FROM THE FORUM
What readers are saying on The Bee's forum at forums.modbee.com:
The Valley Oak League race heats up Friday with two key games -- Manteca at Sonora and Sierra vs. Central Valley at Ceres High. Adding to the excitement is that the VOL gets only two playoff berths:
"Though I was hoping for Manteca to go undefeated to set up a big game with Oakdale, my preseason picks that I posted looked like this: Oakdale, Sierra, Sonora/Manteca, Central Valley. Oakdale is the team to beat. It's the defending champ and the class of 2009 is going for its 23rd VOL win in a row. What makes the VOL crazy is that it's so unpredictable. It is very possible Manteca could beat Sonora, and Central Valley has an outside shot at handing Sierra an upset. Ceres, even with a 0-5 record, is capable of pulling off a shocker.Ceres is the best 0-5 team I've ever seen in the VOL. Oakdale does not have it easy. In fact, it will need to play and beat the top 3 VOL teams in a row to claim the big prize in 2008! Four teams fighting it out for two playoff spots! This is what football is all about!" freeagent
"Upcoming games will be telling:
1. Manteca vs. Sonora: Manteca has to see this as a must-win after losing last week to Sierra. Sonora would love to hand Manteca a second straight loss. By the way, Sonora fans and field/facility are top notch. Great place to see a game. 2. Sierra vs. Central Valley: The win over Manteca was great for a Sierra program looking for its first playoff berth. However, the win over Manteca is old news now. Sierra has the burden of going to Central Valley and proving it isn't a one-game wonder. The pressure is on Sierra to (avoid) a letdown. CV can put up points so Sierra will likely be tested again. 3, East Union at Oakdale. Oakdale needs to make sure it plays well and no one gets injured. Late Friday night the VOL puzzle pieces will begin to take shape and things could sure get interesting." calibred
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TOP OF THE DAY
The Sierra Invitational, one of the Stanislaus District's top golf tournaments, tees off at 9 a.m. at Manteca Park Golf Course. Sierra coach Greg Wilson traditionally brings in the best of the district, with quality teams from the Bay area and Sacramento, for a strong 18-hole tournament.
Boys Soccer Waterford at Denair, Delhi at Le Grand, 3:45 p.m.; Pitman at Atwater, Escalon at Ripon, Ripon Christian at Modesto Christian, 4 p.m.; Hughson at Riverbank, 4:30 p.m.; Merced at Turlock, Los Banos at Atwater, Hilmar at Patterson, 7 p.m.
Enochs at Beyer (Tuolumne River Regional Park), Johansen at Downey (Tuolumne River Regional Park), Pitman, Los Banos at Golden Valley (Applegate Park), Turlock, Buhach Colony at Atwater (Applegate Park), Valley Oak League Meet at Durham Ferry (Manteca), 3:30 p.m.; Mother Lode League meet at Frogtown, 3:45 p.m.
Sierra Invitational at Manteca Park, 8 a.m.
Oakdale at Sonora, 6 p.m.; Ceres at Central Valley, 6:15 p.m.; Waterford at Denair, Delhi at Le Grand, 6:30 p.m.; Orestimba at Central Catholic, Hilmar at Patterson, 7 p.m.
STATS & STARS
Erica Ballard, Hughson golf: Shot a 3-over 34 as the Huskies lifted their record to 10-2
Kyle Cerney, Ceres soccer: Fended off 11 shots as Ceres beat Sierra 3-1 to remain tied for first place in the VOL
Kelsey Johnston, Ripon volleyball: Had 22 assists, 5 aces in 3-0 win over Riverbank
Samantha Flores, Modesto volleyball: Had 11 digs as the Panthers beat Davis 3-0 to remain perfect in the MMC
Kaitlyn Brayton & Lindsey Anderson, Escalon volleyball: Brayton had 16 kills and 3 blocks, and Anderson had 34 digs and 3 aces as the Cougars raised their TVL record to 7-2
Zach Young, Turlock water polo: Scored 4 goals as the Bulldogs topped Atwater 12-8
-- RICHARD T. ESTRADA