Everything appeared to be in place for the East Union Lancers as they traded shots with the visiting Sonora Wildcats Wednesday night at Dalben Center.
WESTON RANCH – The Valley Oak League wrestling season is off and running and the Weston Ranch Cougars have opened it with high expectations and higher production with a pair of convincing wins over visiting Central Valley and Manteca highs Wednesday.
CERES – Sierra High knows they are flying under the radar, but that doesn't mean the Timberwolves are not flying high after their 67-52 win over the Ceres Bulldogs keeps Sierra atop of the Valley Oak League standings after Wednesday's contests.
OAKDALE – The Sierra Timberwolves knew they were fighting an uphill battle, but they had no idea their Valley Oak League opener would end with a 51-21 and a 64-9 loss to Ceres and Oakdale highs Wednesday.
CERES – Sierra High trailed the Ceres Bulldogs by four heading into the intermission, but a blistering hot third quarter provided the Timberwolves with all the separation they would need in their 59-53 win over the host Bulldogs.
Manteca High's defending Valley Oak League champion boys basketball team began its title defense against visiting Oakdale Tuesday and had little trouble in dispatching the overmatched Mustangs, 55-42.
If there was a perfect way for the three-time defending Valley Oak League champions to tip off their regular season, the Ceres Bulldogs would likely say they witnessed that performance in the East Union Lancers' 52-29 win.
RIPON - Despite holding a five-point lead at halftime, Ripon High watched its lead over Linden dwindle down to a single point midway through the third quarter.
It was not the Sierra Timberwolves' best effort, but it was good enough to push them to a 1-0 mark in Valley Oak League play with a 47-36 home win over the Sonora Wildcats.
OAKDALE - The Manteca Buffaloes held a slim 24-17 halftime lead and never relinquished it during a 45-34 Valley Oak League opening win over the Oakdale Mustangs Tuesday.
Joseph Berry led three scorers in double figures with 14 points, and the Sierra High sophomore boys basketball team repelled the relentless Sonora Wildcats for a 48-47 home win to open the Valley Oak League season.
Manteca High junior Kiwi Gardner could miss a handful of games or forfeit the rest of his athletic eligibility depending on Sac-Joaquin Section sanctions. He will likely not play in tonight's Valley Oak League opener with visiting Oakdale.
Manteca High's boys basketball team opens Valley Oak League play tonight against visiting Oakdale with a pedestrian 7-4 preseason mark, but do not be deceived into believing the Buffaloes are an average squad.
Entering a season with at least a portion of the past three Valley Oak League championships, and four of the past five, would usually make the defending champs the odds-on-favorite to close the season with another one. But the dominance the East Union Lancers have held over their VOL counterparts will hold little merit as the league season gets underway Tuesday for the nine VOL girls basketball programs.
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Ripon freshman goalkeeper Amanda Evans got to play the field during Wednesday's Trans Valley League girls soccer matchup against Modesto Christian.
To notch a hat trick is an accomplishment. To do so in a span of 11 minutes is remarkable, and East Union's Isela Rivera was remarkable Tuesday night in the Lancers' 6-1 shellacking of visiting Sierra in Valley Oak League action at Dino Cunial Field.
RIPON - The seniors came through for Ripon in its Trans-Valley League opener against Escalon on Tuesday.
Three underclassmen were instrumental in Ripon Christian winning its Southern League opener and snapping a four-game losing streak.
The Manteca High boys tennis team continued its dominant start to the Valley Oak League season Tuesday with a 9-0 shutout of visiting Oakdale.
Sierra kept its streak of double-digit run totals alive Monday with its 10-2 battering of visiting Buhach Colony, but the Timberwolves (5-2) have been pitching and catching well, too.
RIPON – The Ripon Christian girls basketball team defended its title. So did star guard Teagan Manus.
Three NCAA Division I signees put their talents on display in Turlock on Monday.
Ripon and Ripon Christian's boys golf teams continued their early-season streak of good play Monday in the Yellow Jacket Invitational hosted by Hilmar High at Stevinson Ranch Golf Club.
The Ripon High softball team will take some momentum going into Tuesday's Trans-Valley League opener against Escalon.
Sierra sophomore goalie Emma Broderick didn't let the pressure of an overtime shootout take over during the championship of the Vern Gebhardt Cup against Tracy at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium Saturday.
RIPON - Teagan Manus was dribbling a ball with her hands just a couple of days ago.
WESTON RANCH – Kimball's Samantha Sarmiento and Llesenia Torres were primarily responsible for dealing Weston Ranch a 9-3 loss to open up Valley Oak League play on Friday.
East Union sophomore catcher Alejandra Rascon continued her stellar hitting during Friday's Valley Oak League opener against Lathrop at the Northgate Softball Complex.