CERES - How much has Manteca missed Rileigh Mankin?
OAKDALE - Logan Bruce led off the fourth inning with a leadoff home run, and it was off to the races for the Oakdale Mustangs.
RIPON - Fresh off its third-place finish in the Orestimba Tournament, Ripon Christian appears to be picking up steam heading down the final stretch of the Trans Valley League season with a 5-1 victory over Riverbank Tuesday.
Ceres only sent three golfers to Manteca Park Golf Course, but the Lancers didn't take the day off.
The bats were on and popping Tuesday in Lathrop as the Spartans sophomore softball team spanked Central Valley, 23-1.
TRACY - Manteca head softball coach Todd Hardcastle didn't think twice about helping out Nick Olmo and the Sierra High Timberwolves Saturday during the Nor-Cal Classic softball tournament held at the Tracy Sports Complex.
MERCED - The Manteca Freestyle Wrestling Club placed three grapplers Saturday at the Merced Tournament hosted by Golden Valley High.
TRACY - Weston Ranch's Angelysa Washington's blast from the past had Ripon head coach Robert Vernon thinking, "Here we go again."
The Sierra High girls swimming team won its seventh straight Valley Oak League meet Friday at Sonora High, 118-52, to claim at least a share of the league title for the third consecutive season.
RIPON - Kyle Wagner opened the scoring with a solo shot, and ended the game with a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh Friday at Ripon High, where the Indians completed a two-game, non-league sweep of Hilmar with a 3-2 win.
LOOMIS – Sierra's varsity girls finished second and the frosh-soph boys finished fourth overall in the team point standings Friday at the Del Oro Invitational, a promising sign heading toward the postseason as a number of big name track programs were on hand including Placer, Franklin of Elk Grove and host Del Oro.
It was a match that everyone expected to be ugly.
Scottie DeBrouwer knew that he had a golden opportunity in front of him as he stepped into the batter's box.
Sierra and East Union showed why they are considered the Valley Oak League's premier golf programs Thursday at Manteca Park Golf Course in a 197-211 Timberwolves win.
TRACY - It turns out East Union will not successfully defend its 2008 Nor-Cal Classic championship.
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.