East Union's playoff chances may very well hinge on a costly mistake from a Sonora player.
RIPON – Ripon Christian's girls went without a loss Tuesday afternoon at Ripon High, as the Knights knocked off the Indians, 5-2, in Trans Valley League tennis play.
With the sun beating down and all matches complete but one, East Union's Tyler Ward battled back from a 6-5 deficit in the second set to win the tiebreaker and go on to claim a thrilling 3-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-1 win over Chris Legaspi Tuesday at Weston Ranch.
CERES - How much has Manteca missed Rileigh Mankin?
OAKDALE - Logan Bruce led off the fourth inning with a leadoff home run, and it was off to the races for the Oakdale Mustangs.
RIPON - Fresh off its third-place finish in the Orestimba Tournament, Ripon Christian appears to be picking up steam heading down the final stretch of the Trans Valley League season with a 5-1 victory over Riverbank Tuesday.
Ceres only sent three golfers to Manteca Park Golf Course, but the Lancers didn't take the day off.
The bats were on and popping Tuesday in Lathrop as the Spartans sophomore softball team spanked Central Valley, 23-1.
TRACY - Manteca head softball coach Todd Hardcastle didn't think twice about helping out Nick Olmo and the Sierra High Timberwolves Saturday during the Nor-Cal Classic softball tournament held at the Tracy Sports Complex.
MERCED - The Manteca Freestyle Wrestling Club placed three grapplers Saturday at the Merced Tournament hosted by Golden Valley High.
TRACY - Weston Ranch's Angelysa Washington's blast from the past had Ripon head coach Robert Vernon thinking, "Here we go again."
The Sierra High girls swimming team won its seventh straight Valley Oak League meet Friday at Sonora High, 118-52, to claim at least a share of the league title for the third consecutive season.
RIPON - Kyle Wagner opened the scoring with a solo shot, and ended the game with a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh Friday at Ripon High, where the Indians completed a two-game, non-league sweep of Hilmar with a 3-2 win.
LOOMIS – Sierra's varsity girls finished second and the frosh-soph boys finished fourth overall in the team point standings Friday at the Del Oro Invitational, a promising sign heading toward the postseason as a number of big name track programs were on hand including Placer, Franklin of Elk Grove and host Del Oro.
It was a match that everyone expected to be ugly.
Sierra played perfect defense from the second minute to the 78th Monday against visiting East Union.
Brooke Riley shot an even-par 37 to lead East Union's 246-288 win over Manteca at Manteca Park Golf Course. Monday's win moves the Lancers to 5-0 in the Valley Oak League.
RIPON – After an explosive defensive Ripon Christian start left the visiting Orestimba Wildcats wearing roller-skates and its fleet-footed gunslinger struggling to breathe, the Southern League opener at Stouffer Field Friday night looked like an exercise in futility.
LATHROP - When the going got tough, Kristen Maestretti and the Sierra volleyball team got going Thursday in their Valley Oak League match at Lathrop.
East Union proved Thursday night that it can be a threat in the hunt for Sac-Joaquin Section playoff berths, dropping a well-contested four-game loss to visiting Kimball at Dalben Center.
Ripon High's boys water polo team is again short on numbers, and its top player has graduated after leading the program with his scoring prowess in its first four years of existence.
MARIPOSA - At 6-foot-5 with a super-stretch wingspan, Lukas Vermeulen cuts an imposing figure in the goal.
McKenna Doyle set the curve and the Sierra girls golf team followed suit in a 243-395 Valley Oak League victory over Weston Ranch.
Could a changing of the guard be in order in the Southern League?
STOCKTON - After a scoreless first half Weston Ranch hit two goals in a minute early in the second half and went on to a 3-1 Valley Oak League soccer win over visiting Lathrop.
East Union was 40 minutes away from securing a huge Valley Oak League victory on the road Wednesday against Oakdale.
Ripon ended its nonleague schedule strong, as it crushed visiting Tokay of Lodi 25-22, 25-14, 25-15 on Wednesday.
Brooke Riley carded a 1-under 36 on Manteca Park Golf Course's front nine to anchor East Union's tightly-contested 251-256 victory over visiting Kimball on Wednesday.
STOCKTON – One suffered a flat last week, stalling out in Modesto. The other has taken a while to warm up.
STOCKTON - There are close volleyball matches and then there was the Valley Oak League duel between visiting Manteca and Weston Ranch.