CERES - Jode Johnson hit a walk-off three-run blast Tuesday at Ceres High, where the second-place Bulldogs stunned Valley Oak League frontrunner East Union, 8-6.
LA GRANGE - Chris Musseman can't help but run the "what ifs" through his mind after his Ripon Indians won the second Trans Valley League Tournament Tuesday at Lake Don Pedro Golf and Country Club.
East Union took out a frustrating week against Sonora with a 15-3 pounding of Ceres Tuesday at Agostini Field.
CERES - Jared Twomey got it done on both sides of the ball Tuesday in Ceres, as the Sierra sophomore baseball team tripped up Central Valley, 9-5.
Sierra High head coach Dave Breitenbucher gathered the troops near rival East Union's pool to make one last announcement.
There's a reason half of East Union's roster was on hand Friday at Sierra High to witness the Timberwolves saddle Oakdale with another 1-0 loss.
HUGHSON – Copperfield?
SONORA - Sonora got its revenge.
The score wasn't a good indication of how thoroughly the Lancers handled Ceres in a 3-1 win Friday night at Dino Cunial Field.
LATHROP – Steven Gigli went 4 for 4 with six RBIs and a grand slam Friday afternoon as the East Union sophomore baseball team blasted Lathrop, 22-3, on the road.
A supremely talented class of eight Sierra High seniors celebrated their final regular season game on the home pitch Thursday evening at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium, but their opponent, the Oakdale Mustangs, were dead-set on spoiling the party.
Sierra had the Mustangs by the mane.
Everything appeared to be working so well for the Manteca Buffaloes through the first two innings of their matchup with visiting Ceres on Thursday.
RIPON - No one ever accused Daniel Cardoza of backing down from a challenge.
CERES - The sledding was surprisingly easy for Manteca in a 4-1 win at Ceres Thursday afternoon.
Ben Juarez knocked down a jump shot to give Kimball its first lead in the second half with 22 seconds left in Wednesday's crucial Valley Oak League contest at Manteca High's Winter Gym.
With four games left in the regular season, the Sierra Timberwolves appear well on their way towards an outright Valley Oak League title.
LATHROP - After surviving seven lead changes and four ties, host Lathrop ended the first half on a 7-0 run and outscored East Union 22-9 in the third quarter on the way to a 64-48 win in Valley Oak League boys basketball action.
Isela Rivera isn't concerned so much about her place in East Union girls soccer lore, though there have been few as productive as the senior striker.
Having battled back from a 21-point deficit to visiting Lathrop and leading by one with 35 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, Manteca's Jessica Hasal penetrated to the key and then dished out to Allison Rachels on the perimeter. Rachels threw up a 3-pointer and by the time it bounced off the glass and through the net she was picking herself up off the floor with the Buffaloes on the way to a thrilling 54-49 Valley Oak League girls basketball victory at Winter Gymnasium.
STOCKTON - With no true post players on his team, Weston Ranch coach Chris Bauer has challenged the two tallest to be more of a presence in the paint.
Not this time.
The Ripon Christian boys basketball team overcame Turlock Christian's considerable size advantage for a second time with Tuesday's commanding 64-51 triumph.
RIPON - Amber Hilvers searched for the words, trying her hardest not to sound disrespectful.
All that matters is who leads at the end. For the Ripon Christian girls' basketball team, that is a good thing.
Lathrop junior Isaiah Ellis put on a show in front of the home crowd Friday night.
In a game that featured a head-to-head showdown between the Valley Oak League's two best senior post players, it was the guards who made the difference.
Weston Ranch put Friday's Valley Oak League ball game against Sierra solely in the hands of standout sophomore Jaelen Ragsdale.
Don't let the records fool you.
RIPON – Tiana Chacon has been an All-Trans Valley League first-team third baseman the past two seasons.