There was little doubt in the minds of everybody else in attendance at Northgate Softball Complex Wednesday, but Nycole Teeple admittedly had hers.
Both the Manteca and Sierra softball teams looked on top of their games Wednesday at Sierra High where the host Timberwolves prevailed 4-0.
Sierra's defending Valley Oak League champion girls team was coming off a heartbreaking loss to Oakdale. The boys, meanwhile, simply couldn't match the Mustangs' depth and all-around talent.
RIPON – Josh Richter led the way for the Indians Wednesday in a 218-238 loss to Escalon, shooting a 41 at Oakdale Country Club.
The Manteca High sophomore softball team won its fifth straight Valley Oak League contest Wednesday, a 7-4 road win over Sierra.
MODESTO - Modesto Junior College hosted its annual Modesto Invitational Saturday and track athletes from Weston Ranch, Manteca and East Union were on hand to compete.
Walk, bunt and let the big boppers bop. It was textbook softball, and that's what it took for East Union to down rival host Sierra 2-0 on Friday, capping a pivotal three-game, Valley Oak League stretch for both clubs. East Union leadoff hitter Kourtni McCall ignited the deciding sixth-inning rally with a full-count walk, and Jillian Goulart dropped a perfect sacrifice bunt three pitches later. Cassie Waggy took the next offering and thumped it to ...
The offense was as impressive as the defense was sloppy for both sides Friday afternoon in an 18-8 Buffaloes win over Weston Ranch at Manteca High.
It was just another day, another victory for Sierra High's reigning Valley Oak League champion girls team.
RIVERBANK - Ripon senior hurler Michael Conway needed just 62 pitches to finish off a complete-game, one-hitter Friday afternoon in a 4-0 win at Riverbank.
Kelsey Emmerson was at her best with the bases loaded. The East Union slugger cleared the bases with a double in the third to give the Squires a lead they did not relinquish in their 8-5 sophomore softball victory at Sierra Friday. Emmerson also had a two-run, bases-loaded single in the fifth to extend East Union's lead to 6-2. She finished with five RBIs to high-light a 3-for-4 effort. Jessica Lavoie was also 3 for ...
Oakdale capitalized on its opportunities, and East Union didn't. East Union stranded 10 runners and made two costly errors in a 3-1 loss under the lights of Northgate Softball Complex Friday. Oakdale (2-0 Valley Oak League, 8-1-1 overall) got the defending champion's attention early with Marissa Toy's leadoff double, and she advanced two bases to score on a throwing error after a steal attempt. The Mustangs plated their final run in the seventh after a ...
RIPON - What went up went down fast for Ripon. After running across a season-high 14 runs against rival Ripon Christian, the Indians' bats went silent in their 4-2 loss to reigning Trans Valley League champion Hughson Friday. "We weren't real patient at the plate today," Ripon coach Mark Whelan said. "Their pitcher (Jason Meyer) just kept us off balance and got us to chase pitches. "He was pretty erratic in the beginning but we ...
After Gabby Hawkins allowed just four hits in a 1-0 loss to Ceres Friday afternoon at Sierra High, Timberwolves head coach Nick Olmo called the Bulldogs the Valley Oak League team to beat.
So far, so good for East Union. The boys and girls teams improved to 2-0 in the Valley Oak League with easy 94-43 and 120-48 victories, respectively, over visiting Central Valley Friday. "Our individual times are improving each week across the board," coach Chris Johnson said. "The majority of our swimmers had personal best times today, so they are progressing nicely and are right where we want them." Jeff Claire and Ben Alfter once again ...
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.
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PATTERSON - All Brooke Riley and Jordan Vinson could think about was the shots they missed.
The road to the playoffs got a little longer for the East Union volleyball team Monday night, and the Lancers have Kimball's Samantha Sanders to thank for it.
RIPON - Ripon Christian finally met its match in the Southern League, and its impressive run of conference victories nearly met its end Monday night against pesky Turlock Christian.
There will be no more practice this season for the Ripon High freshman football team, because there is nobody left to beat.