It's a pivotal week for area schools in the Valley Oak League.
The Sierra Timberwolves hauled in a one-sided 117-51 girls victory Thursday, but the boys came up short 85-79 to visiting Ripon High in the two clubs' Valley Oak League swim meet, falling in the final race for the difference.
Brandon Manville picked up a tennis racquet for the first time this past summer.
In a replay of the Valley Oak League's most pivotal rematch, the Manteca High School outlasted host Oakdale in an eight-inning battle that saw the Buffaloes explode for five in the bonus frame of a 6-1 win Thursday.
Sierra's boys track and field team was expected to clinch at least share of its second straight Valley Oak League title, and fifth in seven years, Thursday at Oakdale High.
In a clash between the top two teams in the Valley Oak League, Sierra High maintained the top spot by defeating second-place Kimball in Tracy Thursday, 4-1.
If it wasn't for bad luck, the East Union Lancers wouldn't have any.
Brennon Williams could have been the hero the last time he and the Oakdale High baseball team visited Manteca, but he was robbed of the opportunity.
Will C. Wood High of Vacaville returned home with the Tony Horton Golf Invitational's team and individual championships Wednesday at Manteca Park Golf Course.
After hauling in at least a portion of the 2011 Valley Oak League championship with a 5-0 win over the Lathrop Spartans Tuesday, the East Union tennis players simply stuck around for some extra work. The Lancers will have to stop the Sierra Timberwolves Thursday for the outright crown, and that will be the only thing to get the group a taste of satisfaction.
The Navarro family waited eight years for this moment, but Manteca High's softball program as a whole has waited even longer.
The spring showers won't seem to go away.
East Union boys tennis coach Ron Bylow is taking a lesson from some of the past weekend's first-round NBA playoff upsets.
An upset appeared to be in the making during the first 20 minutes of Monday's Weston Ranch-East Union girls soccer match at Dino Cunial Field.
Over a 10-day period in the last week and a half, three different girls soccer teams had sole possession of first place in the Valley Oak League, and defending champion Sierra High wasn't one of them heading into Friday's marquee matchup at rival East Union.
Coming off a loss at Oakdale, East Union's boys golf team got back on track Tuesday by routing Manteca 219-275 at Manteca Park Golf Course.
The Ripon boys and girls swim teams tallied their first wins in the Valley Oak League season Tuesday, toppling visiting Weston Ranch. The Indians won every race.
Joshua Patton was named All-Valley Oak League MVP for a second straight season, only this time he gets to share the honor with a friend.
After ruling the Southern League for three of its four years there, Ripon Christian's boys basketball team returned to the Trans-Valley League this past winter to reign over its longtime traditional rivals.
Sierra got on the board first Monday, but host Manteca poured in three second-half goals to pull away and hand the Timberwolves a 5-1 loss in Valley Oak League soccer action at Guss Schmiedt Field.
East Union's baseball team wrapped up its final pre-league contest with a heartbreaking 3-2 victory to host Tracy at Monte Vista Middle School, but head coach Dan Triglia was encouraged by the defeat on Monday.
East Union put up seven runs in the second inning against visiting Ripon Saturday on the way to an 11-1 Lancers win in the third annual Cancer Awareness Softball Game at Northgate Softball Complex's Garvine Field.
East Union put up seven runs in the second inning against visiting Ripon on Saturday on the way to an 11-1 Lancers win the third annual Cancer Awareness Softball Game at Northgate Softball Complex's Garvine Field.
Nick Oseguera laced a two-out two-RBI double in the third inning to cap a four-run frame and give Sierra the margin of victory in a 4-2 win Saturday over visiting Modesto in non-league baseball action.
Katelyn Allen brought home three gold medals for East Union on Saturday from the Jaguar Relays at Kimball High in Tracy and helped led the Lancers girls to a fourth-place finish while teammate Cody Keener won the high jump as part of the East Union boys attack that also finished fourth.
With Valley Oak League play right around the corner, Sierra High played more of a complete game Friday, defeating visiting Turlock, 6-2.
RIPON - Kevin Tameling cobbled together an ambitious nonleague schedule for Ripon Christian's girls soccer team and who can blame him?
The Manteca High boys tennis team earned its dinner Friday night after capping a busy four-match week with a 6-3 victory at Kimball in a battle of the Valley Oak League's top two teams.
Manteca and host Oakdale were locked in a pitchers' duel through four innings of their Valley Oak League contest on Friday.
Another Ripon-Hughson softball game, another one-run contest.