Finishing their Valley Oak League series against East Union with a two-game sweep was important to the Manteca Buffaloes, and a complete-game victory from pitcher Matt Barber helped them accomplish that task in a 5-1 win Thursday.
RIPON – Ripon High's softball team grabbed its first Trans Valley League win of the young season, rolling over the Ripon Christian Knights with ease 5-0 Thursday.
After putting a close game out of reach in Tuesday's game, Sierra had to hold tight for the series sweep, finishing off a determined Weston Ranch team 6-3 for the Valley Oak League win Thursday.
RIPON – After a Wednesday practice round where everybody was right where they were supposed to be, the Ripon High golf team was confident about Thursday's Trans Valley League matchup against intracity rival Ripon Christian.
Not being able to grab any traction in their singles matches hurt the Weston Ranch Cougars Thursday afternoon, falling 3-2 to the Sierra Timberwolves in a Valley Oak League intradistrict matchup.
Manteca High's soccer team scored three first-half goals on its way to a convincing 6-2 Valley Oak League win over Central Valley Thursday.
Mike Leland went the distance, striking out four in a 13-1 Sierra High sophomore baseball victory over the visiting Weston Ranch Cougars Thursday.
Two undefeated records fell Wednesday at East Union High's tennis courts.
RIPON – There wasn't a whole lot that Ripon Christian's pitching staff could do wrong coming into its second league game against intracity rival Ripon Wednesday afternoon.
HUGHSON - Both Hughson and Ripon High's soccer teams had something to prove when they clashed Wednesday night in Trans Valley League play.
WESTON RANCH - Sierra High's softball team gave pitcher Gabby Hawkins all the support she needed with a three-run third inning, but the Timberwolves exploded for the rest of their offensive output in the sixth in a 9-1 victory over Weston Ranch Wednesday.
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.
Sonora managed to get one good inning against East Union on Thursday and came away from Agostini Field with a 10-5 non-league baseball win.
Matt Rose edged out Weston Ranch freshman Austin Thao for low-medalist honors and helped Sierra tally its first Valley Oak League win of the season 250-288 Thursday at Van Buskirk Golf Course of Stockton.
Sophomore pitchers Mikayla Bongi, Alexis Erich and Delaney Pamplin combined for a three-inning perfect game, as East Union crushed Edison 11-0 to begin the St. Mary's Tournament at Stockton's Arnaiz Softball Complex on Thursday.
Sierra coach Scott Thomason was money from the 3-point line during his playing days at Pacific.
Scott Thomason wears a classic game-day outfit, and so do the members of his staff: solid colors with a coordinated tie.
GALT – The Ripon Christian girls basketball team stunned No. 1 Woodland Christian Wednesday 52-46 to advance to Sac-Joaquin Section Division 5 finals at Sacramento's Sleep Train Arena.
Manteca passed what head coach Justin Coenenberg called its "biggest test in the preseason so far" Wednesday when the Buffaloes knocked off visiting Tracy, 3-1.
Danielle Danielle Sperry was near-perfect in Ripon's 8-0 shutout of visiting Delhi on Wednesday.
Manteca blanked host Sierra 9-0 to continue its perfect start to the season.
Ripon may have missed out on its only chance at beating the top team in the Trans-Valley League on Wednesday.
Noah Hennecke struck out seven and walked two over six innings for Lodi, while East Union struggled in all facets in a 13-1 loss that went the distance Wednesday at Agostini Field.
SACRAMENTO - Hunter Johnson and Daniel Wyatt weren't at full strength to begin with.
And so the Maria Vazquez era begins at Sierra High.
RIPON – The Ripon High girls soccer team doesn't have the flashy striker with video-game numbers or a fresh Sac-Joaquin Section championship banner blowing in its corner.
SACRAMENTO - It was at this gym two years ago that Weston Ranch missed an opportunity to face Valley Oak League nemesis Sierra for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III championship.