SALIDA – With the absence of powerhouse forward Reeves Nelson – serving a one-game suspension for getting ejected from Tuesday's game against Ripon Ron Vander Nolen had a lot of reasons to think that his Ripon Christian Knights stood a chance at slaying undefeated Trans Valle League champion Modesto Christian.
It was all about business Wednesday night at Winter Gym where Manteca avenged its only Valley Oak League blemish of the season with a workman-like 59-52 win over Sonora.
The last time a Manteca High boys basketball team tore down the nets at Winter Gym, its current coaching staff was in grade school.
CERES - The playoffs seemed a certainty for Weston Ranch as recently as a week ago, but thanks to a shocking 47-40 loss to Ceres Wednesday night, it now appears that the Cougars will need a little help to qualify for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III postseason.
Eric Godfrey scored 10 of his game-high 17 in the first quarter as the Manteca sophomore boys basketball team raced out to a 13-5 lead and cruised to a 52-45 win.
Two weeks ago, Manteca's boys basketball team hosted in-town adversary Sierra and won a 73-69 overtime thriller to take the outright lead in the race for the Valley Oak League championship.
Considering East Union claimed at least a share of its third-straight Valley Oak League championship with a 61-39 blowout of Oakdale Tuesday night, the senior night postgame atmosphere inside Dalben Center was surprisingly subdued.
SONORA – Sharon Washington continued her recent tear, scoring 22 points, and Davina Bennett added a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds, but costly turnovers down the stretch were too much for Manteca to overcome in a 54-46 loss to Sonora.
RIPON - Perhaps it wasn't an upset after all.
RIPON - The Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs don't tip off until next week, but the postseason has already begun for Ripon.
WESTON RANCH – The Lathrop High sophomore girls basketball team finished its first Valley Oak League season at 8-8 with a 39-27 win over Weston Ranch Monday night.
CERES – The plotlines were plentiful Saturday at Central Valley High, the site of this season's Valley Oak League wrestling championships.
HUGHSON - As all wrestling coaches know, timing is everything.
WESTON RANCH - It was a 32-minute passing-of-the-torch ceremony, but defending Valley Oak League champion Weston Ranch didn't give up that torch so easily.
Head coach Scott Thomason is hoping that his Sierra Timberwolves are beginning to round into shape for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs with a week left in the Valley Oak League season.
In post-game huddles at opposite ends of Agostini Field, the coaching staffs for the Manteca and East Union baseball teams delivered the same message.
Sierra came out the gates amped for senior night Tuesday and scored the game's first two goals in just 13 minutes against the defending Valley Oak League champion Kimball.
STOCKTON – Peyton Rose struck out seven and allowed just one runner to third Tuesday to lead Manteca to a 6-0 win over host Weston Ranch in Valley Oak League softball action.
STOCKTON – Sierra belted 17 hits Tuesday and put up eight runs in the second inning and eight more in the seventh to pummel host Weston Ranch 16-1 in Valley Oak League baseball action.
OAKDALE – Barring a collapse at the Trans-Valley League Championship, the Ripon High boys golf team has assured itself at least a share of its third straight league crown.
Joshua Patton had a goal in mind when he first stepped foot on the Sierra High campus as a freshman.
Lucas Widmer had a giant pair of shoes to fill heading into his senior season the mat.
TRACY – Nick Sharp's game appears to be peaking at the right time.
A leadoff home run coupled with five more runs in the first two innings for East Union proved to be too much for Ripon to handle Saturday in the third annual Cancer Awareness softball game.
Olivia Vezaldenos has the type of talent not typically seen on the high school hardwood but more on blacktops and playgrounds.
There are two sides to Alyssa Cantu, Weston Ranch's groundbreaking wrestler who took second in the CIF State Girls Championships last month at the Visalia Convention Center.
The East Union baseball team won't see Tokay and sophomore pitcher Nick Dentoni the rest of the season, and that's a good thing.
Guss Schmiedt Field hasn't been too kind to Sierra's girls soccer team the last two years.
Sierra standout Dakota Conners delivered on Thursday afternoon in Oakdale.
East Union sophomore Nick Rounsville missed an eagle putt and left a couple of birdies short during Thursday's 205-235 Valley Oak League victory over Manteca at the Manteca Park Golf Course.