Manteca High coach Tim Horning sat at the end of the bench, head buried into his hands while his players settled into their seats on the other end of the court between the second and third games.
WESTON RANCH – This Valley Oak League season had been full of firsts for the Weston Ranch Cougars, and if the season were to end today they would be in first-place. But the team's business is far from done, as it took a gigantic step towards their goal with a 3-2 win over Sierra High Tuesday.
Ripon Christian's first stint through the Southern League has become as routine as bumping, setting and spiking.
The Southern League has not treated its newest member too kindly, as the Ripon Christian Knights ran into another one-sided defeat, 8-1 against visiting Gustine Tuesday.
The Manteca High cross-country team made a trip to the coast for the 39th Annual Half Moon Bay Artichoke Cross Country Invitational Saturday, competing against several programs at Half Moon Bay High.
After getting pushed round in two losses to start the match, East Union held a five-point lead with five points to go but couldn't finish the deal in a 3-0 loss to the visiting Oakdale Mustangs Thursday at the Dalben Center.
Weston Ranch mounted spirited comebacks in the first three games, but when intra-district host Sierra High attempted its own in the fourth the Cougars calmly put the finishing touches in their thrilling victory - 25-23, 24-26, 26-24, 25-19.
Manteca High still hasn't gotten over the hump, but coach Tim Horning saw some encouraging things out of his team in a three-game loss - 19-25, 12-25, 18-25 - to Valley Oak League defending champion Sonora Thursday at Winter Gym.
At this point, Ripon High will take goals any way it can get them.
East Union went to work on the Old River Golf Course front nine, beating the Jaguars 220-330 in their Valley Oak League meeting Thursday.
The East Union High varsity girls golf squad improved to 7-0 in the Valley Oak League, defeating Sonora Wednesday at the Manteca Park Golf Course.
East Union High varsity boys soccer squad maintained its first-place hold Wednesday in the Valley Oak League by blanking Sonora, 3-0.
MODESTO – The Sierra High varsity girls cross country team led the pack at Wednesday's Valley Oak League meet at Legion Park.
There were several stretches during Tuesday's Sierra-Manteca volleyball match when the two teams would exchange unforced errors, essentially handing each other free points.
RIPON – It may have taken the Ripon Christian Knights a little longer than planned, but the squad's 5-0 Southern League victory over Turlock Christian Tuesday came at the perfect time.
RIPON - The Valley Oak League's reigning champions started the conference season at Ripon High's Ervin Zador Aquatic Center on Wednesday.
Hughson has the perfect record.
The East Union High girls golf team put together a strong overall performance in the annual Sierra Invitational on Wednesday.
TRACY - Sierra's varsity boys and girls cross country teams are in position to seize Valley Oak League titles after both again went undefeated in ...
Brooke Riley was two strokes shy of tying her own record at the Manteca Park Golf Course front nine in a Valley Oak League dual ...
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Lathrop - Manteca dominated Lathrop in the first two matches and played well enough to win in the third Tuesday with a 25-15, 25-11, 25-17 sweep ...
RIPON - Coming off its first loss of the Southern League season, Gustine visited Ripon Christian on Tuesday and came away with a one-sided 5-0 victory.
Manteca blew two one-on-one opportunities in its 1-0 upset of visiting Sierra but the deciding goal took the unconventional route to the net at Guss ...
The Sierra High Timberwolves suffered a tough Valley Oak League loss to Central Catholic Thursday.
DENAIR - Denair needed just 17 minutes to build a comfortable lead in its 5-2 victory over Ripon Christian on Thursday.
MODESTO - Buried by its own mistakes early on, Manteca dropped a three-game loss (22-25, 23-25, 17-25) at Central Catholic in a battle for sole possession ...
The Manteca High Buffaloes are 9-2 in the Valley Oak League.
HILMAR - The Ripon volleyball team came up short against defending Trans-Valley League champion Hilmar on Wednesday.
Manteca scored three goals before visiting Lathrop even got off a shot Wednesday night in an 8-2 win for the Buffaloes in Valley Oak League ...