OAKDALE – East Union made the trip to Oakdale expecting a battle and they got one, holding off the Mustangs for a 38-33 Valley Oak League win.
Sierra High opened up its Valley Oak League match against Lathrop High with five consecutive pins, earning the bulk of its points and then holding off the Spartans for a 48-36 league win Wednesday at Sierra High.
The Manteca Buffaloes weren't sweating the fact that they were playing from behind for most of the first half Wednesday night.
The Valley Oak League season is in full-throttle and the East Union Lancers had no interest in giving up a hard-earned league win, fighting off a resilient Oakdale Mustangs squad for a 56-55 win Wednesday at the Dalben Center.
The East Union Lancers opened up a double-digit lead in the first half and never relinquished, dropping the visiting Oakdale Mustangs 66-55 in Valley Oak League action.
Sierra completely dominated in the post, knocked down big shots from the perimeter and registered a new season high in points scored while dispatching visiting Lathrop's young-but-promising first-year varsity squad 55-46 Tuesday.
After dealing with the play of Ceres High's Jamie Beck for three-and-a-half quarters, the Manteca Buffaloes were still in position to remain undefeated in the Valley Oak League play, but the Bulldogs escaped Winter Gym with a 50-47 win over Manteca Tuesday.
LINDEN - Linden was able to neutralize Ripon Chrsitian's big scoring threat, 6-foot-8 center Tyler Goslinga, in the two team's third non-league matchup of the season Tuesday, but the Lions had trouble containing Daniel Van de Pol and Logan Vos.
CERES - Manteca High's defending Valley Oak League champion boys basketball team knew it would have to change directions in a hurry after losing to Weston Ranch at home last Friday, and the Buffaloes were able to do that with a comfortable 57-47 Valley Oak League win over Ceres.
One late goal in pool play killed Manteca Futbol Club Arsenal's chances to vie for the championship of the Modesto Ajax Winter Invitational this past weekend.
Trailing by 10, 34-24, going into the final period, Lathrop High's sophomore girls basketball team pieced together a 15-6 run to stun Sierra 43-40 on the road Tuesday.
ESCALON - Lathrop High's junior varsity wrestling team had nine Spartans place at the Escalon Tournament this past weekend.
STOCKTON – For any of the area wrestlers have not had the opportunity to experience the CIF State Wrestling Championships, this weekend's Big Valley Wrestling Classic gave some of the state hopefuls a glimpse at what making it to the final stage is like.
The legend of fearless freshman Jordan Kron continued to grow in East Union High's sorely-needed 67-64 victory at Sierra Friday.
The Sac-Joaquin Section ruled that Manteca High guard Kiwi Gardner will serve a four-game suspension, athletic director Ron Inderbitzin confirmed Friday.
Eric Broker fired 13 points, made all five of his free throws and grabbed nine rebounds to lead Ripon Christian's 51-29 win at Denair on Tuesday.
The awards keep pouring in for Alex Laurel and Billy Sharmoug, the Manteca Bulletin's 2013 All-Area Football Co-MVPs.
Ripon Christian's girls basketball team rolled to its seventh straight win Monday, crushing visiting Denair 71-28.
ESCALON – East Union head coach A.J. Reindel only took seven of his wrestlers to Friday and Saturday's Lloyd C. Engel Tournament at Escalon High, and two of them returned home with championships.
Sierra came oh-so-close to winning at East Union's Dalben Center the last time the intra-city rivals met.
RIPON – After having its 43-game Southern League winning streak snapped on Tuesday night, Ripon Christian's entire starting five played inspired basketball on Friday.
STOCKTON -- The Weston Ranch Cougars came ready to play Friday against Manteca.
This may not be the veteran Sierra team that made the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III finals the last two years, but it is still Sierra.
Dave Asuncion slammed his clipboard to the hardwood violently during the third quarter of Thursday's Valley Oak League showdown at Winter Gym.
East Union High 2011 graduates TJ Gordon and Dominic Borba took similar routes to where they're currently at – taking their talents to NAIA schools and continuing their football careers.
Even in defeat, the East Union girls basketball team learned plenty about itself in Wednesday's Valley Oak League-opening contest with visiting Kimball.
STOCKTON - With a random draw to determine the starting weight in dual wrestling matches, the final bout of the night is not often between the heavyweights.
LATHROP -The Manteca High Buffaloes put behind their preseason woes to roll past the host Spartans on Wednesday, 42-26.
The Sierra girls basketball team went into halftime leading by a comfortable margin during its Valley Oak League opener against visiting Oakdale Wednesday night.
By JAMES BURNS