To say the Sierra Timberwolves are playing good soccer at this point in the season would be quite the understatement.
RIPON - Michael Donaldson put a preseason's worth of frustration into his final pitch - a game-ending strike on a 2-2 fastball that Modesto Christian's Devan Brown, caught off balanced after swinging on consecutive curveballs earlier in the at-bat, looked at.
CERES - Less isn't more in swimming.
ELK GROVE - Smarting from Thursday's 10-0 Sacramento Tournament of Champions-opening loss to powerhouse Oak Ridge of El Dorado Hills, the two-time defending Sac-Joaquin Section Division II champion, East Union coach Brian Goulart was curious to see how his team would rebound with a healthy lineup.
STOCKTON - On Monday he did it with his bat.
OAKDALE - For anyone that hasn't experienced courses like the ones offered at Oakdale and Sonora, the learning curve is steep.
C.J. Rivas was unstoppable at the plate Friday for the Manteca sophomore baseball team in a five-inning 15-3 drubbing of Chavez.
MODESTO - They call Tom Moore, the late meet director of the former Modesto Relays, the "Grandfather of district track and field."
Apparently the Lancers are charitable sorts.
BAKERSFIELD - Down 3-2 with 20 seconds remaining in his first match Saturday at the California Interscholastic Federation State Championships, Ryan Mackey had little choice but to shoot.
After Manteca let a 1-1 deadlock slip away to Pioneer, 4-2, on penalty kicks, the tournament host wrapped the 1st Annual Buffalo Cup with a nice 3-0 win over Hilmar to finish third overall Saturday afternoon at Guss Schmiedt Field.
SACRAMENTO - Sierra High moved to 7-0-1 on the season by winning the Folsom Challenge Cup in Sacramento Saturday.
MODESTO - Back-to-back errors, combined with mostly silent bats spelled doom for East Union in its first contest Saturday at Rainbow Fields, a 6-0 loss to Grace Davis.
BAKERSFIELD - There would be no slow start for Ryan Mackey this time around.
Nobody likes a tie, but nobody was doing much whining about it after Ripon and East Union battled to a 1-1 stalemate at Woodward Park Friday.
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.
East Union's grueling opening week of the season may have done it some good.
Sierra's girls golf team opened the Valley Oak League with a statement Tuesday at Dryden Park Golf Course in Modesto.