The parity in the Valley Oak League has made for an exciting season for boys and girls basketball, but it also has several teams scrapping for postseason berths according to the first release of the Sac-Joaquin Section's playoff power ratings.
It's all about control for East Union High's girls basketball team these days.
TURLOCK - East Union High's varsity wrestling team brought just four competitors at Pitman High's 5th Annual Rumble in the Jungle Saturday, but all four produced noteworthy results.
CERES - A loss at Central Valley would have been disastrous to the East Union boys basketball team's postseason hopes, and they were a few big plays, from emerging junior Robert Vaughn, away from letting that happen.
Alison Telles scored 16 of her 21 points to highlight East Union's 50-28 sophomore girls basketball victory at rival Sierra Monday.
LATHROP – By the time Lathrop High's girls varsity basketball team found a handle on its Valley Oak League contest with Oakdale High, the Mustangs were in the midst of an 18-2 run and easily on their way to a 51-28 win over the Spartans Saturday.
HANFORD – A handful of area wrestlers made their way south to compete in the California Girls Wrestling Invitational at Hanford West High just outside of Fresno. The tournament is the final tune-up for the Sac-Joaquin Women's Masters Tournament taking place Feb. 5-6 in Stockton.
RIPON – Ripon High piqued the crowds' anxiety to maximum heights when Andy Bunting pulled the Indians to within three on a layup after a steal with 1:23 remaining, but that would be as close as crosstown host Ripon Christian would have it in its 52-47 Trans Valley League Friday.
A telling statistical category for Sierra High's boys basketball team this season is points allowed.
SONORA - Sonora torched undersized East Union in the post in its 81-67 win on Jan. 6.
The Sierra High boys sophomore basketball team entered the fourth quarter trailing by four points, but a dominant final period lifted the Timberwolves to a comfortable 59-51 Valley Oak League win over the visiting Ceres Bulldogs.
RIPON - It took 7 minutes, 34 seconds for Ripon High's girls basketball team to sink its first field goal Thursday - a jumper from the right elbow off the fingertips of Adrianna Mayberry.
Sierra High's football team reached unprecedented heights last fall and was rewarded for it.
Trailing by double digits going into halftime provided the Sonora Wildcats with all the motivation they would need, mounting a ferocious comeback only to fall to the host East Union Lancers 47-42 in Valley Oak League girls basketball play Thursday.
Manteca blew two one-on-one opportunities in its 1-0 upset of visiting Sierra but the deciding goal took the unconventional route to the net at Guss ...
The Sierra High Timberwolves suffered a tough Valley Oak League loss to Central Catholic Thursday.
DENAIR - Denair needed just 17 minutes to build a comfortable lead in its 5-2 victory over Ripon Christian on Thursday.
MODESTO - Buried by its own mistakes early on, Manteca dropped a three-game loss (22-25, 23-25, 17-25) at Central Catholic in a battle for sole possession ...
The Manteca High Buffaloes are 9-2 in the Valley Oak League.
HILMAR - The Ripon volleyball team came up short against defending Trans-Valley League champion Hilmar on Wednesday.
Manteca scored three goals before visiting Lathrop even got off a shot Wednesday night in an 8-2 win for the Buffaloes in Valley Oak League ...
Manteca defeated visiting Sierra 25-10, 25-14, 25-10 in Valley Oak League volleyball action Tuesday at Winter Gym.
NEWMAN - Sophomore Martin Sanchez recorded a hat trick, leading first-place Orestimba to a 4-0 victory over visiting Ripon Christian on Tuesday.
McKenna Doyle shot 9-over-par 46 at Manteca Park Golf Course on Tuesday to lead Sierra's 273-298 win over Manteca. The victory keeps the Timberwolves ...
Manteca's girls tennis team won some hard-earned sets to notch what ended up being an 8-1 landslide over host Weston Ranch on Tuesday.
Alysia Templeman, Heidi Tazelaar and Miranda Ayala raced to personal bests Saturday for the Ripon Christian girls cross country team in the Pacific Tigers Meet ...
OAKDALE – it wasn't the slow and steady plod that Oakdale is famous for that killed Sierra High at The Corral on Friday night.
RIPON - Ripon head coach Chris Johnson is still trying to figure out what kind of team he has.
RIPON - After getting shut out in its first three Southern League matches, Ripon Christian erupted for a 5-0 win over Mariposa on Thursday.