RIPON - After Tuesday's nerve-wracking, five-game barnburner against Escalon, Ripon had what was a nice breather by comparison on Thursday.
The last time Manteca and Weston Ranch met on the court, it came down to the last match.
The East Union Lancers were seemingly on their way to keeping their season-long winning streak alive, but the Manteca High soccer frosh-soph squad had other plans, putting together a flawless second half for a come-from-behind 3-2 at Dino Cunial Field.
Sierra and East Union's freshman football squads played their opener Thursday at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium. Results and game information will be printed in the Bulletin's Sunday edition.
Three months ago the Sierra Timberwolves didn't know who its starting quarterback would be.
East Union is 2-1.
Everything finally fell into place for the Sierra High volleyball team during a convincing 3-0 win over the Lathrop Spartans. Sierra was forced to put the lingering effects of back-to-back Valley Oak League losses out of its system and try and pull their unit back on the right track.
The Sierra High girls golf team got solid play from its top players and improved to an impressive 8-1 in Valley Oak League play with their home win over the Sonora Wildcats Wednesday at Manteca Park Golf Course.
RIPON – It didn't take Erik Anaya more than five minutes before he found the back of the net and give Ripon its early lead over the Hughson Huskies Wednesday afternoon.
Sierra High's sophomore volleyball team evened its Valley Oak League record to 3-3 with a 2-1 victory over the Lathrop Spartans. The Timberwolves and Spartans battled valiantly in the contest, yet it was Sierra who was able to pull out the win in the final game.
RIPON - Cheyann Deprue said she took a conservative approach when Ripon teammate Kelsey Johnston set up the final play of the Indians' riveting Trans Valley League match with Escalon Tuesday.
Led by Freshman Erick Noriega's two-0goal effort, the Sierra varsity soccer team improved its Valley Oak League standing with a 10-0 victory over the Lathrop Spartans on Tuesday.
CERES - East Union head coach Julia Bylow thought her Lancers matched up well with Central Valley Tuesday.
OAKDALE – Even with the wind the East Union varsity girls manage to make things happen.
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.
Manteca swept East Union to open Valley Oak League play.