An upset appeared to be in the making during the first 20 minutes of Monday's Weston Ranch-East Union girls soccer match at Dino Cunial Field.
Over a 10-day period in the last week and a half, three different girls soccer teams had sole possession of first place in the Valley Oak League, and defending champion Sierra High wasn't one of them heading into Friday's marquee matchup at rival East Union.
Every piece of Brian Goulart's puzzle fit perfectly in place, and junior Kelsey Emerson left little doubt as to who was his most important piece. Emerson turned in a performance for the ages, going the distance in the circle and connecting on a three-run homer in a 14-3 blowout of Manteca High Friday.
Leadoff hitter Iyana Hughes scored both of Sierra's runs early, and Allison Walljasper and the defense took care of the rest in a key 2-1 Valley Oak League win over visiting Oakdale High Thursday.
The East Union High boys golf team suffered another heartbreaking Valley Oak League loss against Oakdale.
Nothing is settled yet, and that's exactly how East Union's boys tennis team is playing it as the Valley Oak League season nears the end.
RIPON – When Escalon forward Alex Gonzales nailed the crossbar with just over two minutes remaining it seemed like the Ripon High girls soccer team was well on its way to the huge Trans Valley League win. Only Gonzales was not done, trickling a header in off a direct kick and allowing Escalon to sneak out with the 1-1 tie.
Before the Sierra Timberwolves came to the plate in the frist inning they were looking up at the Oakdale Mustangs 2-0. Sierra answered with a Dylan DeBrouwer run in their at bat, but the Timberwolves would get no closer in Oakdale's 12-1 Valley Oak League thumping of Sierra Thursday.
LATHROP – Steven Gigli allowed just one hit in four innings of work against the Spartans on Wednesday.
The Manteca High soccer team knew what they had to do when they met up with the Weston Ranch Cougars, and the Buffaloes were able to take care of business in a 3-0 Valley Oak League win Wednesday.
Sam Dhaliwal and Marcus Munoz dropped the deciding sets in Manteca High's two Valley Oak League boys tennis losses, and on Tuesday the No. 2 doubles tandem had an opportunity to make up for it.
The East Union Lancers helped boost their team confidence, putting on an offensive and defensive clinic in a 14-0 Valley Oak League softball victory over the visiting Lathrop Spartans Tuesday.
Whenever Manteca High and East Union meet up in any sport the likeliness of an outstanding performance from somewhere is pretty much expected, and that was the case for Tuesday's 208-235 Valley Oak League victory for East Union.
Manteca High's girls soccer team got its revenge Monday, beating upstart Kimball of Tracy 3-1 at Guss Schmiedt Field.
It may go down as the longest out of East Union High's baseball season.
RIPON - Ripon High's swim team celebrated Senior Day and another Valley Oak League championship for the girls on Thursday.
It has been seven years since Sierra last won a Valley Oak League championship, the longest title drought under longtime coach Manuel Pires.
It was a celebration of sorts for two East Union High teammates.
LATHROP - With a top of the lineup that went a combined 10 for 14 with eight RBI and Marco Gonzales dominating from the hill, East ...
MODESTO - Manteca's lead in the Valley Oak League keeps getting wider, even if it takes some close calls to get the Buffaloes to where ...
Christian Guzman did all he could to give Lathrop a chance, but his 2-over-39 score was not enough as the Spartans were nipped by Manteca ...
Valley Oak League softball games are tough, but Manteca intra-city games are tougher.
Weston Ranch senior point guard Jaelen Ragsdale has been recognized as the top Division III player in the state by Cal-Hi Sports.
TRACY - Sophomore Christian Guzman finished 2-under 34, and Lathrop set a new team record Tuesday in its 227-240 victory over Sierra at Old River Golf ...
OAKDALE - Manteca High freshman Solmon Aniss qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II Individual Tournament with his third-place finish in the Valley Oak League Singles ...
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Manuel Pires wiped his forehead with the back of his hand, smiled and breathed a sigh of relief.
RIPON - Travis Vander Molen looked at his tragic knee injury as a blessing in disguise.
There was no letting up from Sierra this time around.
A two-out error in the first inning led to three additional runs for Manteca, and visiting Sierra was unable to close that gap and lost ...