It could have been the unusually cold weather, or the lack of practice time outdoors because of the recent rainstorms.
Manteca's baseball team again pitched well enough to win, but lapses elsewhere led to another non-league loss, this time by a tough-to-swallow 3-2 margin in eight innings to visiting Pitman of Turlock Monday.
The East Union High tennis team's delayed start to the Valley Oak League season ended up being worth the wait.
Tracy High's sophomore baseball team did all the damage it needed to inflict in the second inning when it rallied for 11 runs to upend host East Union 12-3 Monday.
The Sierra High track and field program invited nearly 30 programs to participate in the 12th Annual Tom Moore relays and it was the Timberwolves who looked most impressive, winning the varsity boys meet and taking second in varsity girls action for an impressive team finish Saturday at the recently completed track in Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
The Manteca High varity soccer program is off to a grand start when it comes to accomplishing its goals, winning its 2nd Annual Buff Cup tournament title with a convincing 4-0 win over Bret Harte Saturday at Guss Schmiedt Field.
RIVERBANK – The season is just getting underway, but East Union High's softball squad is pretty close to mid-season form after continuing its dominance in the Ceres Tournament with two victories and a pool play championship Saturday at Rainbow Fields.
MODESTO – Manteca High's varsity baseball ran out of time in its Johansen Tournament 5-5 tie against Los Banos, but simply did not play well in a 7-3 loss to host Johansen Saturday in preseason play.
SACRAMENTO - "Tiger Claws" were never unsheathed.
BAKERSFIELD - Bob Blanco theatrical reenactment of a takedown at the edge of the mat inside Rabobank Arena left Sierra High junior Alex Nuanez with a small glimmer of hope, but the official would not change his stance, signaling an end to area wrestling as the last of three Mantecans saw his season come to a close.
SACRAMENTO - It was a bittersweet end to the Ripon Christian boys basketball team's run through the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V playoffs for the Vander Molens.
RIVERBANK – The East Union High softball team opened its season as well as the Ceres Tournament hitting on all cylinders, handling Patterson High 3-1 before taking the nightcap from Modesto Christian 6-1 Friday at Rainbow Fields.
LATHROP – On the back of a strong performance on the mound by Oscar Calix, the Lathrop Spartans erupted for 10 runs in a five-inning rout of Rio Vista for their first varsity win Friday.
The Manteca High varsity soccer team wasted little time separating itself from its opening-round opponent of the 2nd Annual Buffalo Cup, blowing past Los Banos in a hurry with a 7-0 win Friday at Guss Schmiedt Field.
RIPON – Mitchell Evans didn't expect to see his Ripon Indians surrender double-digit runs to Modesto's Central Catholic when they squared off Friday afternoon.
The Sierra High girls basketball team turned to its defense to snap a five-game losing streak.
RIPON – Physically, Ed Mulder knew Ellen Blankers would be fine following knee surgery in the spring.
RIPON – The Ripon Christian girls basketball team hasn't had much success this decade against its across-the-street neighbor.
RIPON – Rod Wright and his staff are in charge of the official book, access to the locker rooms and providing a game ball.
Ripon's Tristan Smith and Lathrop's Alex Garcia both finished fourth Saturday in the two-day Tim Brown Memorial Wrestling Tournament at the Jackson Sports Complex in McClellan.
Destiny Flores made two steals in the game's final 30 seconds Saturday to cap off a tremendous East Union comeback and help give the Lancers a thrilling 47-43 win over Ripon in the 5th Annual Hoops for the Cure Classic at Dalben Center.
Lathrop trimmed a 10-point second quarter deficit to three points with 55 seconds left to go in the first half Saturday but three quick Spartans turnovers led to a 12-point halftime lead for host Manteca in a 61-51 Valley Oak League boys basketball win for the Buffaloes at Winter Gymnasium.
Sierra proved up to the challenge in its Valley Oak League encounter with visiting Weston Ranch on Friday.
Manteca's Loretta Kakala could feel the anxiety building before the start of Friday's game.
RIPON - The Ripon Christian High expected a tough fight from visiting Escalon on Friday.
Valley Oak League-leading Sierra took Lathrop's best punch and cruised to a 65-59 victory Thursday night.
STOCKTON - Weston Ranch High orchestrated a 17-0 run in the second quarter while rolling past Kimball Thursday, 74-51.
RIPON - Riverbank survived a second-half charge from Ripon and escaped with a 43-39 overtime win in a pivotal duel between the Trans-Valley League's first-place teams.
Loretta Kakala and the Manteca High girls basketball team dispatched one rival and appear ready for another.
STOCKTON - East Union came prepared for a track meet but left the sprint spikes at home.