It wasn't the opening whistle that got the East Union Lancers going in their Valley Oak League showdown with Sierra High Wednesday; it was the Timberwolves netting the game's first goal in a 2-1 come-from-behind win over host Sierra.
The Manteca Buffalos were led by a solid nine-hole round from Mickey Dias whose round of 53 led the Buffalos over the Sierra Timberwolves 323-333 Wednesday at Manteca Golf Course.
It was a matchup between the city's top best singles players, and for now title belongs to Sierra High's Vannida Nguyen.
Ripon Christian was welcomed to the Southern League with a 3-2 loss to visiting Mariposa Tuesday.
The Weston Ranch Cougars bounced back after dropping the third game, beating Central Valley 25-22, 25-20, 17-25, 26-24 Tuesday in Stockton.
The East Union Lancers attacked one of the more challenging courses in the Valley Oak League but did not flinch, handling Oakdale 232-310 Tuesday at Oakdale Golf and Country Club.
Ricardo Perez admitted there was a little luck involved in his late goal that decided East Union High's 4-3 win over visiting Lathrop at Dino Cunial Field Monday.
The Sierra High Cross-Country program narrowly missed out on closing out its 8th Annual Sierra Invitational with a boys and girls small-schools varsity championship, finishing second to Cosumnes Oaks and St. Mary's in the boys and girls side, respectively.
RIPON – The Ripon Indians did not have a huge offensive breakout during the 30th Annual Ripon Christian-Jerry Terpsma Classic, but the Indians put together enough to earn a spot in the championship where they would fall to the eventual champion Escalon Cougars in a 2-0 loss Saturday.
East Union High tennis coach Julia Bylow hopes the Lancers' 8-7 squeaker against visiting rival Manteca is a sign that a turnaround is imminent.
Chelsea Bereta got into a nice groove from the service line, where Sierra High was especially effective in its three-game shutout of visiting Johansen Thursday.
East Union High delves into Valley Oak League action riding a three-match winning streak following Thursday's sweep (25-19, 25-18, 25-13) of host Downey Thursday in Modesto.
It will be up to the four-time defending champion East Union Lancers to motivate themselves at moments during this Valley Oak League season, and the group responded with a relatively easy win over the Manteca Buffaloes Thursday at Manteca Park Golf Course.
The Sierra Timberwolves continue to take steps towards building a Valley Oak League contender, stopping the host Tracy Bulldogs 2-1 Thursday in non-league action.
ESCALON – Manteca High jumped out in front of the Escalon Cougars in the first 10 minutes of their non-league contest, but a pair of penalties in the box would cost Manteca in its 2-1 loss to Escalon Wednesday at Escalon High.
Weston Ranch beat East Union at its own game in a duel between the Valley Oak League's hottest teams Monday at Dino Cunial Field.
Coming off a tough five-game loss to rival Escalon, Ripon bounced back nicely with Monday's 25-13, 25-10, 25-23 sweep at Modesto Christian.
East Union's Edmi Lopez is a Timberwolf slayer.
Ripon Christian's boys soccer team overcame a halftime deficit, and Andrew Manes nailed the go-ahead goal in the 72nd minute to knock off host Le Grand 2-1 on Thursday.
The Manteca and East Union volleyball teams split their first two sets Wednesday before the visiting Lancers atoned for an earlier season sweep and pulled away to win the next two for a 25-21, 24-26, 25-22, 25-17 win in Valley Oak League action at Winter Gymnasium.
East Union co-head coaches Brian Goulart and Dennis Wells figured this was the year that the Lancers' run of championships in the Sierra Invitational would end.
The hardest part of the schedule is over for Ripon's football team.
Manteca and Oakdale entered Wednesday's Valley Oak League soccer contest tied in the standing, and the Mustangs escaped Guss Schmiedt Field with a 5-2 victory and sole possession of second place.
Manteca is on a three-match winning streak after thumping Kimball 8-1 in Tracy on Wednesday.
TRACY - Mahir Pepic and Haley Silva won the varsity boys and girls races without much of a challenge in the second Valley Oak League cluster meet Tuesday at Eagal Lakes.
Rich Posz hoped that his East Union volleyball team's upset of Oakdale last Thursday would have a carry-over effect in Tuesday's duel with first-place Central Catholic.
RIPON - Thomas Sidtikun scored two goals and assisted on a third Tuesday to help keep defending league champion Ripon in first place in the Trans-Valley League with a 3-0 win over Escalon at Stouffer Field.
Brooke Riley looked to be on her way to another outstanding round after a birdie-birdie start in East Union's Valley Oak League match with Sierra on Tuesday.
Elizabeth Tolbert held off East Union's Maddie Yslava to win a hard-earned three-set match and highlighted an 8-1 victory for visiting Manteca on Tuesday.
East Union's game plan was to apply pressure on the Manteca back line from the opening whistle Monday at Guss Schmiedt Field.