There were a few upsets along the way, but for the most part, the Valley Oak League singles tournament went pretty much as expected Tuesday at East Union High.
WESTON RANCH - Matt Barber's mound appearances all season have been short, be it as a starter or a reliever.
Justin Dias insisted on pitching East Union's sophomore baseball game against Sierra Tuesday at Agostini Field, and he came through.
SACRAMENTO - What doesn't this kid do well?
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.
A common gripe among boat owners is the dependability of their engines.
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.