RIPON - From the defensive endline to the midfield stripe, Ripon High played near flawless soccer during a key Trans Valley League match against Escalon at Mistlin Sports Complex.
Manteca High was taking the better shots, but the host Sierra Timberwolves was making theirs.
East Union High's soccer team was on solid ground as the Valley Oak League's first-place team going into the week.
East Union head coach Eryn Bowers was in disbelief as her Lancers blew an early two games to none lead over Manteca High, needing a come-from-behind fifth game thriller to sneak away from Manteca High with a 3-2 win Tuesday in Valley Oak League action.
Very little has changed throughout an illustrious Valley Oak League run for the Weston Ranch Cougars, and the theme continued in a 5-0 VOL win over the Manteca Buffaloes Tuesday at Weston Ranch.
Members of the Southern League likely have no clue what has hit them since the Ripon Christian Knights showed up on the scene playing unbeatable volleyball, and the group continued to roll in a one-sided victory over the Waterford Wildcats Tuesday.
The struggles for Ripon Christian's soccer program continued, as the Knights were stopped 3-0 by Waterford High Tuesday in Sothern League soccer Tuesday.
When it was all said and done, the Sierra Timberwolves realized that they could play with visiting East Union, but that fact did not amount to any wins as the Lancers swept in Valley Oak League action Wednesday.
East Union High's Jordan Kron made a splash last year as a freshman athlete making big contributions for the school's varsity basketball and baseball teams.
The Valley Oak League's top girls golf team appears to be getting better.
Weston Ranch High has its first-ever Valley Oak League championship girls tennis team after the Cougars defeated Kimball 4-1at home Thursday.
Ripon High had the shots, but the only ones that matter are the ones that go in.
Co-head coach Brian Goulart was anxious to see how his East Union High girls golf team would perform in Wednesday's Sierra Invitational - the Lancers' first and last 18-hole event of the season before the Valley Oak League Championships.
The Manteca Buffaloes wanted to come out aggressively and that is exactly what the squad did in a 3-0 Valley Oak League win over Kimball High Wednesday.
Things went according to plan for the Ripon Indians Wednesday in their Trans Valley League match with Riverbank High, as they stopped the Bruins with relative ease in a 25-13, 25-12 and 25-12 win at Ripon High.
Ripon Christian got back on track Tuesday with a 4-1 win at Waterford.
LATHROP - East Union was relentless in the attacking third during the first half, pressuring the Lathrop defense into mistakes with precision passing and outstanding individual play.
Missed opportunities and defensive breakdowns kept Sierra from gaining at least a point in the Valley Oak League standings Monday.
Ripon High's girls golf team placed second among North Division teams in the Valley Foothill League Mid-Year Tournament, which was held Monday at Micke Grove Golf Course in Lodi.
Alyssa Burch and the rest of the Manteca High volleyball team couldn't mask their excitement after notching the clinching point.
Escalon had a score to settle with Ripon on Thursday as the two met in a showdown of undefeated teams in the Valley Foothill League's North Division.
Travis Vander Molen found the back of the net twice as the Ripon Christian boys soccer team nearly erased a three-goal deficit in a 5-3 loss to visiting Delhi on Thursday.
The Weston Ranch girls tennis team played its most competitive match of the season in a 5-4 loss to East Union on Thursday.
It was a three-person race for low-medalist honors at Manteca Park Golf Course on Wednesday, where cross-town opponents Manteca and Sierra met for a pivotal Valley Oak League dual match.
Ripon dominated visiting Lodi in a three-game sweep (25-10, 25-14, 25-17) Wednesday.
The Manteca High girls cross country team has some work to do if it wants to keep its spot on the Valley Oak League throne.
RIPON - Despite an aggressive first half, Ripon Christian found itself down by a goal at halftime against visiting Le Grand, the defending Southern League champion.
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.