RIPON - Ripon nearly went from clinching a share of the Trans-Valley League championship to missing the postseason entirely in a one-week span.
Manteca High's Lucas Vaughn was three outs away from pitching a perfect game in Tuesday's Valley Oak League finale at Sierra.
Kimball scored the go-ahead and insurance runs on an error in the top of the fifth inning, as the Jaguars spoiled East Union's senior day with a 4-2 victory Tuesday.
With the season hanging in the balance, Frank Fontana and the Manteca High tennis team looked to two of its newest players for the pivotal point.
East Union had waited five years to celebrate a Valley Oak League championship, so what was another 30 minutes?
Manteca Park Golf Course was not kind to some of its most frequent patrons Monday.
Ripon High beat out Calaveras on a team playoff hole to capture a second straight Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Tournament championship Monday at Marysville's Peach Tree Golf & Country Club.
Dakota Conners' first error in Valley Oak League play nearly cost Sierra High.
Manteca resident Jessica Burdge completed a stellar junior campaign with the Wagner College women's water polo team this past Saturday, when the Seahawks dropped an 11-6 decision to 12th-ranked Indiana in the NCAA Tournament play-in game.
East Union has a shot at wrapping up its season on a four-game winning streak and with a .500 record in the Valley Oak League following Monday's 6-4 win at Kimball.
Ripon High's coed tennis team had its way with Forest Lake Christian on Monday, blanking the Sierra Delta League champion in Auburn, 9-0.
Jordan Fontanilla and Natalie Griffin stood a little taller than their peers on Saturday afternoon.
A Valley Oak League record almost a decade and a half old was broken and another 1994 mark was almost shattered at Saturday's VOL Swimming Championships as the Ripon boys and girls teams each finished second and claimed nine of the 22 first places.
Bryce Coutrakis finished what he started on Friday by defeating Escalon's Ashton Redberg to capture the Trans Valley League Singles Tournament championship Saturday at the Modesto's SOS Club.
Ripon Christian got back on track Tuesday with a 4-1 win at Waterford.
LATHROP - East Union was relentless in the attacking third during the first half, pressuring the Lathrop defense into mistakes with precision passing and outstanding individual play.
Missed opportunities and defensive breakdowns kept Sierra from gaining at least a point in the Valley Oak League standings Monday.
Ripon High's girls golf team placed second among North Division teams in the Valley Foothill League Mid-Year Tournament, which was held Monday at Micke Grove Golf Course in Lodi.
Alyssa Burch and the rest of the Manteca High volleyball team couldn't mask their excitement after notching the clinching point.
Escalon had a score to settle with Ripon on Thursday as the two met in a showdown of undefeated teams in the Valley Foothill League's North Division.
Travis Vander Molen found the back of the net twice as the Ripon Christian boys soccer team nearly erased a three-goal deficit in a 5-3 loss to visiting Delhi on Thursday.
The Weston Ranch girls tennis team played its most competitive match of the season in a 5-4 loss to East Union on Thursday.
It was a three-person race for low-medalist honors at Manteca Park Golf Course on Wednesday, where cross-town opponents Manteca and Sierra met for a pivotal Valley Oak League dual match.
Ripon dominated visiting Lodi in a three-game sweep (25-10, 25-14, 25-17) Wednesday.
The Manteca High girls cross country team has some work to do if it wants to keep its spot on the Valley Oak League throne.
RIPON - Despite an aggressive first half, Ripon Christian found itself down by a goal at halftime against visiting Le Grand, the defending Southern League champion.
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.