A sullen overcast sagged over Sierra High Saturday as the league's elite did battle in the Timberwolves' chlorine, but the mood around the pool was anything but dreary at the Valley Oak League Championships.
The ever-changing Valley Oak League will undergo another transformation, and Ripon Christian will leave behind familiar foes the Trans Valley League come 2010 after the Sac-Joaquin Section Board of Managers approved a realignment proposal Wednesday at Elkhorn Country Club in Stockton.
The postseason has arrived, and with it comes another opportunity for the Valley Oak League's best to shine and a chance for a few unheralded newcomers to make a name for themselves.
May Day brought plenty of rain to the Manteca area Friday afternoon and it washed away the entirety of the local high school sports schedule.
Sierra High shook off a lifeless start Thursday at home to rally from a three-run deficit and earn a 6-4 win over Central Valley.
Manteca's four seniors exited the field with two minutes remaining to much-deserved applause.
WESTON RANCH - Nicole Vanni hit the half-century mark with two more goals, and Sierra wrapped up a dominating run through the Valley Oak League season with an 8-0 win over Weston Ranch Thursday.
CERES - With a second straight Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV postseason appearance no longer a possibility, East Union still showed some fight in nearly overcoming a six-run deficit but fell 13-12 to Ceres Thursday in eight innings.
SONORA - Either heads or tails will determine Manteca's postseason destiny.
East Union freshman softball coach Ron Kackley had never beaten Tracy High.
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As if the gridlock atop the Valley Oak League standings could get any more perplexing, Sierra High claimed a huge piece of the potential playoff pie Wednesday night with a 1-0 upset of first-place East Union at Northgate Park.
RIPON- Hughson hadn't scored a goal against Ripon in two seasons entering a meaningless late-season Trans Valley League tilt at Mistlin Park Wednesday.
WESTON RANCH - Manteca wrapped up a textbook 16-3 win over Weston Ranch Wednesday with a seven-spot in the fifth inning.
RIPON - Zach Evans plated Ripon's first run with a leadoff homer in the sixth.
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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.
RIPON - Teagan Manus was dribbling a ball with her hands just a couple of days ago.
WESTON RANCH – Kimball's Samantha Sarmiento and Llesenia Torres were primarily responsible for dealing Weston Ranch a 9-3 loss to open up Valley Oak League play on Friday.
East Union sophomore catcher Alejandra Rascon continued her stellar hitting during Friday's Valley Oak League opener against Lathrop at the Northgate Softball Complex.