By JASON CAMPBELL
OAKDALE – Manteca High had an opportunity to pull in a piece of the first Valley Oak League championship in 25 years, but the Buffaloes were only able to come close in a 4-1 loss to the Oakdale Mustangs Tuesday.
RIPON – The Ripon Indians scored early and often, building a 6-0 lead after just three innings, on their way to an 11-4 Trans Valley League victory over Ripon Christian Monday.
CERES - Brock Swift pitched his second straight complete game, and the East Union High sophomore baseball team helped him out with a five-run third inning to beat Ceres 6-3 Tuesday.
RIPON - Ripon High's 7-0 girls soccer win over Ripon Christian may be routine for some, but there was significance behind Monday's Trans Valley League contest.
Cherie DeJesus had a day to remember, but she isn't forgetting about her one mistake.
LATHROP - Lathrop High's first-ever Valley Oak League varsity win nearly came at the expense of coach Randy Baltazar's former team.
MODESTO - For the first time in Trans Valley League dual-match play, Ripon High standout Andrew Bonner was not the medalist.
East Union High's sophomore softball team overcame an early 4-0 deficit to beat rival Manteca 11-9 at Northgate Softball Complex Monday.
FRESNO - Sierra High junior Alex Nuanez is used to facing wrestlers bigger and older than him, but he took the experience to another level this past weekend in the Greco Roman State Championships this past weekend at Selland Arena.
The Sierra High girls swimming team came just six points shy of taking the Valley Oak League Championship meet crown, falling to Oakdale High 132-126 in the eight-team league finale at Sierra High Saturday.
SONORA – An early drive to Sonora is never bad, when the return trip includes an 8-4 Valley Oak League win over the Wildcats. That was the case in East Union's league win over Sonora Saturday.
Manteca High pitcher and leadoff hitter Matt Barber made good on only half of his promise to coach Gene Ballardo Friday.
Jonathan Davis sheered a 5-0 Oakdale High lead to 5-2 with a towering home run down the right field line in the fourth inning, but the Mustangs would answer with three more and held Sierra quiet in an 8-2 Valley Oak League sweep Friday.
OAKDALE – Oakdale High standout Brianna Parker gave one of her more impressive showings of the season, outdueling Sierra starter Gabby Hawkins in a well-played 1-0 Valley Oak League win over the Timberwolves Friday at Oakdale High.
RIPON – Head coach Ed Mulder doesn't have the luxury of a Teagan Manus to steady and steer the Ripon Christian girls basketball team.
Ron Vander Molen expects the road to get rougher in the coming week, but for now he and the Ripon Christian boys basketball team are enjoying the ride.
East Union bounced back from its first loss of the season and will play for fifth place in the Tracy Breakfast Lions/Tom Hawkins Tournament today.
Ripon didn't have to wait long to exact revenge against Sierra, though both teams had to travel farther for the rematch.
Hunter Johnson led Sierra to a 59-37 quarterfinal win over Edison-Stockton to open the Adidas Trojan Christmas Classic boys basketball tournament Saturday at Lincoln High in Stockton.
For most of her first two years running for the Weston Ranch cross country team, sophomore Iris Carillo was chasing more seasoned and accomplished harriers from Manteca.
Tournament co-host Tracy managed two more points in the fourth quarter than East Union did and that was enough as the Bulldogs pulled out a 50-49 quarterfinal victory in the Tom Hawkins Girls Basketball Tournament on Saturday in front of a raucous crowd at Swenson Gym.
Ohio State is calling.
SALIDA – Jazz Swanson shuffled through the locker room, shoes untied with an aw-shucks smile painted across his face.
The winter break has been anything but a break for Lathrop High's wrestling program.
Rod Wright has been waiting for a game like this from his young Ripon boys basketball team.
East Union won one rematch to get to another, but it may have to go without its top player in tonight's Tracy Breakfast Lions/Tom Hawkins Tournament quarterfinal.
Annie Banks has been playing on a tennis team for as long as she can remember, long before her brush with the Sierra High girls program.
RIPON - Kristen Maestretti was rewarded for her effort.
For the better part of three quarters, the Turlock crowd did their best to unlock the mystery of Anand Hundal, Manteca's 6-foot-8 junior center.