley decided to get on the board with an inside-the-park homerun. That was seemingly the Hawks' first mistake, as Manteca High would answer with a seven-run third on its way to a 14-3 win over Central Valley.
CERES – The Ceres Bulldogs had an opportunity to pull into a three-way tie with East Union and Oakdale atop the Valley Oak League softball scene and they seized the moment, using two big innings to knock off the Lancers 5-2 Wednesday.
RIPON – The Ripon Indians didn't waste any time in announcing their presence Wednesday at Park View Elementary when Renae McFadden planted a Kallie Jacobs pass into the back of the Ripon Christian net in the game's sixth minute.
LATHROP – The Sierra Timberwolves took advantage of every Lathrop High mistake, using five first inning walks to lead to seven runs and an easy Valley Oak League victory Wednesday.
Because Central Valley didn't have enough participants to qualify, Sierra High had its match won Tuesday before a single club came out of their bag.
With two of the three groups lounging alongside the ninth green of Manteca Golf Course, one group strolled up the fairway not knowing its scores would ultimately decide the outcome of Tuesday's highly-anticipated Valley Oak League match between Sierra and East Union highs.
All Sierra High's baseball team could do Tuesday was tip its hat and look forward to the rematch.
CERES – Not even 36 straight innings of pitching during the NorCal Classic in Tracy could slow down Sierra softball ace Gabby Hawkins.
STOCKTON – The 4-0 beating that the Weston Ranch Cougars dealt to first-year varsity program Lathrop High School would have most coaches ecstatic.
CERES - Three goals inside of the first 30 minutes was enough to keep the Manteca girls soccer team atop the Valley Oak League standings after a 3-0 win against Ceres.
A long string of perfection came to a screeching halt for the Manteca Buffaloes, as they finally experienced defeat in a 4-1 loss to Ceres High Tuesday in Valley Oak League action.
Coming off two heartbreaking, one-run losses to rival Sierra last week, the Manteca High baseball team reversed its fortunes behind a stellar pitching performance from Matt Burrows in a 2-0 win over the dangerous Central Valley Hawks at home Tuesday.
PATTERSON - It was Ripon freshman Andrew Bonner and everybody else at the challenging Diablo Grande Golf and Country Club Tuesday.
The Manteca High frosh-soph soccer squad had little trouble disposing of the visiting Ceres Bulldogs, cruising to a relatively easy 6-0 win Tuesday in Valley Oak League play.
NEWMAN - Ripon Christian's baseball team wrapped up its dominating run through the Orestimba Tournament Saturday with a 12-1 victory over Turlock Christian for the title.
East Union was 40 minutes away from securing a huge Valley Oak League victory on the road Wednesday against Oakdale.
Ripon ended its nonleague schedule strong, as it crushed visiting Tokay of Lodi 25-22, 25-14, 25-15 on Wednesday.
Brooke Riley carded a 1-under 36 on Manteca Park Golf Course's front nine to anchor East Union's tightly-contested 251-256 victory over visiting Kimball on Wednesday.
STOCKTON – One suffered a flat last week, stalling out in Modesto. The other has taken a while to warm up.
STOCKTON - There are close volleyball matches and then there was the Valley Oak League duel between visiting Manteca and Weston Ranch.
Manteca's girls tennis team ended the first round of Valley Oak League play with a pivotal 5-4 win at Oakdale despite missing two regular doubles players Tuesday.
Lathrop threatened to force a fifth set but came up short against visiting East Union, which prevailed 25-15, 25-22, 13-25, 25-21 for its first Valley Oak League victory of the season.
McKenna Doyle posted her best score of the season Tuesday at Manteca Park Golf Course and was low medalist in Sierra's 258-287 victory over Oakdale.
Ripon Christian got back on track Tuesday with a 4-1 win at Waterford.
LATHROP - East Union was relentless in the attacking third during the first half, pressuring the Lathrop defense into mistakes with precision passing and outstanding individual play.
Missed opportunities and defensive breakdowns kept Sierra from gaining at least a point in the Valley Oak League standings Monday.
Ripon High's girls golf team placed second among North Division teams in the Valley Foothill League Mid-Year Tournament, which was held Monday at Micke Grove Golf Course in Lodi.
Alyssa Burch and the rest of the Manteca High volleyball team couldn't mask their excitement after notching the clinching point.
Escalon had a score to settle with Ripon on Thursday as the two met in a showdown of undefeated teams in the Valley Foothill League's North Division.
Travis Vander Molen found the back of the net twice as the Ripon Christian boys soccer team nearly erased a three-goal deficit in a 5-3 loss to visiting Delhi on Thursday.