The Manteca Buffaloes were a few innings from extending their postseason hopes a little further, but an error-filled fifth inning gave Kimball High all the ammunition it would need for a 7-5 Valley Oak League win over the Buffaloes Wednesday.
The Valley Oak League's singles tournament had a No. 1 seed expected to make it to Thursday's Championship match, and a No. 2 seed that shows he deserves the challenge. Sierra's Kevin Rausa handled his portion of the deal, earning a spot against league No. 1 seed Logan Staggs for the league crown.
For a moment, it seemed as if the Sonora Wildcats would decrease Sierra's chances at pulling in one of the three Valley Oak League playoff spots up for grabs during the stretch run. Only Dylan DeBrouwer had other plans, going the distance for the Timberwolves in a 7-4 win Tuesday.
Sierra High freshman hurler Allison Walljasper tossed a one-hitter Tuesday to lead her team past host Weston Ranch, 12-0.
It's a pivotal week for area schools in the Valley Oak League.
The Sierra Timberwolves hauled in a one-sided 117-51 girls victory Thursday, but the boys came up short 85-79 to visiting Ripon High in the two clubs' Valley Oak League swim meet, falling in the final race for the difference.
Brandon Manville picked up a tennis racquet for the first time this past summer.
In a replay of the Valley Oak League's most pivotal rematch, the Manteca High School outlasted host Oakdale in an eight-inning battle that saw the Buffaloes explode for five in the bonus frame of a 6-1 win Thursday.
Sierra's boys track and field team was expected to clinch at least share of its second straight Valley Oak League title, and fifth in seven years, Thursday at Oakdale High.
In a clash between the top two teams in the Valley Oak League, Sierra High maintained the top spot by defeating second-place Kimball in Tracy Thursday, 4-1.
If it wasn't for bad luck, the East Union Lancers wouldn't have any.
Brennon Williams could have been the hero the last time he and the Oakdale High baseball team visited Manteca, but he was robbed of the opportunity.
Will C. Wood High of Vacaville returned home with the Tony Horton Golf Invitational's team and individual championships Wednesday at Manteca Park Golf Course.
After hauling in at least a portion of the 2011 Valley Oak League championship with a 5-0 win over the Lathrop Spartans Tuesday, the East Union tennis players simply stuck around for some extra work. The Lancers will have to stop the Sierra Timberwolves Thursday for the outright crown, and that will be the only thing to get the group a taste of satisfaction.
The Navarro family waited eight years for this moment, but Manteca High's softball program as a whole has waited even longer.
In a matchup between two prolific outside shooting teams Wednesday, it was defense and accuracy from the free-throw line that made all the difference for ...
RIPON - Ripon Christian coach Ed Mulder believes his team took forward steps in its two setbacks in the 22nd Annual Lady Knights Invitational.
DUBLIN - Sierra started strong Wednesday but needed an even better finish to pull off a 44-42 win over Los Banos in the Pearl Division championship ...
DIXON - Aaron Paschini helped spark his team with ball-hawking defense, which led to a whole lot of offense for Ripon's standout junior guard.
TRACY – Manteca started the first half with a press and the second half with a half-court defense, and both schemes worked well with the Buffaloes ...
SALIDA – Jaelen Ragsdale displayed some of his offensive arsenal at the Modesto Christian Holiday Hoop Classic on Tuesday.
TRACY - East Union was as cold in the fourth quarter as it was hot in the opening period in Tuesday's Tracy Breakfast Lions/Tom ...
TRACY - Lathrop rebounded from Monday's double-digit loss to Valley Oak League rival East Union by playing good, solid defense in a 53-41 win over ...
DIXON - Ripon used big scoring outbursts in the first and third quarters to blow past Sonoma Valley 69-43 in a winners-bracket semifinal of the Ram ...
DUBLIN - Sierra's girls basketball team followed up one blowout with an even bigger one in the West Coast Jamboree.
SALIDA - In an intense and sometimes-chippy showdown between two of the top boys basketball teams in Northern California, Modesto Christian's depth and energy prevailed ...
TRACY - East Union closed out the first half on a 9-3 run and started the third quarter with an 8-0 spurt to pull away from ...
RIPON - With only six teams in the 22nd annual Lady Knights Invitational, host Ripon Christian was forced to come up with a unique format to ...
DIXON - It wasn't always pretty, but it was another win for Ripon's boys basketball team.
MODESTO – Weston Ranch's Chedrick Ordonez had only one basket, but it was a big basket.