Not surprisingly, the 2012 All-Valley Oak League team is littered with Oakdale High players, but many Manteca-area athletes also got their due.
Sarah Phillips, Anthony Melena and Josh Bird all went undefeated for East Union to help the Lancers wrap up the team portion of the Bear Creek wrestling tournament 3-2 on Friday, finishing seventh out of 14 teams.
STOCKTON – When Eric Duncan's final shot fell harmlessly to the floor as time expired the El Cerrito Gauchos looked more relieved than thrilled. Weston Ranch gave the Gauchos all they could handle in a 69-66 gut-wrenching loss Friday in the 3rd Annual McDonald's Classic semifinal at Delta College.
STOCKTON – Sierra High still has a ways to go, but the Timberwolves seem to be heading in the right direction, fending off a solid Chavez High squad 57-49 in day two of The McDonald's Classic hosted by Edison High in Stockton.
Chris Teevan wasn't impressed with how his Weston Ranch Cougars came out in their second round tourney matchup against Bethel of Vallejo Thursday night.
East Union High opened with a blistering first quarter, but a defensive lapse in the third nearly cost the Lancers in a 61-50 Gene Honk Williams Memorial Basketball Tournament victory in Vacaville Thursday.
The Sierra Timberwolves were able to open the Lodi Tournament on a good note, taking care of first round opponent Downey High 65-40 Thursday in Lodi.
RIPON – With more forfeits than pins the Ripon Indians surely didn't get their most challenging test, yet Ripon showed glimpses of where the club wants to be in a dominating 60-13 Trans Valley League wrestling win over Modesto Christian Wednesday.
The Manteca Buffaloes girls basketball team was able to break loose with a 17-point fourth quarter to close their deficit against West High, but it wasn't enough in Manteca's 39-34 loss to West Wednesday in nonleague action in Tracy.
Starting off The McDonald's Classic with a win was the most important thing for Weston Ranch. The squad answered the call, handling Oakland High 63-53 Wednesday during first round action of the Edison High hosted tournament at Delta College.
When the ball slid through the net after Victoria Vezaldenos' 3-point play late in the fourth, what was in close game became a formality as the junior led East Union to its first win of the season with a 21-point effort in a 46-33 win over Downey High Tuesday.
The spoils of victory were fittingly divvied out to the tri-champions of the Southern League.
East Union's boys basketball team picked up a quality win in Riverbank Tuesday, leading the previously-undefeated Bruins by 22 at one point of a 60-47 victory.
Celine Barber amassed 21 points, and Sierra's girls basketball team used a 24-6 run to blow out host Livingston 56-26 in its second nonleague contest.
Ripon High's football team accomplished so much in 2012:
It was a game of runs Friday night.
TRACY - Craig Ward is hoping for a better effort next Wednesday when his Lathrop boys basketball team rounds out the regular season against Sierra.
RIPON - The Ripon High bounced back from a dismal start with a second-half surge at Ripon Christian during Friday's rivalry match-up.
RIPON - It took a total team effort for Ripon High to get past host Ripon Christian in Friday's Trans Valley League clash, 52-42.
RIPON - Ripon Christian's girls soccer team is the Southern League champion once again.
Sierra weathered an early storm from visiting Weston Ranch on Thursday and picked up its second Valley Oak League win of the season, 50-47.
RIVERBANK - Noah Hernandez threatened to break a Ripon High record, and the Indians' boys basketball team claimed sole possession of the Trans-Valley League title with ...
LATHROP - The Sac-Joaquin Section's recommendation of moving Lathrop High out of the Valley Oak League and into a new-look Western Athletic Conference held up ...
Weston Ranch was able to cool off the hottest hand in the Valley Oak League on Wednesday.
East Union nearly forfeited the game on its own senior night Wednesday.
Despite playing the fourth quarter with vision in only one eye after a collision at the end of the third, Manteca's Tydus Verhoeven came ...
Jenna Zuniga won't soon forget this Christmas present.
East Union broke open a tie game late in the first quarter and ended the period on a 7-0 run, extending that run to 25-6 ...
LATHROP - Lathrop made a big step toward the postseason after completing a season sweep of Central Catholic on Tuesday, 50-35.
RIPON - Ripon Christian High has a little bit more breathing room atop of the Southern League standings.