While most other Valley Oak League teams are two matches into the season, Manteca High's girls squad began its title defense on Monday with a 9-0 sweep of visiting Weston Ranch.
Sierra shook off a rusty start and ran the table to beat host Grace Davis of Modesto in four games (12-25, 25-22, 25-22, 25-19) Monday. It was the season opener for the Timberwolves.
Manteca High's boys soccer team remains undefeated in nonleague play after edging past Tokay 2-1 in Lodi on Monday.
Postseason hopeful Sierra picked up its first win Monday at Manteca Park Golf Course after beginning the Valley Oak League season with two losses against the top squads.
Anna Cardenas represented the Sierra High tennis team well at the Freedom Invitational in Oakley on Friday and Saturday, placing fifth in the 32-draw, double-elimination tournament.
RIPON - Ripon and Ripon Christian will have to wait for Tuesday's nonleague contest to resume its rivalry.
DeleteIt took Manteca a half to get going but the Buffaloes came to life in the second half of the Buffalo Cup championship game.
Riverbank's girls cross country team ran a solid race during Wednesday's opening Trans Valley League meet at Modesto's Tuolumne Regional Park.
MODESTO – Lenny Lial took one look at the Gustine bench, teeming with fresh legs, and thought the worst.
RIPON - Adrienne Uecker hoped that Tuesday's Foundation Game victory over rival Ripon Christian would be the boost her Ripon High volleyball team needed to realize its potential.
Weston Ranch proved a point during Thursday's opening round of the 6th Annual Buffalo Cup Tournament.
East Union's girls golf team wasn't particularly sharp in its third Valley Oak League match in three days Thursday at Manteca Park Golf Course, but it didn't need to be to stay undefeated.
East Union made it a quick visit to Lathrop Thursday, as it rolled to an 8-1 win and improved to 2-0 in the Valley Oak League.
Beth Aschenbrenner shined for Manteca during Thursday's 3-0 preseason victory over Stagg in Stockton (25-15, 25-13, 25-17).
The Sierra soccer team improved to 3-2-1 following a 5-3 non-league victory over visiting Downey at Daniel Teicheira Stadium Thursday.
Second-half comebacks are nothing new to Ripon Christian's boys soccer team.
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.
By JONAMAR JACINTO
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.