Closing the Valley Oak League Wrestling Championships with a title in one of the 14 weight-classes was not the only way to find success in the tournament, and that was the case for nearly all of the 35 wrestlers advancing to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Tournament with a fourth place or better finish.
The Ripon Indians sent 10 wrestlers to the mat during the Trans Valley League Wrestling Championships, and nine of the 10 earned berths into the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Tournament with top-four finishes in Saturdays league championships.
RIPON - Rod Wright isn't one to point blame at the officials.
For a brief moment even the East Union boys basketball team may have had some doubt, but trailing by 18 in the third quarter East Union responded, putting together a 65-62 come-from-behind victory Friday in Valley Oak League play.
LATHROP – In a perfect world, the Lathrop High boys basketball team tactics to stop Sierra High post presence Will Ward would have forced his teammates to toss up perimeter jumpers they couldn't knock down. On Friday that wasn't the case, as the Timberwolves' back court connected on 13 3-pointers on their way to a 67-40 Valley Oak League win.
Weston Ranch scored 31 points in the second quarter on its way to an 81-57 walloping of first-year varsity Kimball High in Tracy Friday.
Ripon Christian High's boys basketball team played for the outright championship of the Southern League Friday in Ripon, and the game offered little drama.
Briona Fontenot played a big role in jump starting the East Union offense in the second half of Thursday's much-needed 52-49 Valley Oak League girls basketball payback win over visiting Sonora Thursday.
Daylynn Penner has been dedicated to the Sierra High softball program since she stepped foot on campus nearly four years ago. Penner's dedication paid off as she was awarded a partial scholarship to attend college at the Oregon Coast Culinary Institute and play softball at Southwestern Oregon Community College.
Earning points for the sake of the team is a thing of the past for the wrestlers in the Valley Oak Trans Valley Leagues. For the next match, each man is wrestling for himself, wrestling in hopes of extend their season for another week.
The Lathrop High boys opened the game clicking on all cylinders, jumping out to a double-digit lead after the first quarter, but it wouldn't last, as Sierra High found its groove in the second on its way to a 44-35 Valley Oak League win Thursday.
The result shows a rather ho-hum victory for Modesto Christian's powerhouse girls basketball team, which captured a piece of its fifth straight Trans Valley League championship by downing Ripon High 76-47 at home Thursday.
East Union High boys varsity basketball coach Brett Lewis applauded the effort of his reserves Wednesday against visiting Kimball High of Tracy.
The score may have indicated that the Oakdale Mustangs were a handful of shots away from giving the Sierra Timberwolves a Valley Oak League loss they could not afford, but that was far from the case in Sierra's 60-49 win Wednesday over the Mustangs.
SONORA – The Weston Ranch High boys varsity basketball team claimed at least a share of the Valley Oak League title Wednesday thanks to a 65-56 victory at Sonora.
What is a historic season for Manteca is considered a "down year" for Bishop O'Dowd.
GALT - With a strong mix of underclassmen and varsity veterans, Sierra is ready to return among the ranks of the Valley Oak League's elite ...
OAKDALE - Ripon rebounded from its Trans-Valley League-opening loss in a big way, topping host Escalon 210-222 at Oakdale Golf & Country Club on Wednesday.
East Union outpointed rival Sierra 8-1 at the Manteca Regional Tennis Center on Wednesday, but it far more competitive than the final score indicates.
Sam Rohovit has all the physical tools to play catcher.
RIPON - Lathrop got only four balls out of the infield Wednesday in its road game with Ripon, and three went to Andrew Durrer in right ...
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.