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.
The final outcome was the same, but the rematch was more decisive.
East Union held on to beat visiting Kimball for its first Valley Oak League win of the season Thursday at Agostini Field.
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Sisters Kindra and Maddi Hackbarth put on a hitting clinic Wednesday at Oakdale, helping the host Mustangs blast Sierra 11-4 in a duel of Valley Oak League contenders.
It turns out there will be some drama in the Trans-Valley League after all.
The Sierra High Timberwolves won't much time to enjoy their 7-6 win at Manteca on Wednesday.
The Valley Oak League schedule makers didn't waste any time putting the lions in the ring with one another last fall.
David Hager called sophomore Jason Medina "the big offensive hero" in visiting Weston Ranch's 7-3 upset of Central Catholic on Wednesday.
Little needs to be said between Leah Manuleleua and Lejla Pepic on the pitch.
The last time East Union faced Oakdale they tussled to a 1-1 draw.
The Manteca area's top two high school boys golfers did not go head-to-head on Wednesday, but their teams did.
Sierra's bats started hot, its pitcher got into a groove later and the defense was solid throughout.
In a span of a little bit over five minutes – 5:23, to be exact – the Ripon Indians scored a barrage of goals Tuesday against defending Trans Valley League champion Escalon.
Modesto Christian limited Ripon to just four hits, but the Indians took advantage of seven walks and five errors to post a 9-6 Trans-Valley League baseball win in Salida on Tuesday.
LATHROP - Practice makes perfect.