SONORA – Not even the long drive or the altitude change could stop the Sierra High track and field machine from firing on all cylinders.
STOCKTON - Nick Gonzales led all players with a six-under-par 42 and spearheaded Manteca High's golf team to a close 247-256 win over host Weston Ranch at Van Buskirk Golf Course Wednesday.
LATHROP - East Union High's sophomore softball team took control early on, leading by five runs after two innings en route to an 11-1 victory over Lathrop in its first Valley Oak League contest of the season Wednesday.
Pressure situations are nothing new to East Union freshman Jordan Kron, who led the school's varsity basketball team in scoring this past winter after contributing to USA Baseball's under-14 gold-medal finish in the Pan-Am Championships in the fall.
WESTON RANCH - Manteca High's soccer team left its Valley Oak League contest with Weston Ranch with a 4-3 win, but the squad's performance was less than impressive.
WESTON RANCH – Contrary to what the score depicts, the Sierra Timberwolves found themselves interlocked in a Valley Oak League battle with Weston Ranch High for four innings, but disaster struck over the final three frames in an 18-1 Sierra victory Tuesday.
Sierra's Kevin Rausa continues to roll.
OAKDALE – The three-time defending Valley Oak League champion Sierra Timberwolves experienced something that they are not accustomed to, as they were upended by the Oakdale Mustangs in both boys and girls action Tuesday at Royce Memorial Pool.
The Sierra Timberwolves were able to tack on a pair in the bottom of the seventh inning, but it would not be enough in their 3-2 Valley Oak League loss to Oakdale Tuesday.
It was business as usual for the Sierra Timberwolves, cruising to an easy 206-258 win over the Manteca Buffaloes Tuesday at Manteca Golf Course.
What started out to be a nip-and-tuck pitchers' duel got out of hand early at Manteca High's varsity baseball diamond Tuesday.
WESTON RANCH - Alexandra Alvarado didn't get to start the game, but she got to finish it.
Sierra High's girls soccer team kicked off the first of a brutal three-game stretch this week with Monday's 8-0 blowout of visiting Sonora.
RIPON - For a half, Ripon Christian's girls soccer team gave reigning Trans Valley League champion Ripon all it could handle at Park View Elementary Monday.
Sierra High's baseball team did all of its damage early and rode the arms of three pitchers the rest of the way in its 3-1 non-league win over visiting Stagg of Stockton Monday.
Mahir Pepic asked Manteca High head coach Rick Cuevas to bark out his time while nearing the 2-mile mark at the Eagal Lakes Resort 3.1-mile course.
Ripon showed no drop off with reserves getting ample playing time in Wednesday's three-game rout (25-11, 25-15, 25-12) of visiting Modesto Christian.
STOCKTON - The Weston Ranch volleyball team is hitting its stride.
East Union plans to throw it back to the 1970s, when losses were hard to come by and names like Herrera and Taylor were still at the forefront of the football program.
Manteca held its own against Central Catholic and nearly forced a fifth set in a 25-19, 13-25, 21-25, 24-26 Valley Oak League loss Tuesday in Modesto.
Ripon Christian secured the outright claim to the Southern League championship with Tuesday's 2-0 victory at Denair.
Vista del Lago and Christian Brothers players took turns taking pictures with their prizes on the 18th green at Manteca Park Golf Course.
Ripon had two golfers finish in the top 10 in Monday's Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Tournament held at Micke Grove Golf Links, but both played their final round of the season.
It all comes down to Wednesday's winner-take-all Valley Oak League finale between cross-town foes Manteca and East Union.
Sealy McAdams and Elizabeth Tolbert's last two matches in Thursday's Valley Oak League Doubles Tournament held at East Union had entirely different endings.
Alyssa Burch hosted another block party at Manteca High's Winter Gym on Thursday.
Orestimba scored the first and final goals, but Ripon Christian did more than enough damage in between to leave Newman with a 5-2 victory and at least a share of the Southern League championship.
Injury-hampered Ripon gave up two second-half goals by Ulises Ramirez on set pieces and are now in danger of not repeating as league champions no thanks to Thursday's 2-0 loss at Escalon.
Gerardo Romero scored two goals and assisted another in East Union's 4-1 triumph at Sierra on Wednesday.
Weston Ranch's coronation looked as if it was going to be delayed.