With only one dual-meet remaining in the Valley Oak League season, the Sierra Timberwolves have handled business in every facet of the program, setting up a winner-take-all finale with the Oakdale Mustangs after a thorough demolishing of an undermanned Lathrop High squad.
This time, Manteca High's soccer team was ready for Wafa Hafed and the Weston Ranch Cougars.
Oakdale High girls soccer coach Alfredo Quiroga couldn't remember the last time his team beat perennial Valley Oak League powerhouse Sierra after Tuesday's 3-1 stunner at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
The three goals that the East Union Lancers were able to string together in the first half was enough in the early part of Tuesday's game against visiting Ceres to lock up a key Valley Oak League victory.
Today's big crosstown baseball game between Ripon and Ripon Christian is a no go.
RIPON - Injuries haven't knocked Ripon High's soccer team off track in its quest for a fourth straight Trans Valley League championship, and the Indians took another big step to achieve that feat with a 5-0 win over Hughson at Park View Elementary School Monday.
Spotted a one-run lead early and backed by a rare defensive gem by her Manteca High teammates, Mariah Navarro had the most confidence she's had in the pitcher's circle all season going into the top of the seventh inning against visiting rival Sierra.
SONORA - The fun now begins for Sierra High's soccer team, which blew out Sonora 8-0 Monday at Dunlavy Field.
Sierra High softball ace Gabby Hawkins has given East Union fits over the past two years, even outdueling four-time Bulletin All-Area MVP Erin Arevalo, now a starter for the University of Georgia, in a 3-2 upset win in 2008.
Less than a month ago, Tyler Goslinga's high school athletic career closed in the California Interscholastic Federation State Championships, but Friday Goslinga took the first steps in a new career when he accepted a scholarship to play basketball for the Fresno Pacific University Sunbirds.
LATHROP - Offense was the Manteca High softball team's best defense in Friday's 13-4 Valley Oak League win against Lathrop.
SALIDA – Modesto Christian starter Nathan O'Leary put together another dominant performance, holding Ripon High to just four hits in a complete-game win Friday in Trans Valley League action.
SONORA – It what has become customary in Sierra High baseball games, the Timberwolves battled with Sonora High for seven innings, but could not get the runs they needed in a 2-1 Valley Oak League loss Friday.
PATTERSON - Manteca High's boys and girls swim teams each improved to 7-2 in the Valley Oak League after defeating Patterson and Ripon Friday.
East Union High's softball team struck first with a run in the second, but Sierra countered by connecting with the bigger blows in a 7-3 win at Northgate Softball Complex Friday.
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.