LATHROP – Lathrop responded with a ferocious last-ditch effort, but it wouldn't be nearly enough as Manteca established an early lead and it never surrendered in a 58-49 win over the Spartans Tuesday.
Ripon loves its high school sports teams.
For Ripon boys basketball coach Rod Wright, winning his 100th Trans Valley League game was about as meaningful as a rerun of The Jerry Springer Show.
Gift wrapping Oakdale its first Valley Oak League win was probably the best thing that could have happened to the East Union Lancers. East Union came off the loss with the intensity of a championship game, sapping Manteca's spirit in the first eight minutes of its 55-37 win Friday.
Kimball High used the momentum of its winter festival to come out and pounce on the visiting Lathrop Spartans 68-51 in Valley Oak League play Friday.
WESTON RANCH – With bounce in their step and smiles on their face, the Lathrop Spartans strolled to the sideline for a first quarter timeout. The Spartans had not only sustained, but had answered Weston Ranch's 10-0 run to open the game with a 10-0 run of their own.
Everything would have had to fall into place perfectly for the Sierra Timberwolves Thursday in Valley Oak League action against Kimball, but it didn't and the Timberwolves were left coping with a 49-35 loss to the host Jaguars.
For the eighth consecutive time in Valley Oak League play, the Sierra High freshman girls basketball team earned a victory in a 54-19 laugher over Kimball Thursday.
A four-point play from Eric Melgar followed by a pair of Guillermo Nunez baskets and another Melgar 3-pointer turned a legitimate Kimball effort into another Valley Oak League blowout for Sierra. The Timberwolves outscored Kimball 15-4 to open the second half on their way to a 62-44 win Wednesday.
SONORA – Getting out of Sonora with a victory in Valley Oak League play is a challenge in any sport, so Manteca High's 63-51 boys basketball win Wednesday was more than pleasing for the Buffaloes.
The Sierra High sophomore basketball team bounced back from a one-point loss at Oakdale over the weekend to handle the Kimball Jaguars Wednesday in a 44-32 Valley Oak League win.
RIPON – There was a stretch early where both teams looked evenly matched.
Things are rolling along pretty smoothly for the Ripon Christian boys basketball team, as they remained perfect in Southern League action with a 75-48 victory over Mariposa High Tuesday.
The Manteca High freshman basketball team handled business on its trip to Oakdale, getting an early lead and bringing home the 42-25 Valley Oak League win Tuesday over the Mustangs.
WESTON RANCH - Weston Ranch had every reason to come out flat.