OAKDALE - Manteca High's girls soccer team was under a minute away from maintaining its slender lead over Sierra in the Valley Oak League standings in a pivotal showdown with Oakdale Tuesday.
By JASON CAMPBELL
OAKDALE – Manteca High had an opportunity to pull in a piece of the first Valley Oak League championship in 25 years, but the Buffaloes were only able to come close in a 4-1 loss to the Oakdale Mustangs Tuesday.
RIPON – The Ripon Indians scored early and often, building a 6-0 lead after just three innings, on their way to an 11-4 Trans Valley League victory over Ripon Christian Monday.
CERES - Brock Swift pitched his second straight complete game, and the East Union High sophomore baseball team helped him out with a five-run third inning to beat Ceres 6-3 Tuesday.
RIPON - Ripon High's 7-0 girls soccer win over Ripon Christian may be routine for some, but there was significance behind Monday's Trans Valley League contest.
Cherie DeJesus had a day to remember, but she isn't forgetting about her one mistake.
LATHROP - Lathrop High's first-ever Valley Oak League varsity win nearly came at the expense of coach Randy Baltazar's former team.
MODESTO - For the first time in Trans Valley League dual-match play, Ripon High standout Andrew Bonner was not the medalist.
East Union High's sophomore softball team overcame an early 4-0 deficit to beat rival Manteca 11-9 at Northgate Softball Complex Monday.
FRESNO - Sierra High junior Alex Nuanez is used to facing wrestlers bigger and older than him, but he took the experience to another level this past weekend in the Greco Roman State Championships this past weekend at Selland Arena.
The Sierra High girls swimming team came just six points shy of taking the Valley Oak League Championship meet crown, falling to Oakdale High 132-126 in the eight-team league finale at Sierra High Saturday.
SONORA – An early drive to Sonora is never bad, when the return trip includes an 8-4 Valley Oak League win over the Wildcats. That was the case in East Union's league win over Sonora Saturday.
Manteca High pitcher and leadoff hitter Matt Barber made good on only half of his promise to coach Gene Ballardo Friday.
Jonathan Davis sheered a 5-0 Oakdale High lead to 5-2 with a towering home run down the right field line in the fourth inning, but the Mustangs would answer with three more and held Sierra quiet in an 8-2 Valley Oak League sweep Friday.
Manteca swept East Union to open Valley Oak League play.
Noah Lehmann has a knack for being at the right place at the right time, the deceptive speed to blow by defenders and the requisite finishing touch of a striker.
Manteca returned to its winning ways Thursday when it dispatched visiting Sierra, 6-3.
Sierra remains on the heels of Valley Oak League-leading East Union after notching a decisive 242-271 win over Central Catholic at Manteca Park Golf Course Thursday.
Central Catholic remains in the driver's seat for the Valley Oak League championship after the conference's newest member knocked off defending titlist Manteca 6-3 for a second time this season.
LATHROP - With just two goals scored in the game's first 60 minutes, Manteca and Lathrop combined for three in a five-minute span in Wednesday's Valley Oak League contest at Bennie Gatto Field.
Ripon was undaunted by its first Trans-Valley League assignment Wednesday.
Weston Ranch coach Francisco Cisneros could sense the frustration mounting from his Cougars in the first half of their Valley Oak League match at Oakdale on wednesday.
Brooke Riley capped off an impressive week Wednesday, shooting 5-under-par 31 on the links-style front nine at Tracy's Old River Golf Course, as East Union continued its Valley Oak League title defense with a 205-225 win against host Kimball.
Taylor Bays can serve. And she can dig, too.
RIPON - Nothing is coming easy in what is shaping up to be a competitive Southern League boys soccer season.
East Union kept host Weston Ranch on its heels thanks to big serving runs from Jordyn Posz and Destiny Flores.
The weather is expected to cooperate for today's Valley Oak League rematch between Manteca and Central Catholic, which was originally postponed because of rain last Thursday.
Brooke Riley's round didn't end as well as she had hoped during East Union's Valley Oak League dual match at Oakdale Golf and Country Club on Tuesday.
Scoring was at a premium Saturday when the Manteca Jr. Timberwolves junior novice squad locked up with the Tracy Jr. Bulldogs, who prevailed 6-0 in Delta Youth Football League action.