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"It's like riding a bike."
If the Sac-Joaquin Section girls basketball playoffs were to tip off today, the Valley Oak League would have three teams hosting first-round contests in the 16-team Division-III bracket.
If defense wins championships, Manteca Futbol Club's under-11 girls Newcastle might be on its way to capturing the NorCal State Cup title.
After three quarters of play, the Manteca High boys basketball team held the lead, secured the momentum and had seemingly sapped the Weston Ranch Cougars of any possibilities of overcoming their 12-point deficit. After the Cougars opened the final period on a 17-4 run, it became evident that wasn't the case.
Finishing games has been a problem for Lathrop High's boys basketball team this season.
Sierra High, with its top player out for undisclosed reasons, was within striking distance of four-time defending Valley Oak League girls basketball champion East Union late in the third quarter Thursday at Dalben Center.
Now at full strength, Mariposa High's girls basketball team was ready to give Southern League Ripon Christian newcomer more of a fight in their rematch Thursday.
Weston Ranch's boys basketball team showed why it can be both frustrating and exciting to watch during one of the most crucial, and yet most routine, sequences in an 81-75 victory at East Union Wednesday.
J.J. Ramirez and his second-year Lathrop High varsity boys basketball team are growing tired of moral victories.
Manteca High's wrestling team ended its Valley Oak League dual season on a positive note, beating crosstown rival East Union 45-36 Wednesday at Winter Gym.
Save for the wrap on Sharon Washington's right wrist, Manteca High's girls basketball team showed no ill effects from its recent loss to crosstown rival East Union.
Lathrop High's girls basketball program finally got its first varsity victory in the Valley Oak League Tuesday, stunning host Oakdale, 41-38.
Jaysen Reindel continued his tear through the San Joaquin Wrestling Association folkstyle season Sunday in the Hilmar Tournament, winning his fifth championship in the 120-130-pound novice division.
Donning pink jerseys, Manteca blanked Lathrop 3-0 in the annual Kicking for the Cure game hosted at Guss Schmiedt Field on Tuesday night.
East Union may be peaking at just the right time.
Two big wins from the bottom half of its singles ladder propelled Manteca High's boys tennis team to a pivotal 6-3 win over visiting Sonora on Monday.
The area's two best offensive linemen along with two record-breaking skill position players have been selected to compete in the 41st Central California Lions All-Star Football Game.
Manteca and Oakdale both needed a win, so it's understandable why both were unsatisfied with Monday's result.
Oakdale capitalized on its opportunities and Sierra did not.
With two of their top contributors out, Sierra High's boys swimmers suffered their first defeat of the season by a 99-71 margin at Kimball of Tracy. Kimball's girls also won by the same score.
Ripon's defense hadn't given up more than two goals in a game all season until Friday.
Josh Clark fittingly scored the deciding run on a dropped third strike in the top of the seventh inning, as Ripon avoided an upset at Modesto Christian with a 7-4 victory Friday.
Oakdale High's recent run of dominance includes seven straight Valley Oak League championships and six Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV titles in that same span.
East Union's playoff chances took a big hit Thursday when it dropped a 5-4 decision to visiting Sonora.
One pitching gem followed another for Ripon on Thursday.
Lathrop's girls varsity track and field team came to compete against Sierra at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium Wednesday afternoon.
Freshman pitcher Alexis Erich twirled a one-hitter, and Jordan Vinson swatted three doubles in East Union's 11-0 mercy-shortened win at Lathrop on Wednesday.
Coming off two disappointing losses to Hughson, Ripon rebounded nicely Wednesday with a 9-1 thumping of visiting Modesto Christian.