SONORA – Not even the long drive or the altitude change could stop the Sierra High track and field machine from firing on all cylinders.
STOCKTON - Nick Gonzales led all players with a six-under-par 42 and spearheaded Manteca High's golf team to a close 247-256 win over host Weston Ranch at Van Buskirk Golf Course Wednesday.
LATHROP - East Union High's sophomore softball team took control early on, leading by five runs after two innings en route to an 11-1 victory over Lathrop in its first Valley Oak League contest of the season Wednesday.
Pressure situations are nothing new to East Union freshman Jordan Kron, who led the school's varsity basketball team in scoring this past winter after contributing to USA Baseball's under-14 gold-medal finish in the Pan-Am Championships in the fall.
WESTON RANCH - Manteca High's soccer team left its Valley Oak League contest with Weston Ranch with a 4-3 win, but the squad's performance was less than impressive.
WESTON RANCH – Contrary to what the score depicts, the Sierra Timberwolves found themselves interlocked in a Valley Oak League battle with Weston Ranch High for four innings, but disaster struck over the final three frames in an 18-1 Sierra victory Tuesday.
Sierra's Kevin Rausa continues to roll.
OAKDALE – The three-time defending Valley Oak League champion Sierra Timberwolves experienced something that they are not accustomed to, as they were upended by the Oakdale Mustangs in both boys and girls action Tuesday at Royce Memorial Pool.
The Sierra Timberwolves were able to tack on a pair in the bottom of the seventh inning, but it would not be enough in their 3-2 Valley Oak League loss to Oakdale Tuesday.
It was business as usual for the Sierra Timberwolves, cruising to an easy 206-258 win over the Manteca Buffaloes Tuesday at Manteca Golf Course.
What started out to be a nip-and-tuck pitchers' duel got out of hand early at Manteca High's varsity baseball diamond Tuesday.
WESTON RANCH - Alexandra Alvarado didn't get to start the game, but she got to finish it.
Sierra High's girls soccer team kicked off the first of a brutal three-game stretch this week with Monday's 8-0 blowout of visiting Sonora.
RIPON - For a half, Ripon Christian's girls soccer team gave reigning Trans Valley League champion Ripon all it could handle at Park View Elementary Monday.
Sierra High's baseball team did all of its damage early and rode the arms of three pitchers the rest of the way in its 3-1 non-league win over visiting Stagg of Stockton Monday.
Orestimba scored the first and final goals, but Ripon Christian did more than enough damage in between to leave Newman with a 5-2 victory and at least a share of the Southern League championship.
Injury-hampered Ripon gave up two second-half goals by Ulises Ramirez on set pieces and are now in danger of not repeating as league champions no thanks to Thursday's 2-0 loss at Escalon.
Gerardo Romero scored two goals and assisted another in East Union's 4-1 triumph at Sierra on Wednesday.
Weston Ranch's coronation looked as if it was going to be delayed.
Manteca had two game-point opportunities in an attempt to force a fifth set against visiting Weston Ranch but came up short in a 20-25, 25-27, 25-16, 30-32 defeat Wednesday.
East Union won the Valley Oak League title and Brooke Riley is the MVP.
Tuesday's Trans-Valley League rematch against Ripon was sure to have been circled on Riverbank's calendar.
TRACY - The road to the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs just got a little longer for the East Union volleyball team.
Kevin Bolding summed up Manteca's trip to Oakdale as a "tough night."
Sierra just missed out on having another finalist in the Valley Oak League Singles Tournament.
RIPON -Hilmar had the look of a team that had been there, done that in tight situations.
Weston Ranch clinched a second straight postseason berth with Monday's resounding 7-1 victory at Lathrop.
That stunning loss to Orestimba appears to be in the rear-view mirror for Ripon Christian.
Ripon hadn't played a match away from familiar Stouffer Field in nearly three full weeks until it traveled to Hilmar on Thursday.
Ripon avenged a previous loss and put itself in a good position to return to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Tournament with Thursday's 164-174 win over Linden at Jack Tone Golf Course.