It could have been the unusually cold weather, or the lack of practice time outdoors because of the recent rainstorms.
Manteca's baseball team again pitched well enough to win, but lapses elsewhere led to another non-league loss, this time by a tough-to-swallow 3-2 margin in eight innings to visiting Pitman of Turlock Monday.
The East Union High tennis team's delayed start to the Valley Oak League season ended up being worth the wait.
Tracy High's sophomore baseball team did all the damage it needed to inflict in the second inning when it rallied for 11 runs to upend host East Union 12-3 Monday.
The Sierra High track and field program invited nearly 30 programs to participate in the 12th Annual Tom Moore relays and it was the Timberwolves who looked most impressive, winning the varsity boys meet and taking second in varsity girls action for an impressive team finish Saturday at the recently completed track in Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
The Manteca High varity soccer program is off to a grand start when it comes to accomplishing its goals, winning its 2nd Annual Buff Cup tournament title with a convincing 4-0 win over Bret Harte Saturday at Guss Schmiedt Field.
RIVERBANK – The season is just getting underway, but East Union High's softball squad is pretty close to mid-season form after continuing its dominance in the Ceres Tournament with two victories and a pool play championship Saturday at Rainbow Fields.
MODESTO – Manteca High's varsity baseball ran out of time in its Johansen Tournament 5-5 tie against Los Banos, but simply did not play well in a 7-3 loss to host Johansen Saturday in preseason play.
SACRAMENTO - "Tiger Claws" were never unsheathed.
BAKERSFIELD - Bob Blanco theatrical reenactment of a takedown at the edge of the mat inside Rabobank Arena left Sierra High junior Alex Nuanez with a small glimmer of hope, but the official would not change his stance, signaling an end to area wrestling as the last of three Mantecans saw his season come to a close.
SACRAMENTO - It was a bittersweet end to the Ripon Christian boys basketball team's run through the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V playoffs for the Vander Molens.
RIVERBANK – The East Union High softball team opened its season as well as the Ceres Tournament hitting on all cylinders, handling Patterson High 3-1 before taking the nightcap from Modesto Christian 6-1 Friday at Rainbow Fields.
LATHROP – On the back of a strong performance on the mound by Oscar Calix, the Lathrop Spartans erupted for 10 runs in a five-inning rout of Rio Vista for their first varsity win Friday.
The Manteca High varsity soccer team wasted little time separating itself from its opening-round opponent of the 2nd Annual Buffalo Cup, blowing past Los Banos in a hurry with a 7-0 win Friday at Guss Schmiedt Field.
RIPON – Mitchell Evans didn't expect to see his Ripon Indians surrender double-digit runs to Modesto's Central Catholic when they squared off Friday afternoon.
No one will ever accuse a Scott Thomason-led team of looking past anybody.
MODESTO – Sierra did not score a field goal in the final nine minutes Saturday and managed just one point in the final quarter of a defensive struggle with host Modesto Christian in a defensive struggle won by the Crusaders 43-28 in the finale of the Martin Luther King Showcase.
MODESTO – Weston Ranch's Mia Hill went 4-0 Saturday to win her 106-pound pool Saturday in the Lady Eagles Invitational at Enochs High School.
RIPON - Mario Roach considers Ripon an "up-and-down" team that forces a frenetic pace with defensive pressure and constant movement on offense.
Olivia Vezaldenos broke out of a recent scoring slump Friday and led East Union to a 46-38 win over visiting Lathrop at Dalben Center.
LATHROP - It came down to the final two matches of the night in the Valley Oak League wrestling tilt between East Union and Lathrop, and the host Spartans got two pins and a 45-33 victory Thursday.
Marcus Montano and the Manteca boys basketball team couldn't make a shot in the first quarter.
Sierra can now center its focus on the big games to come after steamrolling Kimball 59-38 on Thursday.
Ripon coach George Contente tested his team with a rugged schedule in the first month of the season, and it paid off in the Indians' Trans-Valley League opener Thursday.
STOCKTON - Fred Lavender and the Weston Ranch Cougars proved to be tough match up Lathrop.
Jessica Pablo missed East Union's final six pre-league contests after rolling an ankle in a game at Sonora.
Ripon shot 9 for 25 on free throws and missed 10 of 12 attempts down the stretch in a heartbreaking 66-65 loss at Livingston on Wednesday.
LATHROP - The Brijanee Moore Era ended just as it was getting started for Weston Ranch.
Typically, coaches will use wind sprints as a way to grab their team's attention.
LATHROP - In a showcase of underclassmen on the rise, win-starved Lathrop went to a third-year senior in the closing seconds of its Valley Oak League contest with East Union on Tuesday.