The effort and execution Sierra High's girls basketball team displayed over the final two quarters were missing early, and visiting Sonora took advantage in a 55-43 win Wednesday in both clubs' Valley Oak League opener.
Felipe Duran's unconventional pin sparked East Union's wrestling team in its double-dual with visiting Sonora and Kimball Wednesday at Dalben Center.
Manteca High's Valley Oak League double-dual opener with Lathrop and Oakdale did not last long.
It was not their best performance.
After putting itself in the best possible position to win their first-ever Valley Oak League game, Lathrop forfeited its 10-point lead and needed to fend off a stubborn East Union club in a 42-40 win Tuesday at Dalben Center.
George Contente figured his Ripon High's girls basketball team was going to have its hands full when it hosted Hilmar for a Trans-Valley League opener Tuesday.
The most challenging part to the Southern League opener for Ripon Christian was likely making the long trek to Mariposa. Once the Knights showed up it was all business, cruising to an easy 55-33 win in both teams' league openers.
Sierra's boys basketball squad made its fourth trip to Sonora in seven days Tuesday, and the Timberwolves returned home with their 10th straight victory.
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.
RIPON - They are not in eighth grade any more.
Sierra freshman Kaitlyn Rausa rolled past three opponents Wednesday to earn a spot in today's Valley Oak League Singles Tournament finals at Manteca High.
It may have been senior night for Manteca High at Winter Gymnasium , but the evening belonged to East Union sophomore Kiana Day.
TRACY - One second separated the Sierra varsity girls cross country team and Oakdale in their duel for the Valley Oak League title Wednesday at Eagal ...
TRACY - Ripon came out on fire Tuesday, and only the Indians would calm their own flames in a 12-2 shellacking of host Kimball of Tracy.
MARIPOSA - Make it seven straight Southern League volleyball titles for Ripon Christian.
Manteca battled valiantly with a starter hobbled by injury and another out for the season, but the Buffaloes could not keep up with the taller ...
LODI - Ripon High's girls golf team is the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V runner-up for a second straight year, but this time two Indians will ...
Senior Night did not start out well for East Union on Monday.
MODESTO - The Ripon boys water polo team went 2-3 in the DeLong Tournament held at Enochs High last Friday and Saturday.
Manteca carried the frustrations of two close losses to Central Catholic into the season, using it as motivation to return to championship form.
LATHROP - Manteca High's girls tennis team has one more match to complete what has been a dominant run in the Valley Oak League.
LATHROP - What started out nip-and-tuck ended up anything but Wednesday night, as visiting Manteca pulled away in the first game and rolled through the next ...
STOCKTON - East Union's run of nine straight Valley Oak League titles officially came to an end Tuesday at Swenson Park Golf Course, but the ...
TRACY - Manteca is the Valley Oak League champion again.