East Union High's soccer team was on solid ground as the Valley Oak League's first-place team going into the week.
East Union head coach Eryn Bowers was in disbelief as her Lancers blew an early two games to none lead over Manteca High, needing a come-from-behind fifth game thriller to sneak away from Manteca High with a 3-2 win Tuesday in Valley Oak League action.
Very little has changed throughout an illustrious Valley Oak League run for the Weston Ranch Cougars, and the theme continued in a 5-0 VOL win over the Manteca Buffaloes Tuesday at Weston Ranch.
Members of the Southern League likely have no clue what has hit them since the Ripon Christian Knights showed up on the scene playing unbeatable volleyball, and the group continued to roll in a one-sided victory over the Waterford Wildcats Tuesday.
The struggles for Ripon Christian's soccer program continued, as the Knights were stopped 3-0 by Waterford High Tuesday in Sothern League soccer Tuesday.
When it was all said and done, the Sierra Timberwolves realized that they could play with visiting East Union, but that fact did not amount to any wins as the Lancers swept in Valley Oak League action Wednesday.
East Union High's Jordan Kron made a splash last year as a freshman athlete making big contributions for the school's varsity basketball and baseball teams.
The Valley Oak League's top girls golf team appears to be getting better.
Weston Ranch High has its first-ever Valley Oak League championship girls tennis team after the Cougars defeated Kimball 4-1at home Thursday.
Ripon High had the shots, but the only ones that matter are the ones that go in.
Co-head coach Brian Goulart was anxious to see how his East Union High girls golf team would perform in Wednesday's Sierra Invitational - the Lancers' first and last 18-hole event of the season before the Valley Oak League Championships.
The Manteca Buffaloes wanted to come out aggressively and that is exactly what the squad did in a 3-0 Valley Oak League win over Kimball High Wednesday.
Things went according to plan for the Ripon Indians Wednesday in their Trans Valley League match with Riverbank High, as they stopped the Bruins with relative ease in a 25-13, 25-12 and 25-12 win at Ripon High.
Manteca High coach Tim Horning sat at the end of the bench, head buried into his hands while his players settled into their seats on the other end of the court between the second and third games.
WESTON RANCH – This Valley Oak League season had been full of firsts for the Weston Ranch Cougars, and if the season were to end today they would be in first-place. But the team's business is far from done, as it took a gigantic step towards their goal with a 3-2 win over Sierra High Tuesday.
STOCKTON – Weston Ranch and Lathrop could only combine for eight first-quarter points Thursday but the Cougars went on a roll the rest of the way and defeated the visiting Spartans 55-26 in Valley Oak League girls basketball action.
OAKDALE – It was about this time last year that Olivia Vezaldenos and the East Union girls basketball team began their playoff push.
HUGHSON – Ripon Christian kept its perfect Trans-Valley League record intact but may have lost a key player in the process.
LATHROP – Jaelen Ragsdale had his best performance in weeks on a night when Lathrop star Isaiah Ellis struggled just to stay on the court.
The Lathrop wrestling team swept its Valley Oak League double-dual meet with Weston Ranch and Kimball on Wednesday.
RIPON – Sean Broker burrowed down in the post, a tree standing tall above the Tribe. Austin Alger danced around the perimeter.
The Sierra High girls basketball team turned to its defense to snap a five-game losing streak.
RIPON – Physically, Ed Mulder knew Ellen Blankers would be fine following knee surgery in the spring.
RIPON – The Ripon Christian girls basketball team hasn't had much success this decade against its across-the-street neighbor.
RIPON – Rod Wright and his staff are in charge of the official book, access to the locker rooms and providing a game ball.
Ripon's Tristan Smith and Lathrop's Alex Garcia both finished fourth Saturday in the two-day Tim Brown Memorial Wrestling Tournament at the Jackson Sports Complex in McClellan.
Destiny Flores made two steals in the game's final 30 seconds Saturday to cap off a tremendous East Union comeback and help give the Lancers a thrilling 47-43 win over Ripon in the 5th Annual Hoops for the Cure Classic at Dalben Center.
Lathrop trimmed a 10-point second quarter deficit to three points with 55 seconds left to go in the first half Saturday but three quick Spartans turnovers led to a 12-point halftime lead for host Manteca in a 61-51 Valley Oak League boys basketball win for the Buffaloes at Winter Gymnasium.
Sierra proved up to the challenge in its Valley Oak League encounter with visiting Weston Ranch on Friday.
Manteca's Loretta Kakala could feel the anxiety building before the start of Friday's game.