For the remainder of the season it is win at all costs, and that was obviously the mindset for the East Union Lancers in their 58-48 Sac-Joaquin Section Division-III first-round win over Dixon High Tuesday at the Dalben Center.
Defense helped Manteca High overcome dry spells on the offensive end Tuesday in its first-round showdown with 12th-seeded Natomas in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-III girls basketball playoffs.
RIPON - In the end, it didn't matter that the Ripon Christian girls basketball team nearly surrendered a 20-point lead and virtually invited the visiting Victory Christian Vikings into a game they were never in.
Being the second best team in the Trans Valley League was not good enough to earn Ripon High's girls basketball team a home game in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV playoffs, and it proved costly in the Indians' 78-68 overtime loss to Linden High Tuesday.
The Sierra High girls basketball barely earned one of 16 Sac-Joaquin Section Division-III playoff berths, but getting in earned the Timberwolves a matchup with the tourney's No. 1 seed,
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.
Brett Lewis clapped, picked up the game ball and joined his players for the traditional postgame handshake.
STOCKTON - If patience is a virtue, the Sierra softball team is about as virtuous as it gets.
HUGHSON - Last week, Ripon High's girls soccer team encountered the three toughest teams - Central Valley, Manteca and Vista del Lago - it is likely to ...
Manteca is building up for its big showdown with Kimball.
The Sierra High Timberwolves topped rival Manteca in Valley Oak League action Tuesday at the Manteca Park Golf Course, 249-303.
ESCALON - The East Union Lancers came away with a thrilling 2-1 non-league win at Escalon on Tuesday.
Manteca High won the battle off the court.
A five-run second was not enough for East Union on Saturday as the Lancers were beat by Alameda 10-7 in the Tracy Baseball Tournament at ...
In the inaugural edition of the Ripon Christian Girls Soccer Classic, Ripon defeated Ripon Christian 2-0 for third place on Saturday.
After three quarters locked in a slugfest with host Manteca on Saturday, Albany needed one more weapon in the final period to advance in the ...
The Weston Ranch Cougars stumbled early on against visiting Bishop O'Dowd in Saturday's NorCal opening round.
Midway through the second half Friday night Minty Doyle headed in a corner kick from Jadyn Shinn for an insurance goal to help tournament host ...
RIPON - Reinforcements arrived just in time for the inaugural Ripon Christian Classic on Friday.
The East Union softball lineup is top-heavy - in a good way.
To be the champion, Weston Ranch (27-4) will have to beat the champion.