From left, coaches James Peterson of Turlock (vs. Freedom), Jeremy Plaa of Downey (at East Union) and Roger Canepa of Central Catholic (vs. Clovis West) have tough opening night tests, but the most intriguing game on Aug. 23, 2019 belongs to Oakdale-Sonora, according to a fan vote.

Hughson remains No. 1 in small-school rankings, Sonora debuts at No. 5

Joe Cortez
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Small School

Editor’s note: Comprised of teams from Trans-Valley League, Mother Lode League, Southern League, Central California Athletic Alliance. Records as of Monday, April 15, 2019.

1 (1). Hughson (14-2) — The Huskies dropped a Trans-Valley League slugfest to then No. 3 Livingston, 15-12, but came back with a vengeance two days later and beat the Wolves in their place, 12-1. Just like when Hilmar handed Hughson its first loss of the season … the Huskies answered with force.

2 (4). Argonaut (12-2) — The Mustangs worked themselves back into the rankings last week and jumped all the way to No. 2 this week as they get ready for a Mother Lode League showdown with Sonora.

3 (2). Mariposa (12-1) — The Grizzlies suffered first loss of the season at the hands of Ripon Christian, a team they beat two days earlier in the first leg of their home-and-home series. Mariposa moves down a spot, but not out of the Top 5.

4 (3). Livingston (10-5) — Followed up a impressive victory over No. 1 Hughson with a thud. Still, the Wolves proved they can play with the best and we’ll keep them in the Top 5 for at least another week.

5 (nr). Sonora (9-4) — Welcome to the Wildcats, who jump in at No. 5 after a pair of wins over Summerville, setting up a conference showdown with No. 2 Argonaut.