LATHROP - For a half, it appeared as if Lathrop would pull off the biggest upset of the Valley Oak League season - even if it were to end in a scoreless tie.
Manteca's scrappy play on the defensive line did well enough to make visiting Sonora's big-hitting front work, but the big hitting was too much.
A twice dislocated kneecap forced John Perez to watch from the stands with the "Wolf Pack" cheering section as Sierra High's football team made history by qualifying for its first Sac-Joaquin Section playoff run.
Valley Oak League
LATHROP – Lathrop High School doesn't have to look at a zero in front of its record anymore when talking about the play of their varsity volleyball team.
RIPON – In most soccer matches getting two goals in the first 25 minutes would be enough to edge out a victory.
STOCKTON - The faces might have been different, but the sight around the 18th hole of the Brookside Country Club were quite the same on Tuesday afternoon.
Sierra striker Braian Gomez picked up two more goals to stretch his area-leading total to 27 in Tuesday's 3-0 Valley Oak League home victory over rival East Union.
Manteca High ended its home match run on a high note.
HUGHSON - Larry Keethe called them "crazy rotations."
RIPON - Ripon and Ripon Christian finished in the bottom two of the Valley Foothill League - North Division Tournament at Spring Creek Country Club Monday, but both schools will be represented at next week's Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Tournament.
East Union High's sophomore volleyball team battled tough at its own Dalben Center, but crosstown rival Manteca prevailed in three games - 25-18, 19-25, 15-7.
Manteca High got its offensive spark from an unlikely source Monday at rival East Union's Dalben Center.
Another year, another 14-0 record.
HUGHSON - Destiny was in the hands of the Ripon Indians, but not for long.
RIPON - Teagan Manus was dribbling a ball with her hands just a couple of days ago.
WESTON RANCH – Kimball's Samantha Sarmiento and Llesenia Torres were primarily responsible for dealing Weston Ranch a 9-3 loss to open up Valley Oak League play on Friday.
East Union sophomore catcher Alejandra Rascon continued her stellar hitting during Friday's Valley Oak League opener against Lathrop at the Northgate Softball Complex.
The Sierra girls soccer squad won both of its games during the opening rounds of the Timberwolves' Vern Gebhardt Cup Friday, capped by a 3-1 victory over Buhach Colony of Atwater.
Sierra continued to bomb away Friday in a nonleague game at Gregori.
It's been a trial-by-fire process for Alexis Erich's fledgling varsity career as the ace pitcher for East Union.
Ripon senior Mackenzie Gauden threw a complete game, three-hit shutout with seven strikeouts and no walks on Thursday afternoon.
The Manteca baseball team showcased its talent and potential Thursday during a non-league contest against visiting Ceres.
Sierra brought the bats out during Thursday's preseason road matchup against Escalon.
Sonora's statement was made loud and clear at Manteca Park Golf Course on Thursday.
East Union continued its shutout streak to start the season, improving to 3-0 overall with its 8-0 rout at Lathrop in the Valley Oak League opener for both clubs.
Allie Walljasper was not about to strike out 22 and lose, but Tracy did not make it easy.
LATHROP - Lathrop couldn't overcome five errors and Patterson's 14 hits in a 14-4, six-inning loss Wednesday.
RIPON – Ripon's Trans Valley League opener didn't pan out well for the Indians Wednesday evening at Stouffer Field.
Ripon Christian's girls basketball team was victimized by a poor shooting night in the opening round of the CIF Northern California Regional Championships on Wednesday.