For some of the athletes competing in the Valley Oak League Track and Field Championships Saturday at Sierra High, finishing with a league title would be nice, but continuing the season a little while longer was the real goal.
There was one thing that was overwhelmingly obvious during Sierra and East Union's Valley Oak League season-ending matchup Thursday, and that was the fact pitcher Zac Carrillo was not about to let his Lancer teammates lose.
In the game's opening minutes Manteca High's outfield ers were provided opportunities to make two miraculous catches, but both opportunities flew inches past outs and helped propel the visiting Oakdale Mustangs to a 12-1 Valley Oak League victory.
Manteca High doubles partners Alex Barragan and Xavier Lopez were the only local representatives to win a match in the first day of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-II Individual Boys Tennis Tournament at Johnson Ranch Racquet Club in Roseville Thursday.
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.
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.
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.