Defense helped Manteca High overcome dry spells on the offensive end Tuesday in its first-round showdown with 12th-seeded Natomas in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-III girls basketball playoffs.
Even though blue-chip prospect Josiah Turner, a 6-foot-3 point guard bound for Arizona, was dismissed by the team last month, Sacramento High may still be favored to defend its Division-III crown in the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.
With five teams qualifying and three Manteca Unified schools hosting a first-round game, the Valley Oak League is well-represented in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-III girls basketball playoffs - so far.
Good news first: Sierra High's two losses to end the Valley Oak League girls basketball season last week had no effect on its postseason chances.
Weston Ranch's boys basketball team was expected to contend for the Valley Oak League title this season, even with three sophomores in the starting lineup.
With the Valley Oak League championship already annexed by Manteca High's girls basketball team, the buzz surrounding its anticipated regular-season showdown with rival East Union took a little bit of a hit.
Eddie Andrade is a young man of few words.
Lathrop High's varsity boys basketball team has one last chance to notch its first-ever Valley Oak League victory.
Sharon Washington leapt off the bench with a smile plastered on her face.
The first group of seniors took its final bow in front of the home crowd for Lathrop High's girls basketball team Tuesday.
The Manteca Futbol Club Newcastle under-11 girls soccer team captured the NorCal Premier State Cup championship with a 4-2 victory over the Santa Rosa United Tremors Saturday at Woodland Community Park.
Willie Herrera no longer considers himself an honorary member of the Lancer family.
Much is at stake in the final week of the Valley Oak League girls basketball season.
RIPON - Rod Wright isn't one to point blame at the officials.
Weston Ranch scored 31 points in the second quarter on its way to an 81-57 walloping of first-year varsity Kimball High in Tracy Friday.
Ripon Christian is well aware of what it's up against tonight.
Throw seedings out the window, says Sierra coach Jeff Harbison.
Ripon Christian appeared to have an Andrew Brown clone in the form of junior tail back Brian Sytsma.
After anchoring a defense that allowed just six goals in eight Trans-Valley League games, Ripon High senior Emmanuel Sanchez was voted the conference's Defensive MVP in the year-end coaches meeting.
The road to redemption is a long and unfamiliar one for Brooke Riley.
You've seen this movie before: Team of misfits overcomes competitive shortcomings to make the championship and win the respect of all despite losing the big game in the end.
Pacific-bound senior Haley Silva and Ellie Waters are heading back to the CIF State Cross Country Championships in two weeks.
The third time was the charm for Eric Reis and his Manteca High football team.
Tonight marks just the second time that Ripon Christian will square off with Golden Sierra, but the rematch takes place in a different setting with more at stake.
Eric Reis has been known to share stories of Manteca High's grid-iron glory of years past with his players.
Ripon gets its wish: Another crack at Trans-Valley League rival Hilmar.
Kyle Alexander and Mason Merilles competed in the largest powerlifting meet they've ever been a part of and returned to Manteca with new world records and shiny first-place medals this past weekend.
Elisabeth Alexander was all smiles Thursday when she made her commitment official to the CSU Stanislaus women's basketball team.
Georgetown, Darthmouth and University of Montevallo all had offers on the table for Ripon High senior Darian van der Maaten.
Ripon and Ripon Christian are heading to Gold Country tonight for their Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoff matches.