Manteca High's defending Valley Oak League champion boys basketball team began its title defense against visiting Oakdale Tuesday and had little trouble in dispatching the overmatched Mustangs, 55-42.
If there was a perfect way for the three-time defending Valley Oak League champions to tip off their regular season, the Ceres Bulldogs would likely say they witnessed that performance in the East Union Lancers' 52-29 win.
RIPON - Despite holding a five-point lead at halftime, Ripon High watched its lead over Linden dwindle down to a single point midway through the third quarter.
It was not the Sierra Timberwolves' best effort, but it was good enough to push them to a 1-0 mark in Valley Oak League play with a 47-36 home win over the Sonora Wildcats.
OAKDALE - The Manteca Buffaloes held a slim 24-17 halftime lead and never relinquished it during a 45-34 Valley Oak League opening win over the Oakdale Mustangs Tuesday.
Joseph Berry led three scorers in double figures with 14 points, and the Sierra High sophomore boys basketball team repelled the relentless Sonora Wildcats for a 48-47 home win to open the Valley Oak League season.
Manteca High junior Kiwi Gardner could miss a handful of games or forfeit the rest of his athletic eligibility depending on Sac-Joaquin Section sanctions. He will likely not play in tonight's Valley Oak League opener with visiting Oakdale.
Manteca High's boys basketball team opens Valley Oak League play tonight against visiting Oakdale with a pedestrian 7-4 preseason mark, but do not be deceived into believing the Buffaloes are an average squad.
Entering a season with at least a portion of the past three Valley Oak League championships, and four of the past five, would usually make the defending champs the odds-on-favorite to close the season with another one. But the dominance the East Union Lancers have held over their VOL counterparts will hold little merit as the league season gets underway Tuesday for the nine VOL girls basketball programs.
The perception around these parts is that Manteca rules the high school football scene, Sierra reigns in soccer and the softball crown rests on the heads of the Lancers of East Union.
History was made. Dreams were realized. Others were crushed.
WALNUT CREEK - Sierra High's wrestling team brought just 11 athletes to the Bill Martell Tournament Wednesday, but that was enough for it to leave its mark in its final tune-up for the Valley Oak League season.
The 5th Annual Lady Lancer Tournament at East Union High Wednesday lasted just 4 ½ hours.
SONORA – Sierra High will open up the 2010 Valley Oak League season with a visit from the Sonora Wildcats, so the Timberwolves' 52-47 win in the third-place game of the Dominick Fuchs Classic helped Sierra close out the preseason in the best possible way.
OAKDALE – Records are made to be broken, but when you break a record that has stood for longer than you have been alive, that is something special.
MODESTO - Joshua Patton, donning the away blues of Sierra High, stood his ground as teammate and longtime friend Hunter Johnson - wearing Sierra's home whites - looked to find a hole in the 6-foot-8 center's elongated reach to shoot through.
The Manteca area just may be soccer central in this half of the Sac-Joaquin Section.
Clarissa Lecce kept her legs moving, reading the run of play as it moved across the field, anticipating each bounce of the ball.
Nothing is better for a team than controlling its own destiny.
Greg Jones brought Manteca back with his bat and then won the game with his eyes.
MODESTO – Nik Lengert was resourceful and resolute, surviving a marathon match and the hottest of day of the season to reach today's final of the Trans-Valley League Singles Tournament.
The anticipated rematch between the Manteca and East Union girls sprinters will have to wait.
East Union clinched at least a share of the Valley Oak League softball title after Thursday's 13-4 victory over rival Manteca High at Northgate Softball Complex.
Hunter Johnson and Joshua Patton shared the Valley Oak League's MVP honor in what was a historic season for Sierra High's Sac-Joaquin Section Division III champion boys basketball team.
Ripon put together a strong finish to its Trans-Valley League championship run on Thursday, although the heated match with visiting Hughson ended prematurely.
Needing a win to guarantee a second-place finish in the Trans-Valley League, Ripon was unable to overcome host Modesto Christian's eight-run onslaught in the fourth inning in a 9-5 defeat on Thursday.
The East Union girls soccer team's perfect Valley Oak League season was held together by pieces of blue tape on Wednesday evening.
Weston Ranch's dreams of the postseason took a hit Wednesday following a stellar pitching performance by Marco Gonzales.
STOCKTON – The Sac-Joaquin Section Board of Managers have moved boys and girls soccer to the winter, effective during the 2016-17 school year.