MODESTO – Ripon head coach Robert Mayfield couldn't recall the last time an Indians boys tennis player made it to a Trans Valley League Tournament championship or much less punched a ticket to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III Individual Tournament.
The Manteca Baseball Club's 12-and-under team – made up of players from Manteca, Tracy, Lodi and Escalon – will be headed to Cooperstown, N.Y. the week of June 7 to compete at the Cooperstown Dreams Park and American Youth Baseball Hall of Fame Invitational Tournament.
STOCKTON - After failing to do so as a singles player two years in a row, Mike Lopez finally has himself a Valley Oak League championship.
Lucas Vaughn had a mixture of pitches working Thursday afternoon, but his curve ball specifically had the Kimball lineup baffled.
Manteca may be a third-place postseason qualifier out of the Valley Oak League, but the Buffaloes may be one of the most dangerous teams going in.
Despite Sierra playing its third game in as many days Thursday, the Timberwolves showed no sign of fatigue heading into next week's season-ending series against Manteca that will determine the Valley Oak League champion.
Ripon is headed back to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V postseason tournament for a second straight season after picking up its ninth consecutive Trans Valley League victory Thursday.
Swinging for the fences didn't do the trick for East Union in its first-place battle with Oakdale at Northgate Softball Complex on Wednesday.
RIPON – Cynthia Van Vliet had a fair share of opportunities to put the ball in the net during Wednesday's Southern League finale against first-place Mariposa.
RIPON – All week long, the talk around the Ripon baseball facility had centered on Tanner Pruett's looping curve ball.
Manteca isn't completely eliminated from playoff contention yet, but its chances did take a hit after Wednesday's 10-4 Valley Oak League loss against Kimball.
The Sierra boys track and field team dominated Valley Oak League competition this year.
Dave Breitenbucher predicted fifth-place finishes in the Valley Oak League for his Sierra swim teams this year.
Isela Rivera missed on a back-post header, whiffed on a breakaway from the top of box and pushed a few other shots wide.
Sierra nearly blew its chance to qualify for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Tournament for the first time since 2010 Tuesday in the Valley Oak League Championships.
East Union's girls tennis team relied on its depth to upend visiting Kimball on Tuesday.
The Manteca High girls golf team overcame a strong effort form Oakdale's Dylanie Donahue in a 287-297 victory at Manteca Park Golf Course on Tuesday.
No other Manteca-area volleyball team had a busier pre-league schedule than East Union, a young squad that second-year head coach Rich Posz hopes gained some valuable experience in the last three weeks.
Sierra was playing its seventh game in as many days Monday.
Shannon Wesley led a balanced attack with nine kills, and Emily O'Brien anchored Ripon's defensive effort as the Indians coasted past visiting Sierra 25-16, 25-7, 25-15 in a nonleague match Monday.
No one drew a tougher assignment to start the Valley Oak League boys soccer season than Manteca.
McKenna Doyle became the third different low medalist of the season for Sierra in the team's fourth Valley Oak League match Monday.
The Valley Oak League uses a points-based system to determine its MVP.
Manteca registered its second 9-0 win of the week Thursday when it shut out visiting East Union in Valley Oak League action.
Francisco Cisneros summed up Weston Ranch's final nonleague match of the season in one word:
Los Banos checked into its nonleague match with visiting East Union holding a deceiving 4-6 record.
Jack Miller recently retired from Manteca High, where the History teacher spent more than 30 years as an assistant coach with the football team. Miller was a part of four Sac-Joaquin Section championship teams and was twice voted Best of Manteca's Best Local Coach. Now City of Manteca Hall of Famer pays close attention to his yards, his golf game and granddaughter.
The Manteca High boys soccer team took full advantage of its first practice in nearly a week.
Ripon Christian laughs last.
RIPON - The hole was just too deep for Ripon's volleyball team to climb out of.