Both the Manteca and Sierra softball teams looked on top of their games Wednesday at Sierra High where the host Timberwolves prevailed 4-0.
Sierra's defending Valley Oak League champion girls team was coming off a heartbreaking loss to Oakdale. The boys, meanwhile, simply couldn't match the Mustangs' depth and all-around talent.
RIPON – Josh Richter led the way for the Indians Wednesday in a 218-238 loss to Escalon, shooting a 41 at Oakdale Country Club.
The Manteca High sophomore softball team won its fifth straight Valley Oak League contest Wednesday, a 7-4 road win over Sierra.
MODESTO - Modesto Junior College hosted its annual Modesto Invitational Saturday and track athletes from Weston Ranch, Manteca and East Union were on hand to compete.
Walk, bunt and let the big boppers bop.
The offense was as impressive as the defense was sloppy for both sides Friday afternoon in an 18-8 Buffaloes win over Weston Ranch at Manteca High.
It was just another day, another victory for Sierra High's reigning Valley Oak League champion girls team.
RIVERBANK - Ripon senior hurler Michael Conway needed just 62 pitches to finish off a complete-game, one-hitter Friday afternoon in a 4-0 win at Riverbank.
Kelsey Emmerson was at her best with the bases loaded.
Oakdale capitalized on its opportunities, and East Union didn't.
RIPON - What went up went down fast for Ripon.
After Gabby Hawkins allowed just four hits in a 1-0 loss to Ceres Friday afternoon at Sierra High, Timberwolves head coach Nick Olmo called the Bulldogs the Valley Oak League team to beat.
So far, so good for East Union.
And the hits just keep on coming.
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.