RIPON - The atmosphere was a little more relaxed than usual for a live match at Jack Tone Golf Course Tuesday, but it might be what the golfers from Ripon High and rival Ripon Christian need going into today's Valley Football League Midseason Tournament.
LATHROP – The Lathrop Spartans were not able to complete their improbable comeback, but they were able to serve notice to the rest of the Valley Oak League that they would not be a pushover in a 25-15, 25-22, 23-25 and 25-21 loss to East Union Tuesday.
The Sierra Timberwolves closed out a strong first-half of the Valley Oak League schedule, dropping the East Union Lancers 11-4 Tuesday.
While it's still early, Weston Ranch High has reason to feel proud of its unprecedented start to the season.
The silver lining to Ripon High's scoreless tie against host Escalon in Trans Valley League play Tuesday was that game had little semblance to their previous meeting.
It was a good-news, bad-news scenario for both sides.
WESTON RANCH - Robbie Geerlof had three good looks at the Weston Ranch goal in the first half: Two were lifted well over the crossbar and split the football uprights, and the other was touched weakly to the keeper.
To be more competitive in the Valley Oak League this season, East Union High coach Eryn Bowers has encouraged competition from within.
Weston Ranch High's surprising run to start the Valley Oak League season continued Thursday with a 12-3 victory over host Manteca.
Sierra High's 4-0 start to the season is followed by its first losing streak.
It didn't take Ripon Christian long to get past Waterford Thursday night to open its first Southern League match of the season on an extremely high note.
It wasn't the opening whistle that got the East Union Lancers going in their Valley Oak League showdown with Sierra High Wednesday; it was the Timberwolves netting the game's first goal in a 2-1 come-from-behind win over host Sierra.
The Manteca Buffalos were led by a solid nine-hole round from Mickey Dias whose round of 53 led the Buffalos over the Sierra Timberwolves 323-333 Wednesday at Manteca Golf Course.
It was a matchup between the city's top best singles players, and for now title belongs to Sierra High's Vannida Nguyen.
Ripon Christian was welcomed to the Southern League with a 3-2 loss to visiting Mariposa Tuesday.
The Sierra High softball team had almost a week to think about a stinging loss to Oakdale because of a rainout.
Darrell Clemons spent his varsity career trying to keep Sierra High pass-rushers LJ Alofaituli and Trevon McCray out of the backfield.
East Union boys golf coach Dennis Wells' mood ran hot even on a windy day.
Matt Rose plowed through a rough afternoon on the greens, earning medalist honors as Sierra pushed past Weston Ranch.
TRACY - The opening minutes looked promising for goalie Callia Morales-Linnell and the Lathrop girls soccer team.
Maliah Watson from East Union won the girls discus and finished second in the shot put Saturday in the Delta Mustang Invitational at the Merv Smith Track Complex on Stockton.
The Lathrop High varsity boys and girls track teams each improved to 2-1 in the Valley Oak League after impressive showings in a double dual meet at Weston Ranch on Thursday.
It was on this same field last season that the Manteca High baseball team celebrated one of its greatest moments.
The final outcome was the same, but the rematch was more decisive.
East Union held on to beat visiting Kimball for its first Valley Oak League win of the season Thursday at Agostini Field.
By VINCE REMBULAT
Sisters Kindra and Maddi Hackbarth put on a hitting clinic Wednesday at Oakdale, helping the host Mustangs blast Sierra 11-4 in a duel of Valley Oak League contenders.
It turns out there will be some drama in the Trans-Valley League after all.
The Sierra High Timberwolves won't much time to enjoy their 7-6 win at Manteca on Wednesday.
The Valley Oak League schedule makers didn't waste any time putting the lions in the ring with one another last fall.