The cards were stacked against the East Union High varsity boys basketball team Friday night.
Not surprisingly, the 2012 All-Valley Oak League team is littered with Oakdale High players, but many Manteca-area athletes also got their due.
Sarah Phillips, Anthony Melena and Josh Bird all went undefeated for East Union to help the Lancers wrap up the team portion of the Bear Creek wrestling tournament 3-2 on Friday, finishing seventh out of 14 teams.
STOCKTON – When Eric Duncan's final shot fell harmlessly to the floor as time expired the El Cerrito Gauchos looked more relieved than thrilled. Weston Ranch gave the Gauchos all they could handle in a 69-66 gut-wrenching loss Friday in the 3rd Annual McDonald's Classic semifinal at Delta College.
STOCKTON – Sierra High still has a ways to go, but the Timberwolves seem to be heading in the right direction, fending off a solid Chavez High squad 57-49 in day two of The McDonald's Classic hosted by Edison High in Stockton.
Chris Teevan wasn't impressed with how his Weston Ranch Cougars came out in their second round tourney matchup against Bethel of Vallejo Thursday night.
East Union High opened with a blistering first quarter, but a defensive lapse in the third nearly cost the Lancers in a 61-50 Gene Honk Williams Memorial Basketball Tournament victory in Vacaville Thursday.
The Sierra Timberwolves were able to open the Lodi Tournament on a good note, taking care of first round opponent Downey High 65-40 Thursday in Lodi.
RIPON – With more forfeits than pins the Ripon Indians surely didn't get their most challenging test, yet Ripon showed glimpses of where the club wants to be in a dominating 60-13 Trans Valley League wrestling win over Modesto Christian Wednesday.
The Manteca Buffaloes girls basketball team was able to break loose with a 17-point fourth quarter to close their deficit against West High, but it wasn't enough in Manteca's 39-34 loss to West Wednesday in nonleague action in Tracy.
Starting off The McDonald's Classic with a win was the most important thing for Weston Ranch. The squad answered the call, handling Oakland High 63-53 Wednesday during first round action of the Edison High hosted tournament at Delta College.
When the ball slid through the net after Victoria Vezaldenos' 3-point play late in the fourth, what was in close game became a formality as the junior led East Union to its first win of the season with a 21-point effort in a 46-33 win over Downey High Tuesday.
The spoils of victory were fittingly divvied out to the tri-champions of the Southern League.
East Union's boys basketball team picked up a quality win in Riverbank Tuesday, leading the previously-undefeated Bruins by 22 at one point of a 60-47 victory.
Celine Barber amassed 21 points, and Sierra's girls basketball team used a 24-6 run to blow out host Livingston 56-26 in its second nonleague contest.
MODESTO - Things didn't start out well for East Union's boys basketball team in its second game of the Modesto City Classic on Thursday.
MODESTO - East Union jumped out to a big lead on tournament co-host Downey of Modesto and made it bigger Wednesday before the Knights put up ...
ESCALON - Ripon Christian's girls basketball team hit the hardwood running Wednesday and routed Johansen 50-30 in the first round of the Pete Arellano Memorial ...
LODI - Reina Sausedo scored what Ripon coach Rick Inderbitzin called a "quiet" 19 points in her official varsity debut Tuesday.
Following a three-point play by Victor Elijah late in the game to give Sierra the lead, teammate Parmvir Singh hit two free throws with 6 ...
East Union High opened the new campaign Tuesday with a hard-fought 66-62 victory over Atwater.
The only thing that could halt Sierra's quick-striking attack Tuesday was the lights.
RIPON - It was a full-circle moment for Ryan Bono, who coached his first game for Manteca High's girls basketball team on Monday.
RIPON - Despite a disproportionate advantage in shots, Manteca only managed to escape Stouffer Field on Monday with a 4-3 win over host Ripon in girls ...
STOCKTON - Manteca High's much-vaunted defense was tested early against Placer.
FRESNO - Megan Oblin made a good first impression in her inaugural CIF State Championships race at Woodward Park on Saturday.
Brett Lewis could tell something was a little off with Jorge Cedano, a sophomore who could play a key role on Manteca's defending CIF ...
KENTFIELD – The Ripon High volleyball team is good – very good – but unfortunately, the Indians found out on Saturday what great was.