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.
Sierra's softball team is one game away from capturing the school's first-ever Valley Oak League championship after beating visiting rival Manteca High 9-3 on Tuesday.
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.
It was a bittersweet moment for ReAnna Schmitt.
Manteca High's string of shutouts ended Monday, and it came at the worst possible time.
Ripon High's boys golf team claimed its first championship since 2007 and did it with one of its top contributors sustaining an injury during the Trans-Valley League Tournament Monday at Trinitas Golf Club in Valley Springs.
Everything that needed to go right for the Sierra High girls swim team did, as the Timberwolves put together a quality Valley Oak League Championships performance to outlast the Oakdale Mustangs for the 2011 league title Saturday at East Union.
In a Valley Oak League meeting that has tremendous impact on the playoff picture, the East Union Lancers held off a stubborn Manteca High squad 8-7, using Brett Riley in relief to close out the game's final three outs Thursday at East Union.
Sierra High freshman hurler Allison Walljasper threw a no-hitter Friday against West in opening-round action of the NorCal Classic softball tournament.
The Sierra Timberwolves have a legitimate shot at closing out the season with one of the Valley Oak League's three postseason spots. The Timberwolves took the proper steps in claiming one of the berth with an 18-2 win over the Weston Ranch Cougars Friday.
The cross-town rivalry between Manteca and East Union might all be in the spirit of fun, but the Lancers showed Thursday that there is still a healthy dose of competition involved.
The fact that Alex Barragan and Xavier Lopez were handling their singles responsibility for the better part of the season did not effect them as tennis players as the pair teamed up for a perfect 4-0 run with the Valley Oak League doubles title Thursday in Sonora.
STOCKTON - Although Weston Ranch never led in Friday's 15-12 non-league loss to visiting Summerville, the Cougars bounced back to erase an eight-run deficit and then cut a six-run lead in half but could not erase it altogether.
East Union softball coach Brian Goulart called his three sophomore pitchers "heroes" after the Lancers held off defending Modesto Metro Conference champion Gregori 13-10 in its home opener Thursday at Northgate Softball Complex.
The Manteca baseball team knows how to turn things around.
Joshua Patton, Hunter Johnson and Devin Nunez graced the interview stage at Sleep Train Arena, the senior stalwarts each donning the signature blue cap reserved for a Sac-Joaquin Section champion.
Former Sierra High pitcher and U.S. national team member Allie Walljasper is making the "ol' college try" look far too easy.
Ripon overcame an early three-run deficit by scoring five in the fifth and held off visiting Hilmar 7-6 to complete the season sweep of the Yellow Jackets on Thursday.
RIPON - The season came to a halt Wednesday for the Ripon Christian girls as they fell to visiting San Domenico in the CIF Northern California Regional Championships.
Leah Manuleleua is settling in nicely as the Manteca High girls soccer team's new target forward.
The past three days have been an exercise of control and focus for Scott Thomason and his history-making Sierra High boys basketball team.
STOCKTON - Jaelen Ragsdale lingered around the bench, shuffling between handshakes, high-fives and hugs from appreciative Cougar fans.
PALO CEDRO - Manteca High and senior guard Marcus Montano came to play on Wednesday night and proved they belonged in the CIF NorCal Division III boys basketball tournament.
Lathrop softball pitcher Samantha Fonseca struck out four and doled out three hits in the Spartan's 16-2 shellacking of visiting Sonora in a nonleague contest Wednesday.
In four years, the Manteca High girls soccer program has raised more than $25,000 for the American Cancer Society and ill-stricken families in the community.
TRACY - East Union has speed and power up and down the lineup and a trio of capable sophomore pitchers backed by a reliable defense.
Zach Horwood RBI fielder's choice in the top of the sixth inning was all Ripon needed in its Trans-Valley League opener at Hilmar.