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.
Manteca High's freshman boys basketball team mounted a 17-6 run in the third quarter en route to beating rival Sierra 48-38 and claiming the Block M Tournament championship Friday.
RIPON - Ripon Christian was eager to defend its home court in its own tournament.
Sierra has done some of its best work against top teams so far, and Thursday was no different.
East Union High will play for third place today in the Tom Hawkins / Tracy Breakfast Lions Girls' Basketball Tournament.
The Weston Ranch High girls varsity hoop squad will take on host Monte Vista (Danville) today for the Tanzanite Division title of the West Coast Jamboree.
One day after suffering its worst defeat of the season, Ripon High's boys basketball team put together one of its best all-around efforts.
Clay Cuneo's blocked shot at the buzzer secured the East Union sophomore boys basketball team's 40-39 victory over rival Manteca in the semifinal round of the Block M Tournament Thursday.
East Union High's girls basketball team isone win from a shot at the Tom Hawkins/Tracy Breakfast Lions Tournament championship. On Wedensday, it handled co-host West High with ease 50-28 to advance to the semifinal.
LATHROP - Manteca was like all the other boys volleyball teams in the Valley Oak League at the start of the season; a ragtag group of ...
Manteca battled back from two deficits and overcame mistakes in its thrilling 5-4 victory over visiting Oakdale on Wednesday.
OAKDALE - Ripon puts itself in the driver's seat for the Trans-Valley League boys golf title on Wednesday, and the Indians have Rhet Herrin to ...
RIPON - Robert Vernon was pleased to see his bats come alive on Tuesday.
A strong burst of wind blew toward right field just a few seconds too late for Sierra.
The Oakdale bats were hot and the Sierra bats were not.
Manteca sophomore Solman Aniss is heading to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II Individual Tennis Tournament for a second straight year.
LATHROP - Joel Olmos and Alex Gouveia swatted three hits apiece, Jacob Moon added a two-run homer and freshman pitcher Ryan Ward was in full command ...
MOUNTAIN HOUSE - Jonathan Borres served 15 unanswered points at one point in the second game, and the Manteca boys volleyball team rolled past Mountain House ...
Tawny Deerinck is a big part of Manteca High's resurgence in softball, and she aims to help head coach Ashley Carter turn things around ...
FAIR OAKS – Bikram Thiara won three events Saturday in the Bella Vista Bronco Invitational and helped lead the Sierra boys to a fourth-place finish. McKenna ...
TRACY - San Benito-Hollister broke open a scoreless game with three runs in the fifth inning Saturday and East Union could only answer back with two ...
Ripon High went 1-1 in the opener of the NorCal Classic in Tracy.
The East Union High softball team opened the Nor Cal Classic Thursday with a 6-1 loss to host Tracy in the Platinum Bracket.