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.
With the Valley Oak League championship already annexed by Manteca High's girls basketball team, the buzz surrounding its anticipated regular-season showdown with rival East Union took a little bit of a hit.
WESTON RANCH - With Sac-Joaquin Section postseason positioning at stake, intensity was not a problem for Weston Ranch and Sierra's girls basketball teams Thursday in their Valley Oak League finale.
RIPON - Thursday might have been senior night for the Ripon High girls basketball team, but it was a sophomore guard who came in off the bench and made the biggest impact in the Indians' last Trans Valley League game.
Winning felt so good for Lathrop High's girls basketball team after Tuesday's victory that the Spartans decided to do it again, putting together a fourth-quarter comeback to sting the Kimball 46-36 in both clubs' Valley Oak League finale.
Eddie Andrade is a young man of few words.
WESTON RANCH - As predicted, the East Union High boys varsity basketball game at Weston Ranch Wednesday was an up-and-down, high-scoring affair.
Lathrop High's varsity boys basketball team has one last chance to notch its first-ever Valley Oak League victory.
Aron Navarette led a second-half Manteca comeback with four goals Thursday as the Buffaloes came from behind to beat visiting Lathrop 4-2 in boys Valley ...
The Sac-Joaquin Section announced Thursday that Manuel Pires is one of its six Model Coaches for the 2016-17 school year.
Sierra accomplished almost all that it wanted to for three quarters against Junior Ballard and visiting Lathrop on Thursday.
MODESTO - East Union's boys basketball team followed one of its worst efforts of the season with its best.
LATHROP - After allowing its previous opponent to shoot 33 free throws in a loss, Lathrop's girls basketball team made it a point to scale ...
East Union High remains in the thick in the Valley Oak League race.
Rhiannon Genilla can make lemonade out of lemons.
Manteca High's Loretta Kakala was one of hundreds of nominees watching the 40th Annual McDonald's All-American Game selection show Sunday evening on ESPNU ...
It is good to have a Tydus in your tank.
East Union needed just 15 seconds to test Sierra freshman goalkeeper Michaela Bitle, who was filling in for ailing starter Callie Crain (shoulder) in Tuesday ...
NEWMAN - The Southern League-leading Ripon Christian girls soccer team got untracked early and often in its 5-0 drubbing of Orestimba on Tuesday.
RIPON - Ripon came out on the winning end of what coach Rod Wright described as a "turnover fest" Tuesday, trouncing always-dangerous Riverbank 75-59 to remain ...
STOCKTON - Weston Ranch looked every bit of that up-and-coming young team on Tuesday.
Manteca was able to accomplish much of what it wanted to in Monday's vital Valley Oak League clash at Sierra's Daniel Teicheira Memorial ...
MORAGA - One of Manteca's shortest players stood tall Monday during the 20th annual MaxPreps/De La Salle Martin Luther King Jr. Classic at St ...