Three tightly-contested matches went to third-set tiebreakers, and the two won by Riverbank proved to be the difference in Ripon High's 6-3 Trans-Valley League loss at home Friday.
Manteca High's anticipated Valley Oak League rematch with first-place Kimball wasn't much closer in the final outcome, but it was far more competitive.
Justin Nieto outlasted Oakdale ace Bryce Dyrda Thursday at Agostini Field to help East Union earn a rare win over the defending Valley Oak League champion, 3-2.
Manteca was in full control of the game, but not so much on the shots it took.
Joey Guinta came up huge in just his second match of the season for Sierra High's boys golf team Thursday.
LATHROP - Weston Ranch's softball team opened the Valley Oak League season in style Wednesday.
Manteca High appears to be on its way to a second straight Valley Oak League title run.
Fifteen up, 15 down.
Ripon was ahead comfortably with a two-goal lead at halftime Wednesday in Salida.
WESTON RANCH - It took nine-plus years for Weston Ranch to notch its first win over Manteca, one of the Valley Oak League's perennial powers over that stretch.
Jack Thomson sent his Sierra baseball team onto the field for its Valley Oak League opener with three objectives.
Sophomore Dominic Pisano and Lucas Vaughn combined for a five-inning no-hitter and were a pitch away from perfection as they led Manteca High's 11-0 drubbing of Weston Ranch Tuesday.
A two-out, two-run error was the ultimate decider in Ripon's 4-3 road win over Trans-Valley League rival Escalon.
East Union needed its defensive midfielder to jump start the attack Tuesday against visiting Weston Ranch.
East Union recovered well from its first Valley Oak League defeat of the season, outpointing Kimball 205-249 behind Will Brink's 1-under 36 on the front nine of the Manteca Park Golf Course Tuesday.
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LINDEN - Mark Rodriguez came through in clutch situations during East Union's 5-3 extra-innings victory over previously-undefeated Linden on Monday.
Sierra broke into the win column Saturday with a 25-23, 16-25, 15-11 win over Lathrop in the Sierra Boys Volleyball Tournament.
East Union had already battled back twice from deficits, and Brayden Hardcastle came oh so close to tying it back up in the bottom of ...
Thanks to Tawny Deerinck, the science wing at Manteca High may need a new skylight.
LATHROP - Lathrop's first four batters reached in the bottom of the seventh, but visiting Chavez was able to limit the damage for a 9-7 ...
STOCKTON - Manuel Rubio pitched three innings and went 3 for 4 with three runs at the plate, helping Weston Ranch complete a series sweep of ...
Jhai Flowers set a new school record in the pole vault in helping Lathrop's boys track and field team trample host Manteca 111-23 in ...
RIPON - Ripon hit the pool swimming Thursday, dominating visiting Sierra and Kimball to sweep the Valley Oak League-opening tri-meet at Ervin Zador Aquatic Center.
Manteca's Gino Campiotti broke open a close game in the sixth inning with a bases-clearing double and pitched five innings to get the win ...
RIPON - Things were looking bleak just a week ago for the Ripon boys golf team.
East Union was held to two hits but was rewarded for its patience at the plate in a 3-1 win over visiting Atwater on Wednesday.
A rough start was only part of the reason for Sierra High's 5-3 loss to visiting Turlock on Wednesday.
Sometimes patience wins out over power.
PATTERSON - One day after winning a pitchers duel against powerhouse Ceres, Manteca squeaked past Patterson 11-10 in a slugfest Wednesday.
When Manteca's Kyle Reis goes on a roll, he goes on a roll.
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