The Valley Oak League season is still a ways away, but this weekend's tournament soccer provided some quality glimpses as to how the 2010 season will shape up. Sierra was dominant in its VOL preview victory over East Union, dropping the Lancers 3-0 in the Timberwolves Cup opener Saturday at Sierra High.
Manteca High would have obviously preferred to outlast its opponent in the 3rd Annual Buff Cup championship, but the Buffaloes will certainly accept a 6-4 win over Patterson for the tournament's consolation championship.
The first 20 minutes seemed to be scripting perfect for the Weston Ranch Cougars, but a colossal collapse to a quality Los Banos squad left the Cougars on the short-end of the pursuit for the 3rd Annual Buff Cup championship. Om a 4-1 loss Saturday.
In the first 10 minutes of Manteca High's 3rd Annual Buffalo Cup opener, the Buffaloes found themselves looking up at a 2-0 deficit to the Los Banos Tigers. The Buffaloes didn't flinch; battling back to tie things up, but a goal in the final two minutes forced Manteca to deal with a 3-2 loss to the Tigers Thursday at Manteca High.
The Weston Ranch Cougars jumped out on Ripon High with a quick first-half goal, but the Indians would claw back only to see their come-from-behind hopes sliced by the last of five penalty kicks in the Cougars' shootout win Thursday in the 3rd Annual Buffalo Cup opener.
STOCKTON – The fact that Weston Ranch only had three golfers didn't stop the four-time reigning Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV champions from posting some low numbers in their first outing of their year.
Sierra High had no sympathy for the relatively young Lathrop Spartan squad, rolling over the second-year varsity program with ease Thursday in a 15-0 victory.
Things didn't look promising for the Manteca High varsity girls Friday night when they found themselves down to match point against the Beyer Patriots with their best jump server up at the line.
If the Lathrop Spartans are able to win their season opener it would be the biggest victory in school history. If the Escalon Cougars come into Lathrop and fall to the Spartans it would ruin the perennial powerhouse's season in week one.
STOCKTON - The Sac-Joaquin Section overhauled its postseason format for football last season and has made a few minor tweaks for 2010.
The Manteca Buffaloes did not get the luxury of warming up to the Valley Oak League schedule, drawing a match against perennial league front-runner Oakdale and falling 9.5 to 5.5 Tuesday at home.
Patience and persistence paid off for Corey Navarro.
TRACY - The rebuilding has begun for Sierra's girls golf team under first-year head coach Jack Thomson.
LINDEN - It was a rather ho-hum official start to Ripon's volleyball season Tuesday.
RIPON - Keith Terpsma doesn't know what to expect this season when his Ripon Christian boys soccer team heads into Southern League play for the first time.
The Manteca High boys tennis team whipped Weston Ranch on Wednesday, priming itself for today's crosstown dual with East Union.
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.
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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.