LATHROP - For a half, it appeared as if Lathrop would pull off the biggest upset of the Valley Oak League season - even if it were to end in a scoreless tie.
Manteca's scrappy play on the defensive line did well enough to make visiting Sonora's big-hitting front work, but the big hitting was too much.
A twice dislocated kneecap forced John Perez to watch from the stands with the "Wolf Pack" cheering section as Sierra High's football team made history by qualifying for its first Sac-Joaquin Section playoff run.
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LATHROP – Lathrop High School doesn't have to look at a zero in front of its record anymore when talking about the play of their varsity volleyball team.
RIPON – In most soccer matches getting two goals in the first 25 minutes would be enough to edge out a victory.
STOCKTON - The faces might have been different, but the sight around the 18th hole of the Brookside Country Club were quite the same on Tuesday afternoon.
Sierra striker Braian Gomez picked up two more goals to stretch his area-leading total to 27 in Tuesday's 3-0 Valley Oak League home victory over rival East Union.
Manteca High ended its home match run on a high note.
HUGHSON - Larry Keethe called them "crazy rotations."
RIPON - Ripon and Ripon Christian finished in the bottom two of the Valley Foothill League - North Division Tournament at Spring Creek Country Club Monday, but both schools will be represented at next week's Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Tournament.
East Union High's sophomore volleyball team battled tough at its own Dalben Center, but crosstown rival Manteca prevailed in three games - 25-18, 19-25, 15-7.
Manteca High got its offensive spark from an unlikely source Monday at rival East Union's Dalben Center.
Another year, another 14-0 record.
HUGHSON - Destiny was in the hands of the Ripon Indians, but not for long.
East Union freshman Alexis Erich not only delivered a stout performance from the circle on Wednesday, but she also blasted a solo home run as the Lancers extended their unbeaten streak to eight after a 6-2 Valley Oak League victory on the road against Kimball.
Lucas Garcia recorded the first win of the season for East Union, and he also made a game-ending catch in foul territory in front of visiting Lodi's dugout on Wednesday.
East Union coach Todd Dunaway considers Lathrop's track and field team a force to be reckoned with this season after the two teams split their Valley Oak League opener Wednesday.
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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.