When the Valley Oak League boys basketball season gets underway tonight, the league will break down into two groups. In one group six teams, East Union, Manteca, Lathrop, Kimball and Oakdale will vie to separate themselves from one another. And in the other group will be Sierra and Weston Ranch.
One victory separated three teams in the final Valley Oak League girls basketball standings a season ago. And if defending league champions Manteca High, Weston Ranch and East Union are linked together like sausage again in 2012, it will not be a surprise.
It was a year of "first time evers" and "first time in a long times" in Manteca area sports.
The Sierra High boys basketball squad captured the Fuchs Memorial Holiday Classic crown Friday at Columbia College.
Throughout the West Coast Jamboree the Weston Ranch girls basketball team was able to put up quality showings against each tournament opponent, but that was not the case in the Cougars' 61-39 loss to Monte Vista in the championship round of the Tanzanite Division.
Jim Agostini wanted to see how his East Union girls basketball team's conditioning and depth would hold up on the fourth and final day of the Tom Hawkins/Tracy Breakfast Lions Tournament Friday at Tracy High.
Weston Ranch's boys basketball team finished with a more-than-respectable third-place effort in the Modesto Christian Holiday Classic Friday, defeating the tournament host in overtime, 79-77. It was the second time in as many years that the Cougars defeated Modesto Christian in overtime.
Manteca High's freshman boys basketball team mounted a 17-6 run in the third quarter en route to beating rival Sierra 48-38 and claiming the Block M Tournament championship Friday.
RIPON - Ripon Christian was eager to defend its home court in its own tournament.
Sierra has done some of its best work against top teams so far, and Thursday was no different.
East Union High will play for third place today in the Tom Hawkins / Tracy Breakfast Lions Girls' Basketball Tournament.
The Weston Ranch High girls varsity hoop squad will take on host Monte Vista (Danville) today for the Tanzanite Division title of the West Coast Jamboree.
One day after suffering its worst defeat of the season, Ripon High's boys basketball team put together one of its best all-around efforts.
Clay Cuneo's blocked shot at the buzzer secured the East Union sophomore boys basketball team's 40-39 victory over rival Manteca in the semifinal round of the Block M Tournament Thursday.
East Union High's girls basketball team isone win from a shot at the Tom Hawkins/Tracy Breakfast Lions Tournament championship. On Wedensday, it handled co-host West High with ease 50-28 to advance to the semifinal.
Manteca blew two one-on-one opportunities in its 1-0 upset of visiting Sierra but the deciding goal took the unconventional route to the net at Guss ...
The Sierra High Timberwolves suffered a tough Valley Oak League loss to Central Catholic Thursday.
DENAIR - Denair needed just 17 minutes to build a comfortable lead in its 5-2 victory over Ripon Christian on Thursday.
MODESTO - Buried by its own mistakes early on, Manteca dropped a three-game loss (22-25, 23-25, 17-25) at Central Catholic in a battle for sole possession ...
The Manteca High Buffaloes are 9-2 in the Valley Oak League.
HILMAR - The Ripon volleyball team came up short against defending Trans-Valley League champion Hilmar on Wednesday.
Manteca scored three goals before visiting Lathrop even got off a shot Wednesday night in an 8-2 win for the Buffaloes in Valley Oak League ...
Manteca defeated visiting Sierra 25-10, 25-14, 25-10 in Valley Oak League volleyball action Tuesday at Winter Gym.
NEWMAN - Sophomore Martin Sanchez recorded a hat trick, leading first-place Orestimba to a 4-0 victory over visiting Ripon Christian on Tuesday.
McKenna Doyle shot 9-over-par 46 at Manteca Park Golf Course on Tuesday to lead Sierra's 273-298 win over Manteca. The victory keeps the Timberwolves ...
Manteca's girls tennis team won some hard-earned sets to notch what ended up being an 8-1 landslide over host Weston Ranch on Tuesday.
Alysia Templeman, Heidi Tazelaar and Miranda Ayala raced to personal bests Saturday for the Ripon Christian girls cross country team in the Pacific Tigers Meet ...
OAKDALE – it wasn't the slow and steady plod that Oakdale is famous for that killed Sierra High at The Corral on Friday night.
RIPON - Ripon head coach Chris Johnson is still trying to figure out what kind of team he has.
RIPON - After getting shut out in its first three Southern League matches, Ripon Christian erupted for a 5-0 win over Mariposa on Thursday.