By JASON CAMPBELL
OAKDALE – Manteca High had an opportunity to pull in a piece of the first Valley Oak League championship in 25 years, but the Buffaloes were only able to come close in a 4-1 loss to the Oakdale Mustangs Tuesday.
RIPON – The Ripon Indians scored early and often, building a 6-0 lead after just three innings, on their way to an 11-4 Trans Valley League victory over Ripon Christian Monday.
CERES - Brock Swift pitched his second straight complete game, and the East Union High sophomore baseball team helped him out with a five-run third inning to beat Ceres 6-3 Tuesday.
RIPON - Ripon High's 7-0 girls soccer win over Ripon Christian may be routine for some, but there was significance behind Monday's Trans Valley League contest.
Cherie DeJesus had a day to remember, but she isn't forgetting about her one mistake.
LATHROP - Lathrop High's first-ever Valley Oak League varsity win nearly came at the expense of coach Randy Baltazar's former team.
MODESTO - For the first time in Trans Valley League dual-match play, Ripon High standout Andrew Bonner was not the medalist.
East Union High's sophomore softball team overcame an early 4-0 deficit to beat rival Manteca 11-9 at Northgate Softball Complex Monday.
FRESNO - Sierra High junior Alex Nuanez is used to facing wrestlers bigger and older than him, but he took the experience to another level this past weekend in the Greco Roman State Championships this past weekend at Selland Arena.
The Sierra High girls swimming team came just six points shy of taking the Valley Oak League Championship meet crown, falling to Oakdale High 132-126 in the eight-team league finale at Sierra High Saturday.
SONORA – An early drive to Sonora is never bad, when the return trip includes an 8-4 Valley Oak League win over the Wildcats. That was the case in East Union's league win over Sonora Saturday.
Manteca High pitcher and leadoff hitter Matt Barber made good on only half of his promise to coach Gene Ballardo Friday.
Jonathan Davis sheered a 5-0 Oakdale High lead to 5-2 with a towering home run down the right field line in the fourth inning, but the Mustangs would answer with three more and held Sierra quiet in an 8-2 Valley Oak League sweep Friday.
OAKDALE – Oakdale High standout Brianna Parker gave one of her more impressive showings of the season, outdueling Sierra starter Gabby Hawkins in a well-played 1-0 Valley Oak League win over the Timberwolves Friday at Oakdale High.
STOCKTON – The battle for second place Saturday at Stagg High School's Demolition Day Wrestling Tournament came down to the 285-pound bout between East Union's Michael Villanueva and Sierra's David Saenz. Villanueva got the pin to get the Lancers second place by a point and he was awarded the outstanding heavyweight wrestler award.
Mark Paule Jr. burst onto the scene with seven touchdowns in a season-opening victory at Ripon High, and then never let off the gas.
Ruby Daube stepped up big for East Union once again.
With its bigs slowed by foul trouble, Sierra looked to its guards to end its pre-league schedule on a high note Friday at Tokay.
On multiple occasions this past fall season, Dani Erdelatz and some of her Ripon Christian teammates acknowledged that the 2014 Knights lacked the star power of their predecessors.
STOCKTON – His name is Joseph Mayorca, but the Weston Ranch midfielder's grandmother calls him "Yo-Yo" and it's easy to see why.
TRACY - Jim Agostini burned his final timeout with 1:33 left in regulation, hoping to get his East Union girls basketball team one last breather.
STOCKTON - The Sierra High put together a total team effort to claim the Adidas Trojan Christmas Classic Tuesday at Lincoln High.
Ripon Christian defended its own court and tournament title with, well, hard-nosed defense.
TRACY - For a quarter-plus in Tuesday's Tracy Breakfast Lions/Tom Hawkins Tournament consolation-bracket final, Manteca showed how much it has improved since its season opener a little more than three weeks ago.
One awkward finish on Monday led to another on Tuesday at the Modesto Christian Holiday Hoops Classic.
Weston Ranch busted out of the halftime break with a 6-0 spurt and didn't look back in a 64-46 win over International in the West Coast Jamboree Coral Division consolation championship at Antioch's Deer Valley High School.
STOCKTON - Joshua Patton stood head and shoulders above the competition on Monday.
SALIDA - As far as measuring sticks go, the Chavez boys basketball team gave Weston Ranch very little to work with.
Mahir Pepic may never know just how good he can be.