East Union High football coach Mike James knew his team could ill afford to make any mistakes against the likes of Valley Oak League power Sonora.
CERES - The Weston Ranch Cougars were left in a state of shock following Friday night's 35-16 loss to host Central Valley at Bulldog Stadium.
OAKDALE – The emotions on display when Oakdale senior Elise Derby's return sailed out of bounds for the final point of the Valley Oak League doubles championship only told a portion of the story for Sierra High's Stephanie Vanni and Jena Anderson's unbelievable season.
Jose Montes' goal for Sierra's Valley Oak League match with district rival Lathrop was simple: No injuries, no cards.
CERES - East Union made Tuesday's Valley Oak League finale between rivals Central Valley and Ceres mean something.
RIPON - Tiger Shelton was concerned about a letdown, but his Ripon Christian Knights prevailed in four games (25-18, 25-13, 22-25, 25-14) over Hughson to keep their Sac-Joaquin Section Division V playoff hopes alive.
MODESTO - Ceres High's Alejandro rambled through the finish line well ahead of Sierra standout John Bowers to win the Valley Oak League Championships individual boys title at Legion Park Wednesday.
The playoffs have unofficially begun in the Valley Oak League.
RIPON-The Ripon Indians took the inside track on the Trans Valley League championship with a Jared Ratto goal in the game's 32nd minute, but Riverbank's own goal midway through the second half has left the Indians hoping for a miracle over the leagues' final day of action.
With the solid play of Modesty Rodriguez and Jaslynn Liotard serving as a springboard, the Sierra High volleyball team snatched three straight games from all-junior VOL newcomer Lathrop High.
CERES – The Manteca High sophomore volleyball team dropped the opening game and roared back for a 23-25, 26-24, 15-7 win over the Central Valley Hawks in Valley Oak league play.
RIPON - Ripon High's star middle blocker Ashley Robinson is sick. Outside hitter Coryn Hernandez has been out for nearly a month with a broken wrist. And promising freshman Nicole Kaiser is out with an ankle injury.
OAKDALE - There were few surprises during the Valley Oak League Singles Tournament at Oakdale High Tuesday.
The East Union Lancers used a pair of early first-half goals to give themselves a lead they wouldn't surrender, dropping visiting Weston Ranch 8-0 in Tuesday's Valley Oak League matchup.
Manteca got back on the winning track Thursday as it knocked off Lathrop 8-1 during a Valley Oak League matchup.
Sierra senior Allie Walljasper and East Union freshman Alexis Erich dueled for seven innings Wednesday and yielded three hits apiece, but in the end it was Erich's Lancers who eked out a 2-1 Valley Oak League win.
RIPON - Ripon Christian appears to have fully recovered from what head coach Kevin Tameling called "dead legs."
Ripon Christian head coach John De Visser was well aware that ace pitcher Connor McGovern was on his game Wednesday against visiting Denair.
It was a back-and-forth meet Wednesday between the Sierra and Kimball girls track and field teams, two early favorites for the Valley Oak League championship.
With some of its veterans a bit off their game Wednesday, Ripon looked to its newer players to step up against rival Ripon Christian in a nonleague match at Spring Creek Golf & Country Club.
Patience proved to be a virtue for host Sierra on Tuesday as the Timberwolves drew 11 walks in just four innings and defeated Kimball 13-3 in a mercy-rule victory in Valley Oak League baseball action before the rain rolled in.
After opening the Valley Oak League schedule with losses to two contending programs, Manteca High's swim teams picked up its first victories while braving the cold weather Tuesday in a double dual against visiting Lathrop and Weston Ranch.
The rain did little to slow Sierra's girls soccer team on Tueseday.
Six standouts representing the Manteca Futbol Club are being recognized for their talents off the pitch as well as on it.
The area's two best high school girls wrestlers competed against some of the best in the nation this past weekend and came away with All-America honors.
Sierra High senior Anna Cardenas is one of 51 student-athletes to be awarded a scholarship by the Sac-Joaquin Section.
Ripon's boys and girls swim teams won all but two races at East Union on Friday, but the host Lancers were able to make things interesting with their superior depth.
STOCKTON - Allie Walljasper struck out 14 in six innings, Julie Deanda and Maddie Penner each rapped two-run hits and Devi Coglio legged out a home run in Sierra's 8-0 win at Weston Ranch on Friday.
Manteca has finally broken though against Kimball, already a Valley Oak League powerhouse in just its fourth season as a varsity club.