RIPON - Ripon nearly went from clinching a share of the Trans-Valley League championship to missing the postseason entirely in a one-week span.
Manteca High's Lucas Vaughn was three outs away from pitching a perfect game in Tuesday's Valley Oak League finale at Sierra.
Kimball scored the go-ahead and insurance runs on an error in the top of the fifth inning, as the Jaguars spoiled East Union's senior day with a 4-2 victory Tuesday.
With the season hanging in the balance, Frank Fontana and the Manteca High tennis team looked to two of its newest players for the pivotal point.
East Union had waited five years to celebrate a Valley Oak League championship, so what was another 30 minutes?
Manteca Park Golf Course was not kind to some of its most frequent patrons Monday.
Ripon High beat out Calaveras on a team playoff hole to capture a second straight Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Tournament championship Monday at Marysville's Peach Tree Golf & Country Club.
Dakota Conners' first error in Valley Oak League play nearly cost Sierra High.
Manteca resident Jessica Burdge completed a stellar junior campaign with the Wagner College women's water polo team this past Saturday, when the Seahawks dropped an 11-6 decision to 12th-ranked Indiana in the NCAA Tournament play-in game.
East Union has a shot at wrapping up its season on a four-game winning streak and with a .500 record in the Valley Oak League following Monday's 6-4 win at Kimball.
Ripon High's coed tennis team had its way with Forest Lake Christian on Monday, blanking the Sierra Delta League champion in Auburn, 9-0.
Jordan Fontanilla and Natalie Griffin stood a little taller than their peers on Saturday afternoon.
A Valley Oak League record almost a decade and a half old was broken and another 1994 mark was almost shattered at Saturday's VOL Swimming Championships as the Ripon boys and girls teams each finished second and claimed nine of the 22 first places.
Bryce Coutrakis finished what he started on Friday by defeating Escalon's Ashton Redberg to capture the Trans Valley League Singles Tournament championship Saturday at the Modesto's SOS Club.
LATHROP - When the going got tough, Kristen Maestretti and the Sierra volleyball team got going Thursday in their Valley Oak League match at Lathrop.
East Union proved Thursday night that it can be a threat in the hunt for Sac-Joaquin Section playoff berths, dropping a well-contested four-game loss to visiting Kimball at Dalben Center.
Ripon High's boys water polo team is again short on numbers, and its top player has graduated after leading the program with his scoring prowess in its first four years of existence.
MARIPOSA - At 6-foot-5 with a super-stretch wingspan, Lukas Vermeulen cuts an imposing figure in the goal.
McKenna Doyle set the curve and the Sierra girls golf team followed suit in a 243-395 Valley Oak League victory over Weston Ranch.
Could a changing of the guard be in order in the Southern League?
STOCKTON - After a scoreless first half Weston Ranch hit two goals in a minute early in the second half and went on to a 3-1 Valley Oak League soccer win over visiting Lathrop.
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.