SACRAMENTO – The level of play it would have taken for the Manteca Buffaloes to compete for their first Sac-Joaquin Section title in school history abandoned them, in a season-ending 5-1 second round loss to El Dorado Wednesday at McAuliffe Memorial Park.
Sierra High junior Ulysses Knapps walked away from the long jump pit at Modesto Junior College last Thursday with a Sac-Joaquin Section Division III title in the event but was not completely satisfied.
Teammates and coaches call her "Hammer," and it's a fitting description to what East Union High junior Brittany LaMar did for the Lancers this season.
The pressure of trying to extend its postseason took a back seat to rainy weather for the Manteca Buffaloes, as the Valley Oak League No. 2 seed's elimination contest against El Dorado High was postponed until today by unfavorable weather conditions.
Sierra High senior midfielder Delaine Quaresma is one of Timberwolves to be named to the all-Valley Oak League soccer first team. The four-time all-league selection scored nine goals and assisted two while helping the team capture its 11th VOL title in 16 years. Quaresma will be attending UCLA for academics.
Manteca High senior Rileigh Mankin was voted the Valley Oak League MVP during the year-end coaches meeting.
STOCKTON - Renae McFadden saved the celebration for later.
SACRAMENTO - Manteca High's Michael Timmins was faced with the same situation in the 10th inning as he was in the fifth during the Buffaloes' Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV semifinal contest with El Dorado at Dan McAuliffe Memorial Ballpark Saturday.
STOCKTON - Cherie DeJesus was the last East Union Lancer to walk away from Arnaiz Stadium following a 7-3 season-ending loss to Valley Oak League rival Oakdale in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs Friday.
Ripon High's girls soccer team reached the postseason for the first time in school history back in 2006, but the Indians were eliminated in the first round via penalty-kick shootout against Linden.
In 2007, Manteca High's baseball team qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs for the first time since the late 1980s.
MODESTO - Anthony Chapman's words in February were prophetic.
RIPON – The Ripon Indians looked like they were in for a cozy ride to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V soccer final, but a valiant Central Catholic comeback halted any early celebrations.
ROCKLIN – Sometimes being lucky is better than being good, and the Sierra Timberwolves simply had no luck on their side in a heartbreaking 1-0 Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoff semifinal loss to Whitney High Thursday.
SACRAMENTO – When Matt Barber was through with the River City Raiders they couldn't even tread water.
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.
With help from East Union, Weston Ranch finds itself comfortably ahead of the pack at the midway point of the Valley Oak League boys soccer season.
Jacqui Uecker collected 12 kills, seven digs, two aces and a block to help Ripon ward off Riverbank 25-12, 10-25, 25-12, 25-16 in a Trans-Valley League volleyball match on Monday.
Manteca kept up a relentless attack from the opening kickoff to the final buzzer Friday and defeated host Lathrop 48-6 in Valley Oak League sophomore action at Bennie Gatto Field.