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.
RIPON – When the Oakdale Mustangs turned up their full-court pressure, Ripon Christian was unable to conquer the challenge, falling to the Mustangs 47-32 in the championship of the Lady Knights Classic Wednesday at Ripon Christian.
TRACY – Sharon Washington had another phenomenal outing leading her Manteca Buffaloes to the consolation championship of the Tracy Breakfast Lions Tournament with a 50-40 win over Foothill High Wednesday.
SALIDA - Rod Wright isn't delusional.
BRENTWOOD – When Weston Ranch opened the first quarter with one of its worst offensive outputs of the season, recovering from its double-digit deficit proved impossible as the Cougars dropped its loser's bracket contest 74-48 to Clovis High in their 10th Annual West Coast Jamboree contest at Liberty High.
The Valley Oak League's defending boys golf champion bounced back well after sustaining its first loss of the early season.
By JONAMAR JACINTO
Manteca picked up its first Valley Oak League win of the season with its best score so far, beating Lathrop 247-305 on Manteca Park Golf Course's par-37 front nine.
The Buffalo Cup champion met the consolation winner in Stockton on Tuesday, but both Manteca and Franklin were shorthanded because of spring break.
Patterson started the season with three competitive losses that were decided by a combined four-run margin.
Sophomore Danielle Sperry improved to 3-0 with her eight-strikeout, three-hit gem, and Ripon continued its early-season roll with a 7-0 win over visiting Summerville on Tuesday.
LATHROP – History has followed Gabe Padilla's arrival on the Lathrop High campus, but even the second-year soccer coach understands they are but small steps in a long climb.
RIPON - Ripon wasn't at its best in an 11-1 nonleague win over Lathrop on Monday but was plenty good enough to end it in the bottom of the fifth on Cara Brown's two-run double.
STOCKTON - Wins have not come easy for Weston Ranch and Monday was no different, as Central Valley of Ceres rolled to a 9-0 non-league win.
In a battle of unbeatens Monday, Manteca High returned from Jackson with its perfect record still intact but had to hold off a late charge for a 4-3 victory over Argonaut.
Ripon Christian's girls basketball team is making its third straight CIF Northern California Regional Division V Championships appearance Wednesday and fourth in five years when it takes on NorCal newcomer St. Vincent de Paul in Petaluma.
East Union's softball team nipped St. Mary's 5-4 Saturday in the championship game of the Ted Yoneda Classic, which was hosted by St. Mary's at Arnaiz Stadium in Stockton.
A sluggish start ended up costing Lathrop High's girls soccer team in a 3-2 loss at Edison on Monday.
Sierra sophomore Josh Spooner crossed the finish line and aggressively pumped his fists in celebration Saturday at the Tom Moore Relays at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
Jasmine Basuil made a veteran-like save during Saturday's penalty-kick shootout against Valley Oak League rival Oakdale at Guss Schmeidt Field.