OAKDALE -The big-play bug once again sank its venomous teeth into Manteca in a heartbreaking 35-23 loss to undefeated Oakdale at The Corral Friday, but the Buffaloes nearly overcame it along with the loss of starting quarterback Matt Barber.
Sierra High came out flat but made every necessary adjustment in a 34-0 shutout over the visiting Ceres Bulldogs on Homecoming night.
East Union High football coach Mike James knew his team could ill afford to make any mistakes against the likes of Valley Oak League power Sonora.
CERES - The Weston Ranch Cougars were left in a state of shock following Friday night's 35-16 loss to host Central Valley at Bulldog Stadium.
OAKDALE – The emotions on display when Oakdale senior Elise Derby's return sailed out of bounds for the final point of the Valley Oak League doubles championship only told a portion of the story for Sierra High's Stephanie Vanni and Jena Anderson's unbelievable season.
Jose Montes' goal for Sierra's Valley Oak League match with district rival Lathrop was simple: No injuries, no cards.
CERES - East Union made Tuesday's Valley Oak League finale between rivals Central Valley and Ceres mean something.
RIPON - Tiger Shelton was concerned about a letdown, but his Ripon Christian Knights prevailed in four games (25-18, 25-13, 22-25, 25-14) over Hughson to keep their Sac-Joaquin Section Division V playoff hopes alive.
MODESTO - Ceres High's Alejandro rambled through the finish line well ahead of Sierra standout John Bowers to win the Valley Oak League Championships individual boys title at Legion Park Wednesday.
The playoffs have unofficially begun in the Valley Oak League.
RIPON-The Ripon Indians took the inside track on the Trans Valley League championship with a Jared Ratto goal in the game's 32nd minute, but Riverbank's own goal midway through the second half has left the Indians hoping for a miracle over the leagues' final day of action.
With the solid play of Modesty Rodriguez and Jaslynn Liotard serving as a springboard, the Sierra High volleyball team snatched three straight games from all-junior VOL newcomer Lathrop High.
CERES – The Manteca High sophomore volleyball team dropped the opening game and roared back for a 23-25, 26-24, 15-7 win over the Central Valley Hawks in Valley Oak league play.
RIPON - Ripon High's star middle blocker Ashley Robinson is sick. Outside hitter Coryn Hernandez has been out for nearly a month with a broken wrist. And promising freshman Nicole Kaiser is out with an ankle injury.
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.