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.
RIPON – Practice makes perfect.
LATHROP - Lathrop finally has a win in what has been a one-sided Battle of I-5 rivalry with Weston Ranch, but it didn't come easy.
Brett Lewis emerged from the locker room smiling and with good reason: his Manteca boys basketball team had squeaked out a 61-58 win over Central ...
The combined hustle of Daisy Valencia and Jadyn Shinn coupled with a gritty effort from ailing goalkeeper Callie Crain proved to be the difference for ...
Sierra overcame two first-half deficits and dominated the final 40 minutes Wednesday en route to a 4-2 win over visiting Central Catholic to remain undefeated ...
LATHROP - It was good while it lasted.
Sydney Fryer poured in 19 points, 15 rebounds and four assists, but it was the play of the supporting cast that allowed Manteca to keep ...
OAKDALE - Ruby Daube spearheaded East Union's dramatic 42-41 win over Oakdale with 21 points on Wednesday, but it was a key play in the ...
STOCKTON - Lathrop High used a strong third quarter to roll past host Weston Ranch 52-32 in Wednesday's Valley Oak League rivalry clash.
Billy Sharmoug referred to Wednesday's signing to play football at New Mexico State as his second chance.
Based on recent history, Lathrop may be due for another big winning streak.
RIPON - On a rainy, windy night Tuesday host Ripon Christian had the wind at their backs top start the game, putting up three goals in ...
TRACY - A close one throughout, Manteca needed a 21-point burst in the fourth quarter and a triple double from highly-recruited Tydus Verhoeven to pull away ...
HUGHSON - Hughson has been a house of horrors for Ripon in the past.
And on the eighth corner kick, Sierra scored.