OAKDALE -The big-play bug once again sank its venomous teeth into Manteca in a heartbreaking 35-23 loss to undefeated Oakdale at The Corral Friday, but the Buffaloes nearly overcame it along with the loss of starting quarterback Matt Barber.
Sierra High came out flat but made every necessary adjustment in a 34-0 shutout over the visiting Ceres Bulldogs on Homecoming night.
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.
East Union's girls tennis team relied on its depth to upend visiting Kimball on Tuesday.
The Manteca High girls golf team overcame a strong effort form Oakdale's Dylanie Donahue in a 287-297 victory at Manteca Park Golf Course on Tuesday.
No other Manteca-area volleyball team had a busier pre-league schedule than East Union, a young squad that second-year head coach Rich Posz hopes gained some valuable experience in the last three weeks.
Sierra was playing its seventh game in as many days Monday.
Shannon Wesley led a balanced attack with nine kills, and Emily O'Brien anchored Ripon's defensive effort as the Indians coasted past visiting Sierra 25-16, 25-7, 25-15 in a nonleague match Monday.
No one drew a tougher assignment to start the Valley Oak League boys soccer season than Manteca.
McKenna Doyle became the third different low medalist of the season for Sierra in the team's fourth Valley Oak League match Monday.
The Valley Oak League uses a points-based system to determine its MVP.
Manteca registered its second 9-0 win of the week Thursday when it shut out visiting East Union in Valley Oak League action.
Francisco Cisneros summed up Weston Ranch's final nonleague match of the season in one word:
Los Banos checked into its nonleague match with visiting East Union holding a deceiving 4-6 record.
Jack Miller recently retired from Manteca High, where the History teacher spent more than 30 years as an assistant coach with the football team. Miller was a part of four Sac-Joaquin Section championship teams and was twice voted Best of Manteca's Best Local Coach. Now City of Manteca Hall of Famer pays close attention to his yards, his golf game and granddaughter.
The Manteca High boys soccer team took full advantage of its first practice in nearly a week.
Ripon Christian laughs last.
RIPON - The hole was just too deep for Ripon's volleyball team to climb out of.