RIPON - Ripon nearly went from clinching a share of the Trans-Valley League championship to missing the postseason entirely in a one-week span.
Manteca High's Lucas Vaughn was three outs away from pitching a perfect game in Tuesday's Valley Oak League finale at Sierra.
Kimball scored the go-ahead and insurance runs on an error in the top of the fifth inning, as the Jaguars spoiled East Union's senior day with a 4-2 victory Tuesday.
With the season hanging in the balance, Frank Fontana and the Manteca High tennis team looked to two of its newest players for the pivotal point.
East Union had waited five years to celebrate a Valley Oak League championship, so what was another 30 minutes?
Manteca Park Golf Course was not kind to some of its most frequent patrons Monday.
Ripon High beat out Calaveras on a team playoff hole to capture a second straight Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Tournament championship Monday at Marysville's Peach Tree Golf & Country Club.
Dakota Conners' first error in Valley Oak League play nearly cost Sierra High.
Manteca resident Jessica Burdge completed a stellar junior campaign with the Wagner College women's water polo team this past Saturday, when the Seahawks dropped an 11-6 decision to 12th-ranked Indiana in the NCAA Tournament play-in game.
East Union has a shot at wrapping up its season on a four-game winning streak and with a .500 record in the Valley Oak League following Monday's 6-4 win at Kimball.
Ripon High's coed tennis team had its way with Forest Lake Christian on Monday, blanking the Sierra Delta League champion in Auburn, 9-0.
Jordan Fontanilla and Natalie Griffin stood a little taller than their peers on Saturday afternoon.
A Valley Oak League record almost a decade and a half old was broken and another 1994 mark was almost shattered at Saturday's VOL Swimming Championships as the Ripon boys and girls teams each finished second and claimed nine of the 22 first places.
Bryce Coutrakis finished what he started on Friday by defeating Escalon's Ashton Redberg to capture the Trans Valley League Singles Tournament championship Saturday at the Modesto's SOS Club.
Sierra was playing its seventh game in as many days Monday.
Shannon Wesley led a balanced attack with nine kills, and Emily O'Brien anchored Ripon's defensive effort as the Indians coasted past visiting Sierra 25-16, 25-7, 25-15 in a nonleague match Monday.
No one drew a tougher assignment to start the Valley Oak League boys soccer season than Manteca.
McKenna Doyle became the third different low medalist of the season for Sierra in the team's fourth Valley Oak League match Monday.
The Valley Oak League uses a points-based system to determine its MVP.
Manteca registered its second 9-0 win of the week Thursday when it shut out visiting East Union in Valley Oak League action.
Francisco Cisneros summed up Weston Ranch's final nonleague match of the season in one word:
Los Banos checked into its nonleague match with visiting East Union holding a deceiving 4-6 record.
Jack Miller recently retired from Manteca High, where the History teacher spent more than 30 years as an assistant coach with the football team. Miller was a part of four Sac-Joaquin Section championship teams and was twice voted Best of Manteca's Best Local Coach. Now City of Manteca Hall of Famer pays close attention to his yards, his golf game and granddaughter.
The Manteca High boys soccer team took full advantage of its first practice in nearly a week.
Ripon Christian laughs last.
RIPON - The hole was just too deep for Ripon's volleyball team to climb out of.
East Union's grueling opening week of the season may have done it some good.
Sierra's girls golf team opened the Valley Oak League with a statement Tuesday at Dryden Park Golf Course in Modesto.
East Union's 8-1 victory, its first of the Valley Oak League season, looks one-sided at the surface, but visiting Lathrop made the Lancers work for it on Tuesday.