The Manteca Buffaloes weren't sweating the fact that they were playing from behind for most of the first half Wednesday night.
The Valley Oak League season is in full-throttle and the East Union Lancers had no interest in giving up a hard-earned league win, fighting off a resilient Oakdale Mustangs squad for a 56-55 win Wednesday at the Dalben Center.
The East Union Lancers opened up a double-digit lead in the first half and never relinquished, dropping the visiting Oakdale Mustangs 66-55 in Valley Oak League action.
Sierra completely dominated in the post, knocked down big shots from the perimeter and registered a new season high in points scored while dispatching visiting Lathrop's young-but-promising first-year varsity squad 55-46 Tuesday.
After dealing with the play of Ceres High's Jamie Beck for three-and-a-half quarters, the Manteca Buffaloes were still in position to remain undefeated in the Valley Oak League play, but the Bulldogs escaped Winter Gym with a 50-47 win over Manteca Tuesday.
LINDEN - Linden was able to neutralize Ripon Chrsitian's big scoring threat, 6-foot-8 center Tyler Goslinga, in the two team's third non-league matchup of the season Tuesday, but the Lions had trouble containing Daniel Van de Pol and Logan Vos.
CERES - Manteca High's defending Valley Oak League champion boys basketball team knew it would have to change directions in a hurry after losing to Weston Ranch at home last Friday, and the Buffaloes were able to do that with a comfortable 57-47 Valley Oak League win over Ceres.
One late goal in pool play killed Manteca Futbol Club Arsenal's chances to vie for the championship of the Modesto Ajax Winter Invitational this past weekend.
Trailing by 10, 34-24, going into the final period, Lathrop High's sophomore girls basketball team pieced together a 15-6 run to stun Sierra 43-40 on the road Tuesday.
ESCALON - Lathrop High's junior varsity wrestling team had nine Spartans place at the Escalon Tournament this past weekend.
STOCKTON – For any of the area wrestlers have not had the opportunity to experience the CIF State Wrestling Championships, this weekend's Big Valley Wrestling Classic gave some of the state hopefuls a glimpse at what making it to the final stage is like.
The legend of fearless freshman Jordan Kron continued to grow in East Union High's sorely-needed 67-64 victory at Sierra Friday.
The Sac-Joaquin Section ruled that Manteca High guard Kiwi Gardner will serve a four-game suspension, athletic director Ron Inderbitzin confirmed Friday.
WESTON RANCH – During a timeout with 3:08 remaining and Manteca clinging to a four-point lead, the Buffaloes and host Weston Ranch went over what it would take to close out their physical Valley Oak League matchup with a win.
The challenge was daunting for the Sierra girls varsity basketball team having to take on the defending three-time Valley Oak League champion on East Union's home court in the third conference game of the week.
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.