East Union's playoff chances may very well hinge on a costly mistake from a Sonora player.
RIPON – Ripon Christian's girls went without a loss Tuesday afternoon at Ripon High, as the Knights knocked off the Indians, 5-2, in Trans Valley League tennis play.
With the sun beating down and all matches complete but one, East Union's Tyler Ward battled back from a 6-5 deficit in the second set to win the tiebreaker and go on to claim a thrilling 3-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-1 win over Chris Legaspi Tuesday at Weston Ranch.
CERES - How much has Manteca missed Rileigh Mankin?
OAKDALE - Logan Bruce led off the fourth inning with a leadoff home run, and it was off to the races for the Oakdale Mustangs.
RIPON - Fresh off its third-place finish in the Orestimba Tournament, Ripon Christian appears to be picking up steam heading down the final stretch of the Trans Valley League season with a 5-1 victory over Riverbank Tuesday.
Ceres only sent three golfers to Manteca Park Golf Course, but the Lancers didn't take the day off.
The bats were on and popping Tuesday in Lathrop as the Spartans sophomore softball team spanked Central Valley, 23-1.
TRACY - Manteca head softball coach Todd Hardcastle didn't think twice about helping out Nick Olmo and the Sierra High Timberwolves Saturday during the Nor-Cal Classic softball tournament held at the Tracy Sports Complex.
MERCED - The Manteca Freestyle Wrestling Club placed three grapplers Saturday at the Merced Tournament hosted by Golden Valley High.
TRACY - Weston Ranch's Angelysa Washington's blast from the past had Ripon head coach Robert Vernon thinking, "Here we go again."
The Sierra High girls swimming team won its seventh straight Valley Oak League meet Friday at Sonora High, 118-52, to claim at least a share of the league title for the third consecutive season.
RIPON - Kyle Wagner opened the scoring with a solo shot, and ended the game with a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh Friday at Ripon High, where the Indians completed a two-game, non-league sweep of Hilmar with a 3-2 win.
LOOMIS – Sierra's varsity girls finished second and the frosh-soph boys finished fourth overall in the team point standings Friday at the Del Oro Invitational, a promising sign heading toward the postseason as a number of big name track programs were on hand including Placer, Franklin of Elk Grove and host Del Oro.
It was a match that everyone expected to be ugly.
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."
Sierra just missed out on having another finalist in the Valley Oak League Singles Tournament.