LATHROP - Ripon High's boys basketball team did well to make it a game for a half, but Modesto Christian had too much in its arsenal for the Indians to keep up for the long haul.
Wayne Cheung single-handedly outscored Central Valley in East Union High's 58-30 homecoming victory Friday in sophomore boys basketball action.
Sharon Washington hit the big shot to help Manteca High's girls basketball team beat Sierra the first time the two teams met, and she was at it again Thursday in the Valley Oak League rematch with postseason berths on the line for both squads.
Manteca resident and St. Mary's High girls basketball star Chelsea Gray has garnered nationwide attention and the accolades that come with it, but the latest tops them all.
CERES - East Union High's girls basketball team has a funny way of showing appreciation.
WESTON RANCH - Tuesday's loss to East Union may hurt the Weston Ranch High girls basketball team's playoff chances in the end, but the Cougars were able to snap a four-game losing streak with a 56-34 victory over Lathrop.
CERES - What started out as an offensive onslaught turned out to be a defensive struggle for the remainder of the contest, and East Union High's sophomore girls basketball team was able to squeak out with a 37-36 win at Central Valley.
Manteca Unified has been well represented in the heavyweight division in recent years, and East Union High junior Devon Woodall will look to keep the trend going in the Valley Oak League Wrestling Championships Saturday at Weston Ranch.
WESTON RANCH – After taking the lead and setting the stage for a come-from-behind victory with just over four minutes remaining, the East Union boys basketball team went ice cold, dropping its must-win Valley Oak League contest to Weston Ranch 64-50 Wednesday.
The Sierra High varsity boys basketball team had little trouble taking care of business against the visiting Oakdale Mustangs, dominating on every facet in a 60-32 Valley Oak League win Wednesday.
Sierra High's sophomore basketball team used clutch free throw shooting down the stretch to out-duel Oakdale High 70-62 Wednesday in Valley Oak League action.
The nets are still hanging from the rims at Dalben Center - for now.
RIPON – Slipping three spots in the Sac-Joaquin Section basketball power ratings and a shot to avenge a Trans Valley League loss to the Escalon Cougars were motivation enough for Ripon Christian's in its 66-53 win over the Cougars Tuesday.
OAKDALE - Sierra High's girls basketball team probably best defines what has been a wild Valley Oak League race this year, as it split a regular-season series with a third postseason contender by falling to Oakdale 44-18 Tuesday.
The East Union girls sophomore basketball team wasted little time asserting itself against the visiting Weston Ranch Cougars, jumping out to a 26 point halftime lead on the way to a 55-26 Valley Oak League shellacking Tuesday.
Sealy McAdams and Elizabeth Tolbert's last two matches in Thursday's Valley Oak League Doubles Tournament held at East Union had entirely different endings.
Alyssa Burch hosted another block party at Manteca High's Winter Gym on Thursday.
Orestimba scored the first and final goals, but Ripon Christian did more than enough damage in between to leave Newman with a 5-2 victory and at least a share of the Southern League championship.
Injury-hampered Ripon gave up two second-half goals by Ulises Ramirez on set pieces and are now in danger of not repeating as league champions no thanks to Thursday's 2-0 loss at Escalon.
Gerardo Romero scored two goals and assisted another in East Union's 4-1 triumph at Sierra on Wednesday.
Weston Ranch's coronation looked as if it was going to be delayed.
Manteca had two game-point opportunities in an attempt to force a fifth set against visiting Weston Ranch but came up short in a 20-25, 25-27, 25-16, 30-32 defeat Wednesday.
East Union won the Valley Oak League title and Brooke Riley is the MVP.
Tuesday's Trans-Valley League rematch against Ripon was sure to have been circled on Riverbank's calendar.
TRACY - The road to the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs just got a little longer for the East Union volleyball team.
Kevin Bolding summed up Manteca's trip to Oakdale as a "tough night."
Sierra just missed out on having another finalist in the Valley Oak League Singles Tournament.
RIPON -Hilmar had the look of a team that had been there, done that in tight situations.
Weston Ranch clinched a second straight postseason berth with Monday's resounding 7-1 victory at Lathrop.
That stunning loss to Orestimba appears to be in the rear-view mirror for Ripon Christian.