The area's three remaining girls basketball teams are each one win away from qualifying for NorCals while advancing into the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs semifinal round.
For the remainder of the season it is win at all costs, and that was obviously the mindset for the East Union Lancers in their 58-48 Sac-Joaquin Section Division-III first-round win over Dixon High Tuesday at the Dalben Center.
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.
LATHROP - Fred Lavender left little doubt how this one would turn out.
TRACY - Sierra's opponents in the coming days is the least of its concerns.
STOCKTON - Joseph Mayorca showed the ability to score in bunches during his decorated three-year career for Weston Ranch's boys soccer team, but among his ...
The good news keeps coming for two standout linemen from Sierra High's state champion football team.
LATHROP - Lathrop's girls basketball team couldn't afford another loss.
ESCALON - Ripon Christian clinched a berth to the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs on Tuesday, but it did not come easy.
Like in every other Valley Oak League girls basketball game this season, East Union won Tuesday night.
RIPON - The first-place Ripon Christian Knights came out sizzling hot against visiting Escalon on Tuesday.
While the Weston Ranch boys and East Union girls basketball teams are inching closer to outright Valley Oak League championships, things are far from settled ...
STOCKTON – Ripon used a pin by Tristan Smith to defeat Natomas 36-33 on Saturday in opening round action of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Team ...
MODESTO – Lathrop's Aysia Cortez lived up to her No. 1 seed.
A fifth straight Valley Oak League championship is well out of reach for Sierra, but it may still have a chance to defend its Sac-Joaquin ...
ESCALON - Ripon hit eight free throws down the stretch Friday night to finish off Escalon with a 10-2 run on the way to a 64-54 ...
It wasn't quite the wire-to-wire bludgeoning that it was the first time around, but at this point in the season Manteca High's girls ...
Weston Ranch High came in extremely focused against East Union in Friday's Valley Oak League match.