What started out to be a nip-and-tuck pitchers' duel got out of hand early at Manteca High's varsity baseball diamond Tuesday.
WESTON RANCH - Alexandra Alvarado didn't get to start the game, but she got to finish it.
Sierra High's girls soccer team kicked off the first of a brutal three-game stretch this week with Monday's 8-0 blowout of visiting Sonora.
RIPON - For a half, Ripon Christian's girls soccer team gave reigning Trans Valley League champion Ripon all it could handle at Park View Elementary Monday.
Sierra High's baseball team did all of its damage early and rode the arms of three pitchers the rest of the way in its 3-1 non-league win over visiting Stagg of Stockton Monday.
WESTON RANCH - Lathrop High's sophomore team needed just the 11 runs it racked up in the first inning, but the hits kept on coming in the Spartans' 30-0 shellacking of Weston Ranch in Monday's Valley Oak League opener.
TURLOCK – Over 40 teams showed up for the Al Brenda Athletic Club Invitational in Warrior Stadium on the California State University at Stanislaus campus, but Sierra High was one squad that did more than show up, winning the girls title and taking third in the boys competition.
CLOVIS – After a dominating showing from Jackie Ketner in East Union's nightcap against Clovis High, the long drive south seemed worth the trip after the Lancers salvaged a split with a 4-0 win over the Clovis Cougars Saturday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Afure Jemerigbe had 14 points and nine steals as St. Mary's of Stockton clinched the Division III girls NorCal championship at Arco Arena with a 70-45 win over Sacramento Saturday.
Five area standouts will try to re-establish the North's dominance in this year's Lions All-Star Football Classic.
RIPON – Robbie De Vries took the mound in Ripon Christian's home opener and provided a masterful performance, going five innings and holding Hughson to one hit in a 4-1 Trans Valley League win Friday.
East Union High's boys and girls swim teams had a solid day in the pool Friday, defeating visiting Patterson and Ripon in a three-team dual.
RIPON - The boys singles showdown between Landon Tillema against Chris Kem had little effect on the team outcome, but it was the most tightly-contested match when Ripon Christian visited neighboring Ripon for a Trans Valley League meeting Friday.
RIPON - That was more like it.
STOCKTON – With a scheduling conflict that had Weston Ranch hosting Ceres High during the Bulldogs' spring break, the teams pushed up the date, but only Weston Ranch was ready to play in a 1-0 win Friday.
Ripon Christian secured the outright claim to the Southern League championship with Tuesday's 2-0 victory at Denair.
Vista del Lago and Christian Brothers players took turns taking pictures with their prizes on the 18th green at Manteca Park Golf Course.
Ripon had two golfers finish in the top 10 in Monday's Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Tournament held at Micke Grove Golf Links, but both played their final round of the season.
It all comes down to Wednesday's winner-take-all Valley Oak League finale between cross-town foes Manteca and East Union.
Sealy McAdams and Elizabeth Tolbert's last two matches in Thursday's Valley Oak League Doubles Tournament held at East Union had entirely different endings.
Alyssa Burch hosted another block party at Manteca High's Winter Gym on Thursday.
Orestimba scored the first and final goals, but Ripon Christian did more than enough damage in between to leave Newman with a 5-2 victory and at least a share of the Southern League championship.
Injury-hampered Ripon gave up two second-half goals by Ulises Ramirez on set pieces and are now in danger of not repeating as league champions no thanks to Thursday's 2-0 loss at Escalon.
Gerardo Romero scored two goals and assisted another in East Union's 4-1 triumph at Sierra on Wednesday.
Weston Ranch's coronation looked as if it was going to be delayed.
Manteca had two game-point opportunities in an attempt to force a fifth set against visiting Weston Ranch but came up short in a 20-25, 25-27, 25-16, 30-32 defeat Wednesday.
East Union won the Valley Oak League title and Brooke Riley is the MVP.
Tuesday's Trans-Valley League rematch against Ripon was sure to have been circled on Riverbank's calendar.
TRACY - The road to the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs just got a little longer for the East Union volleyball team.
Kevin Bolding summed up Manteca's trip to Oakdale as a "tough night."