Sierra High's upstart softball team hoped to make a statement Tuesday when it opened the Valley Oak League season at Oakdale, home of the two-time defending champion.
Even with one of the most impressive individual rounds of the young season, East Union fell a few strokes short in a 206-209 loss to Oakdale in Valley Oak League play Tuesday.
The East Union and Manteca high school boys golf teams showed some rust in their first match back from spring break Monday at Manteca Park Golf Course.
For the first time in a few seasons, several of the teams in the Valley Oak League will begin the treacherous home-home series' with the chance of winning the championship. Sure, every year coaches tell their kids to play for a championship, only this season those coaches believe they have a shot.
Manteca's three high school softball teams share one common trait this year; they're all young - very young.
Airenne Curry's goal in the 8th minute was all Manteca High's girls soccer team needed in a 2-0 road win at Weston Ranch Monday, which evens the Buffaloes' Valley Oak League record to 1-1.
Opening the contest by jumping on its opponents first has not been the case for Lathrop High, but the Spartans were able to do just that against Bear Creek yet could not keep pace in a 14-4 non-league baseball loss to the Bruins Friday.
RIPON – Throughout the first 40 minutes the Ripon Christian girls soccer team failed to convert on a handful of relatively easy goal conversions, but its luck would change in the second half cruising to a 4-0 Southern League victory Thursday.
The Manteca Buffaloes wanted to close out its non-league schedule playing good baseball and winning ball games ,and the group has accomplished that feat, handling Argonaut High with ease in a 7-1 win Thursday on the road.
Sierra High's boys tennis team appears to have righted the ship after opening the Valley Oak League season with a tiebreaking loss to Kimball of Tracy last week.
Nick Olmo was worried his Sierra softball team would be rusty after taking nearly a full week off from action in Thursday's non-league finale at Linden High.
It came down to the final minutes, but the tone was set at the start of the Sierra High girls soccer team's 3-2 loss to visiting Oakdale in the Valley Oak League opener Wednesday.
The 2011 Lions All-Star Football Game rosters for the North and South teams were announced, and four area standouts will get the opportunity to close their high school football careers in the marquee Central Valley event amongst the best players in the area.
With the Ripon Christian Knights no longer in the Trans Valley League, Escalon will have the sour taste of its two-stroke 224-226 loss to the Knights in its mouth for the remainder of the season.
With mere days remaining before the start of the Valley Oak League season, the Manteca High baseball team got a good send off from starting pitcher Matt Burrows, who went seven innings scattering four hits in a 5-2 Manteca win over Stagg High Tuesday in Stockton.
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.
Emery Sipe's conventional 3-point play with 1.4 seconds to go lifted host Oakdale to a dramatic 39-37 win over Lathrop on Wednesday.
Sierra's wrestling team had a good showing at Central Catholic in a Valley Oak League double-dual meet Wednesday but settled for a split. The Timberwolves first topped Lathrop 51-27 before coming up short against the host Raiders, 48-30.
All-Area Girls Golfer of the Year Brooke Riley has committed to Northwestern, one of the top Division I women's golf programs in the nation.
In a first-place battle of teams with similar strengths, experience and Hunter Johnson proved to be the difference for reigning Valley Oak League champion Sierra.
Jourdy Richter drained five 3s and scored a season-high 22 points, and the Ripon girls basketball team had its best offensive game of the season in a 66-26 thrashing of visiting Hilmar on Tuesday.
Ripon Christian boys basketball coach Ron Vander Molen employed various zone defenses with hopes of neutralizing visiting Riverbank's speed advantage in their Trans-Valley League contest Tuesday.
Weston Ranch boys basketball coach Chris Teevan studied his scorebook, marveling at the balance.
SAN JOSE (AP) - The San Jose Sharks have placed forward Tommy Wingels and defenseman Justin Braun on injured reserve.