Spotted a one-run lead early and backed by a rare defensive gem by her Manteca High teammates, Mariah Navarro had the most confidence she's had in the pitcher's circle all season going into the top of the seventh inning against visiting rival Sierra.
SONORA - The fun now begins for Sierra High's soccer team, which blew out Sonora 8-0 Monday at Dunlavy Field.
Sierra High softball ace Gabby Hawkins has given East Union fits over the past two years, even outdueling four-time Bulletin All-Area MVP Erin Arevalo, now a starter for the University of Georgia, in a 3-2 upset win in 2008.
Less than a month ago, Tyler Goslinga's high school athletic career closed in the California Interscholastic Federation State Championships, but Friday Goslinga took the first steps in a new career when he accepted a scholarship to play basketball for the Fresno Pacific University Sunbirds.
LATHROP - Offense was the Manteca High softball team's best defense in Friday's 13-4 Valley Oak League win against Lathrop.
SALIDA – Modesto Christian starter Nathan O'Leary put together another dominant performance, holding Ripon High to just four hits in a complete-game win Friday in Trans Valley League action.
SONORA – It what has become customary in Sierra High baseball games, the Timberwolves battled with Sonora High for seven innings, but could not get the runs they needed in a 2-1 Valley Oak League loss Friday.
PATTERSON - Manteca High's boys and girls swim teams each improved to 7-2 in the Valley Oak League after defeating Patterson and Ripon Friday.
East Union High's softball team struck first with a run in the second, but Sierra countered by connecting with the bigger blows in a 7-3 win at Northgate Softball Complex Friday.
Manuel Pires called his Sierra High soccer team "a work in progress" following a huge 3-0 victory over visiting rival Manteca Thursday.
When Justin Dias narrowly missed a grand slam to tie things up in the bottom of the seventh, East Union got a timely single from Joe Modesto to send the game into extra innings. But a leadoff double from Oakdale High's Kody Simmons in the top of the eighth would be the difference maker, as Oakdale plated a run and sneaked off with an 8-7 Valley Oak League win Thursday.
CERES – The Central Valley Hawks battled valiantly for seven innings, but the squad was unable to score a run, falling to the Manteca Buffaloes 1-0 in Valley Oak League action Thursday at Central Valley.
East Union's Sac-Joaquin Section postseason hopes took a significant hit after dropping a tough 3-2 decision to the always-dangerous Weston Ranch Cougars Thursday.
STOCKTON - Kyle Harman's 2-over-par 38 led the way for East Union, which breezed past Weston Ranch 212-260 in Valley Oak League action Thursday at Van Buskirk Golf Course.
After coping with a loss that cost the club primary ownership of first place in the Valley Oak League, East Union responded by hammering the Sonora Wildcats 12-1 in VOL action Thursday.
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.