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.
Every piece of Brian Goulart's puzzle fit perfectly in place, and junior Kelsey Emerson left little doubt as to who was his most important piece. Emerson turned in a performance for the ages, going the distance in the circle and connecting on a three-run homer in a 14-3 blowout of Manteca High Friday.
Leadoff hitter Iyana Hughes scored both of Sierra's runs early, and Allison Walljasper and the defense took care of the rest in a key 2-1 Valley Oak League win over visiting Oakdale High Thursday.
The East Union High boys golf team suffered another heartbreaking Valley Oak League loss against Oakdale.
Nothing is settled yet, and that's exactly how East Union's boys tennis team is playing it as the Valley Oak League season nears the end.
RIPON – When Escalon forward Alex Gonzales nailed the crossbar with just over two minutes remaining it seemed like the Ripon High girls soccer team was well on its way to the huge Trans Valley League win. Only Gonzales was not done, trickling a header in off a direct kick and allowing Escalon to sneak out with the 1-1 tie.
Before the Sierra Timberwolves came to the plate in the frist inning they were looking up at the Oakdale Mustangs 2-0. Sierra answered with a Dylan DeBrouwer run in their at bat, but the Timberwolves would get no closer in Oakdale's 12-1 Valley Oak League thumping of Sierra Thursday.
LATHROP – Steven Gigli allowed just one hit in four innings of work against the Spartans on Wednesday.
The Manteca High soccer team knew what they had to do when they met up with the Weston Ranch Cougars, and the Buffaloes were able to take care of business in a 3-0 Valley Oak League win Wednesday.
Sam Dhaliwal and Marcus Munoz dropped the deciding sets in Manteca High's two Valley Oak League boys tennis losses, and on Tuesday the No. 2 doubles tandem had an opportunity to make up for it.
The East Union Lancers helped boost their team confidence, putting on an offensive and defensive clinic in a 14-0 Valley Oak League softball victory over the visiting Lathrop Spartans Tuesday.
Whenever Manteca High and East Union meet up in any sport the likeliness of an outstanding performance from somewhere is pretty much expected, and that was the case for Tuesday's 208-235 Valley Oak League victory for East Union.
Manteca High's girls soccer team got its revenge Monday, beating upstart Kimball of Tracy 3-1 at Guss Schmiedt Field.
Central Catholic, East Union and Oakdale boast the most accomplished boys golf programs in the Valley Oak League, but the player all others are chasing represents none of those schools.
RIPON - Manteca High freshman Kyle Rachels showed maturity well beyond his years, pitching four-plus innings of long relief.
Only the clock could stop Manteca from scoring in its 9-0 victory over visiting Lathrop on Monday, but the efforts to support young Destiny Herrera is ongoing.
Mayville State University coach John Haines made the 1,900-mile trip to the Family City equipped with only a simple pitch.
As a multi-sport athlete from the Central Valley who also excels in the classroom, Sierra High senior Hunter Johnson can relate to California Maritime Academy men's basketball head coach Bryan Rooney.
Ripon High senior Nick Sharp successfully defended his championship at the Tracy/West Invitational on Monday, winning a card-off with three other players who finished 1-over-par 73 at Tracy Country Club.
East Union coach Brian Goulart was concerned that the Lancers' Valley Oak League make-up game at Manteca may have come at a bad time.
Ripon High suffered a rare lopsided home loss Friday to Hughson.
Ronaldo Tijero charged the dribbling baseball, bare-handing it halfway up the third-base line before releasing a rocket across the diamond.
The Cal-Mex Baseball League is celebrating its 60-year anniversary with opening day ceremonies this Sunday at Stockton's Stribley Park. The festivities will begin at noon.
Manteca High's track and field team received a big boost from two transfers in a Valley Oak League dual meet against visiting rival Sierra on Thursday.
Manteca took first in just two varsity races as visiting Ripon came away with Valley Oak League wins for its boys and girls swim teams Friday.
Amaiya Guyton and Jaysen Reindel of the Lancer Youth Wrestling Club earned medals at the Flo Reno Worlds Championships last weekend at the Reno Livestock Events Center.
Ripon Christian survived its toughest challenge of the Southern League so far on Friday, warding off Orestimba 1-0 in Newman thanks to some fortunate bounces.
East Union and Lathrop split in the Valley Oak League clash.