Much is at stake in the final week of the Valley Oak League girls basketball season.
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.
Manteca battled valiantly with a starter hobbled by injury and another out for the season, but the Buffaloes could not keep up with the taller ...
LODI - Ripon High's girls golf team is the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V runner-up for a second straight year, but this time two Indians will ...
Senior Night did not start out well for East Union on Monday.
MODESTO - The Ripon boys water polo team went 2-3 in the DeLong Tournament held at Enochs High last Friday and Saturday.
Manteca carried the frustrations of two close losses to Central Catholic into the season, using it as motivation to return to championship form.
LATHROP - Manteca High's girls tennis team has one more match to complete what has been a dominant run in the Valley Oak League.
LATHROP - What started out nip-and-tuck ended up anything but Wednesday night, as visiting Manteca pulled away in the first game and rolled through the next ...
STOCKTON - East Union's run of nine straight Valley Oak League titles officially came to an end Tuesday at Swenson Park Golf Course, but the ...
TRACY - Manteca is the Valley Oak League champion again.
MODESTO - Manteca's postseason hopes hit a snag Monday with a 16-25, 25-16, 16-25, 21-25 loss to Central Catholic on Monday.
RIPON - The Ripon High boys water polo team's streak of Valley Oak League victories came to an end Thursday at Ervin Zador Aquatic Center.
Manteca's service game is improving.
RIPON - Ripon High's girls golf team has been dominating the competition in the Valley Foothill League North Division, and the Indians may still be ...
ESCALON - It is said that records can be thrown out in rivalry games.
Lathrop is a win away from a milestone under first-year head coach Heather Anderson.