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.
RIPON - In the end, it didn't matter that the Ripon Christian girls basketball team nearly surrendered a 20-point lead and virtually invited the visiting Victory Christian Vikings into a game they were never in.
Being the second best team in the Trans Valley League was not good enough to earn Ripon High's girls basketball team a home game in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV playoffs, and it proved costly in the Indians' 78-68 overtime loss to Linden High Tuesday.
The Sierra High girls basketball barely earned one of 16 Sac-Joaquin Section Division-III playoff berths, but getting in earned the Timberwolves a matchup with the tourney's No. 1 seed,
WESTON RANCH - The season came to crashing halt Tuesday for the Weston Ranch High girls varsity basketball team.
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.
EL DORADO HILLS – Closing the Sac-Joaquin Section Divisional Wrestling tournaments with a berth into the SJS Masters meet was the primary goal, but Weston Ranch's Donnell Simms was able to take it a step further by winning the 189-pound championship on his way to the Masters.
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.
One team was trying to close out a frustrating season with one last quality effort.
LATHROP - J.J. Ramirez wants a commitment from his Lathrop High boys varsity basketball team.
The Ripon Indians opened the contest with a blistering start and never lost track, blasting Orestimba High 88-57 to close out the Trans Valley League boys basketball season Friday.
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.
WESTON RANCH - With Sac-Joaquin Section postseason positioning at stake, intensity was not a problem for Weston Ranch and Sierra's girls basketball teams Thursday in their Valley Oak League finale.
Sierra's bats started hot, its pitcher got into a groove later and the defense was solid throughout.
In a span of a little bit over five minutes – 5:23, to be exact – the Ripon Indians scored a barrage of goals Tuesday against defending Trans Valley League champion Escalon.
Modesto Christian limited Ripon to just four hits, but the Indians took advantage of seven walks and five errors to post a 9-6 Trans-Valley League baseball win in Salida on Tuesday.
LATHROP - Practice makes perfect.
The Ripon High coed tennis team got clutch victories from its doubles tandems, and the Indians ended visiting Escalon's Trans-Valley League win streak at 88 with a 5-4 stunner last Friday.
After Monday's results in the Valley Oak League, East Union is once again the team everyone else is chasing.
Behind the catcher's mask and all that armor, Jake Souza is a modern-day knight picked to help lead Sierra High's conquest.
Greg Jones knocked in four runs Friday for Manteca and was a home run shy of the cycle as the Buffaloes tallied 11 hits in a 9-4 win over visiting Weston Ranch to wrap up a home-and-home sweep of the Cougars in Valley Oak League baseball action.
East Union's week of heartbreaking losses ended with yet another on Friday.
Manteca's softball team came out swinging in Friday's Valley Oak League contest at Oakdale.
Sierra's swimmers are beginning to peak, though it didn't show in the final outcome of their Valley Oak League dual meet with host Oakdale on Friday.
Matt Rose shot a three-over par 40 to lead the Sierra Timberwolves past rival Manteca in a three-way Valley Oak League golf match at the Manteca Park Golf Course on Thursday.
As assistant coach, Vic DeAnda got to see the Sierra's two best softball pitchers go through the program over the past eight years.
The Sierra boys tennis team exacted revenge against visiting cross-town foe East Union on Thursday, winning 5-4 despite dropping the first three singles matches.
Central Valley Monarcas Academy's newly-added under-14 girls Pride is off and running after winning its first NorCal Premier Spring League match.