Everything appeared to be in place for the East Union Lancers as they traded shots with the visiting Sonora Wildcats Wednesday night at Dalben Center.
WESTON RANCH – The Valley Oak League wrestling season is off and running and the Weston Ranch Cougars have opened it with high expectations and higher production with a pair of convincing wins over visiting Central Valley and Manteca highs Wednesday.
CERES – Sierra High knows they are flying under the radar, but that doesn't mean the Timberwolves are not flying high after their 67-52 win over the Ceres Bulldogs keeps Sierra atop of the Valley Oak League standings after Wednesday's contests.
OAKDALE – The Sierra Timberwolves knew they were fighting an uphill battle, but they had no idea their Valley Oak League opener would end with a 51-21 and a 64-9 loss to Ceres and Oakdale highs Wednesday.
CERES – Sierra High trailed the Ceres Bulldogs by four heading into the intermission, but a blistering hot third quarter provided the Timberwolves with all the separation they would need in their 59-53 win over the host Bulldogs.
Manteca High's defending Valley Oak League champion boys basketball team began its title defense against visiting Oakdale Tuesday and had little trouble in dispatching the overmatched Mustangs, 55-42.
If there was a perfect way for the three-time defending Valley Oak League champions to tip off their regular season, the Ceres Bulldogs would likely say they witnessed that performance in the East Union Lancers' 52-29 win.
RIPON - Despite holding a five-point lead at halftime, Ripon High watched its lead over Linden dwindle down to a single point midway through the third quarter.
It was not the Sierra Timberwolves' best effort, but it was good enough to push them to a 1-0 mark in Valley Oak League play with a 47-36 home win over the Sonora Wildcats.
OAKDALE - The Manteca Buffaloes held a slim 24-17 halftime lead and never relinquished it during a 45-34 Valley Oak League opening win over the Oakdale Mustangs Tuesday.
Joseph Berry led three scorers in double figures with 14 points, and the Sierra High sophomore boys basketball team repelled the relentless Sonora Wildcats for a 48-47 home win to open the Valley Oak League season.
Manteca High junior Kiwi Gardner could miss a handful of games or forfeit the rest of his athletic eligibility depending on Sac-Joaquin Section sanctions. He will likely not play in tonight's Valley Oak League opener with visiting Oakdale.
Manteca High's boys basketball team opens Valley Oak League play tonight against visiting Oakdale with a pedestrian 7-4 preseason mark, but do not be deceived into believing the Buffaloes are an average squad.
Entering a season with at least a portion of the past three Valley Oak League championships, and four of the past five, would usually make the defending champs the odds-on-favorite to close the season with another one. But the dominance the East Union Lancers have held over their VOL counterparts will hold little merit as the league season gets underway Tuesday for the nine VOL girls basketball programs.
RIPON - The Ripon High enjoyed near-perfect baseball conditions on Wednesday.
The Sierra High boys and girls swim teams improved to 2-0 in the Valley Oak League on Tuesday after topping crosstown rival East Union. The boys won 95-74, while the girls triumphed handily, 114-55.
Sydnee Canales and Leah Manuleleua bumped and banged, pushed and shoved, jostling for every ball that traveled through the middle of the field.
Matt Rose edged out Justin Morrish by a stroke for low-medalist honors, but the team scores weren't as close.
By JONAMAR JACINTO
Defending champion Kimball proved to be the team to beat once again in the Valley Oak League on Tuesday, but the gap between the Jaguars and the rest of the field doesn't appear to be as wide as it was in 2013.
Danelle (Liles) Bishop's coaching career reached new heights Tuesday when she led the Cal Poly Pomona women's basketball team to an 81-61 win over Edinboro of Edinboro, Pa. in front of a partisan crowd at Erie Insurance Arena in Erie, Pa.
USC-bound Bryce Dyrda proved to be too much for East Union on Tuesday as he no-hit the Lancers through five innings in a mercy-rule-shortened game won by Oakdale 13-0 win in Valley Oak League action at Agostini Field.
TRACY - Failing to execute the little things loomed large Monday in Lathrop's Valley Oak League opener against host Kimball at West High.
Two three-year varsity players from Ripon High's girls basketball team were named to the All-Trans Valley League team.
It wasn't a matter of if but when Ripon Christian was going to bust loose against winless Turlock Christian in a Southern League match Monday.
Manteca High athletic director Dave Smith announced last Friday that the school's varsity boys and girls basketball coaches have stepped down.
East Union's Cherish Burks hit the fifth pitch of the game over Manteca's left-field fence for a leadoff home run, setting the tone for a 12-1 Valley Oak League victory on Friday.
Scott Tolman broke a school record and turned in two Sac-Joaquin Section-qualifying times for the frosh-soph trials to help Sierra's boys edge host Manteca 88-84 in Friday's Valley Oak League opener for both rival schools.
One sweet goal from Jessica Carmona and a pivotal save on a penalty kick by Samantha Brooks were two big plays that lifted Ripon past host Riverbank 3-0 in a Trans-Valley League girls soccer win Friday.