WESTON RANCH - The season came to crashing halt Tuesday for the Weston Ranch High girls varsity basketball team.
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.
Brijanee Moore visited her old stomping grounds Friday night and did not disappoint in her much-anticipated return.
The fuel light flickered on for the Sierra High girls basketball team just as its bitter rival received two drops of nitro.
The Manteca Futbol Club will host the 3rd annual Riley Simmons 6v6 Shootout on Jan. 31 at Woodward Park.
A strong defensive effort buoyed the Lathrop girls basketball team's first Valley Oak League win of the season Friday when the Spartans toppled visiting Central Catholic, 33-29.
STOCKTON - Anand Hundal narrowly missed a triple-double for a second game in a row, but on Thursday it was Manteca's guards who stood tallest in a 70-59 win at Weston Ranch.
Sierra led East Union by 11 points at halftime and then silenced the partisan Dalben Center crowd with a 24-11 third quarter on the way to an 82-43 win in Valley Oak League boys basketball action.
Lathrop's season-long struggles continued at Central Catholic on Thursday.
Brijanee Moore made her anticipated debut with the Weston Ranch girls basketball team Wednesday.
Sierra made its first Valley Oak League match of the season a short one.
ESCALON - Escalon appears to be the class of the Trans-Valley League once again.
Ripon Christian had one of the Sac-Joaquin Section's top teams on the ropes by halftime, but that was DeAndre Stallings' cue to take over for Liberty Ranch.
No practice was as big as Tuesday's session for East Union.
The Sierra High boys basketball team has a 6-foot, 8-inch, rim-rocking, shot-blocking star.
LATHROP - Anand Hundal will probably be on time for practice from now on.
Chris Teevan joked that he might need a search party to find the Weston Ranch boys basketball team's home jerseys.