Coming off its first loss of the Valley Oak League campaign and heading into a monster week, it was important for Manteca High to shut down last-place Oakdale Friday night at Winter Gym.
Continuing his bid for the Valley Oak League's Most Valuable Player honors, Sierra High's Christian Williams added another highlight to his ever-growing resumé, dropping 39 on Ceres Friday night in a 69-59 home win.
RIPON – Brandon Petratis' rattled in a layup with 3.7 seconds left for Ripon's deciding points in a thrilling 48-47 victory over visiting rival Ripon Christian Friday in Trans Valley League sophomore boys basketball action.
RIPON – Pretty it was not.
Sonora got the right person the ball at the right spot and the right time.
After trailing for most of the contest Thursday night at Sierra High, the Timberwolves had a golden opportunity slip through their fingers as Ceres sent home a key offensive putback with moments left in regulation to claim a 53-51 overtime win.
RIPON – Ripon High sophomore Alissa Vickers nailed two free throws with 8.6 seconds left in overtime Thursday night at Ripon Christian to lift the Indians over the Knights, 39-38.
When it rains, it pours.
WESTON RANCH - All Weston Ranch had to do was show up at its own gym and go through the motions with the young program's second Sac-Joaquin Section Team Duals Tournament berth already clinched.
STOCKTON – Joe Daretta was all ears Wednesday morning when Sac-Joaquin Section assistant commissioner John Williams was running through the list of league placements for the upcoming realignment.
After holding a 40-22 lead midway through the third quarter, it looked like Sierra wasn't going to have any problem dispatching the visiting Central Valley Hawks at home.
SONORA – C.J. Rivas sent home the game-winning offensive putback with seconds left on the clock Wednesday night in the foothills, as the Manteca High sophomore basketball team picked up a thrilling 40-39 win over Sonora.
SALIDA - He's as automatic as they come.
OAKDALE - On a night in which East Union's newest Valley Oak League rival, Weston Ranch, couldn't contain a scrappy effort from a hard-working underdog, the Lancers showed the rest of the league how it's done, squashing a furious bid by the upset-minded Mustangs in a tight 41-39 victory on the road.
Mariah Navarro and Dallas Mould were outstanding for the Manteca sophomore girls basketball team in a 49-36 win over Sonora Tuesday night at Winter Gym.
The Ripon Christian basketball squad kept it in cruise control during Thursday's Southern League matchup on the road against Le Grand.
Sierra wrestling coach Alex Nuanez had a heart-to-heart chat with fourth-year senior Jonah Treltas before the Timberwolves' pivotal Valley Oak League match with visiting Kimball on Wednesday.
Manteca junior Chelsea Gomez was all over the hardwood Wednesday night.
Selena Valenzuela and Brendon Curtright pulled out dramatic wins via fall to help Weston Ranch edge Sonora 37-36 in a double dual hosted at East Union on Wednesday. The Cougars also dispatched East Union 66-18 to improve to 2-1 in the Valley Oak League.
Oakdale's Anna Perrone and Madison Hackbarth came up clutch for the Mustangs during Wednesday night's Valley Oak League matchup against East Union.
STOCKTON - Weston Ranch's Rauline Martinez hit a 3-pointer to start the game Wednesday against visiting Lathrop, and the Cougars never looked back in a 69-37 Valley Oak League win.
A spot-up shooter with a spot of blood on his cheek gave East Union a victory it desperately needed.
TRACY - Manteca made 14 of 15 free throws in the fourth quarter and missed just one on the night, scoring 16 points in the final three minutes of the game to regain the lead and defeat host Kimball 59-51 in Valley Oak League boys basketball action.
RIPON - There were times Tuesday night when Ripon showed it could compete with once-beaten Riverbank.
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.