When the Valley Oak League boys basketball season gets underway tonight, the league will break down into two groups. In one group six teams, East Union, Manteca, Lathrop, Kimball and Oakdale will vie to separate themselves from one another. And in the other group will be Sierra and Weston Ranch.
One victory separated three teams in the final Valley Oak League girls basketball standings a season ago. And if defending league champions Manteca High, Weston Ranch and East Union are linked together like sausage again in 2012, it will not be a surprise.
It was a year of "first time evers" and "first time in a long times" in Manteca area sports.
The Sierra High boys basketball squad captured the Fuchs Memorial Holiday Classic crown Friday at Columbia College.
Throughout the West Coast Jamboree the Weston Ranch girls basketball team was able to put up quality showings against each tournament opponent, but that was not the case in the Cougars' 61-39 loss to Monte Vista in the championship round of the Tanzanite Division.
Jim Agostini wanted to see how his East Union girls basketball team's conditioning and depth would hold up on the fourth and final day of the Tom Hawkins/Tracy Breakfast Lions Tournament Friday at Tracy High.
Weston Ranch's boys basketball team finished with a more-than-respectable third-place effort in the Modesto Christian Holiday Classic Friday, defeating the tournament host in overtime, 79-77. It was the second time in as many years that the Cougars defeated Modesto Christian in overtime.
Manteca High's freshman boys basketball team mounted a 17-6 run in the third quarter en route to beating rival Sierra 48-38 and claiming the Block M Tournament championship Friday.
RIPON - Ripon Christian was eager to defend its home court in its own tournament.
Sierra has done some of its best work against top teams so far, and Thursday was no different.
East Union High will play for third place today in the Tom Hawkins / Tracy Breakfast Lions Girls' Basketball Tournament.
The Weston Ranch High girls varsity hoop squad will take on host Monte Vista (Danville) today for the Tanzanite Division title of the West Coast Jamboree.
One day after suffering its worst defeat of the season, Ripon High's boys basketball team put together one of its best all-around efforts.
Clay Cuneo's blocked shot at the buzzer secured the East Union sophomore boys basketball team's 40-39 victory over rival Manteca in the semifinal round of the Block M Tournament Thursday.
East Union High's girls basketball team isone win from a shot at the Tom Hawkins/Tracy Breakfast Lions Tournament championship. On Wedensday, it handled co-host West High with ease 50-28 to advance to the semifinal.
Bulletin staff reports
It took five sets but host Weston Ranch handed Central Catholic-Modesto its first Valley Oak League loss Thursday in thrilling fashion, 25-23, 24-26, 25-18, 22-25 ...
Brooke Riley continues to amaze.
By DAVE CAMPBELL
After coasting through the first two sets 25-12, 25-10 on Tuesday night, host East Union found itself locked in a bitter battle with visiting Lathrop ...
The Manteca High girls tennis team are still within reach of first-place Central Catholic following an important 7-2 win over visiting Oakdale on Tuesday.
Nolan Lingley's 5-yard touchdown run in the fourth period Saturday keyed a 20-14 come-from-behind win for the Ripon Knights varsity over the host Modesto ...
TRACY - Adrienne Beltrami hoped to break up Karina Rodriguez's rhythm at the service line by calling a timeout for Ripon, which then trailed 14-9 ...
Despite taking 15 first-half shots, East Union could manage just one goal in the first 39 minutes Monday night when Gerardo Romero found the net ...
Despite two touchdowns for the Manteca Chargers from Marcelo Morales, the Manteca Jr. Timberwolves junior varsity held on for a 24-19 win over the Chargers ...
Derek Roy scored two touchdowns for Ripon on Thursday in a 28-18 loss to Sonora in non-league freshman football action.
In the Valley Oak League volleyball opener, the Buffaloes rode the momentum Thursday to squeak past rival East Union.
Ripon swept visiting Big Valley Christian-Modesto 25-14, 25-16, 25-20 in non-league volleyball action Thursday.
It came down to a tiebreaker, but the Weston Ranch girls tennis team was able to squeak out a victory against intradistrict rival East Union ...
Ripon Christian got behind early to host Delhi on Thursday and lost 3-0 in Southern League soccer action.