It could have been the unusually cold weather, or the lack of practice time outdoors because of the recent rainstorms.
Manteca's baseball team again pitched well enough to win, but lapses elsewhere led to another non-league loss, this time by a tough-to-swallow 3-2 margin in eight innings to visiting Pitman of Turlock Monday.
The East Union High tennis team's delayed start to the Valley Oak League season ended up being worth the wait.
Tracy High's sophomore baseball team did all the damage it needed to inflict in the second inning when it rallied for 11 runs to upend host East Union 12-3 Monday.
The Sierra High track and field program invited nearly 30 programs to participate in the 12th Annual Tom Moore relays and it was the Timberwolves who looked most impressive, winning the varsity boys meet and taking second in varsity girls action for an impressive team finish Saturday at the recently completed track in Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
The Manteca High varity soccer program is off to a grand start when it comes to accomplishing its goals, winning its 2nd Annual Buff Cup tournament title with a convincing 4-0 win over Bret Harte Saturday at Guss Schmiedt Field.
RIVERBANK – The season is just getting underway, but East Union High's softball squad is pretty close to mid-season form after continuing its dominance in the Ceres Tournament with two victories and a pool play championship Saturday at Rainbow Fields.
MODESTO – Manteca High's varsity baseball ran out of time in its Johansen Tournament 5-5 tie against Los Banos, but simply did not play well in a 7-3 loss to host Johansen Saturday in preseason play.
SACRAMENTO - "Tiger Claws" were never unsheathed.
BAKERSFIELD - Bob Blanco theatrical reenactment of a takedown at the edge of the mat inside Rabobank Arena left Sierra High junior Alex Nuanez with a small glimmer of hope, but the official would not change his stance, signaling an end to area wrestling as the last of three Mantecans saw his season come to a close.
SACRAMENTO - It was a bittersweet end to the Ripon Christian boys basketball team's run through the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V playoffs for the Vander Molens.
RIVERBANK – The East Union High softball team opened its season as well as the Ceres Tournament hitting on all cylinders, handling Patterson High 3-1 before taking the nightcap from Modesto Christian 6-1 Friday at Rainbow Fields.
LATHROP – On the back of a strong performance on the mound by Oscar Calix, the Lathrop Spartans erupted for 10 runs in a five-inning rout of Rio Vista for their first varsity win Friday.
The Manteca High varsity soccer team wasted little time separating itself from its opening-round opponent of the 2nd Annual Buffalo Cup, blowing past Los Banos in a hurry with a 7-0 win Friday at Guss Schmiedt Field.
RIPON – Mitchell Evans didn't expect to see his Ripon Indians surrender double-digit runs to Modesto's Central Catholic when they squared off Friday afternoon.
With help from East Union, Weston Ranch finds itself comfortably ahead of the pack at the midway point of the Valley Oak League boys soccer season.
Jacqui Uecker collected 12 kills, seven digs, two aces and a block to help Ripon ward off Riverbank 25-12, 10-25, 25-12, 25-16 in a Trans-Valley League volleyball match on Monday.
Manteca kept up a relentless attack from the opening kickoff to the final buzzer Friday and defeated host Lathrop 48-6 in Valley Oak League sophomore action at Bennie Gatto Field.
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.