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 Lathrop Spartans boys basketball team had reason to believe they were possibly going to snatch their first Valley Oak League win, but the Manteca Buffaloes chose to keep head coach J.J. Ramirez and the Spartans waiting in a 48-44 win at Lathrop Wednesday.
RIPON - Before and after powerhouse Modesto Christian was in the picture, Mariposa High had long been king of boys basketball in the Southern League.
Weston Ranch's girls basketball team has seemingly had every opportunity to assert itself as one of the Valley Oak League's top two teams, and the Cougars' latest opportunity slid away to the Sonora Wildcats in a 50-42 loss Tuesday in Stockton.
When you get the chance to put all of your sophomores onto the floor at the same time in a varsity game, it usually says something about how the game is going.
While a lot of people would have been upset having lost by such a large margin, Lathrop High coach Ed Fang was actually pleased with the performance of his girls on the road at Manteca Tuesday night.
RIPON – The Ripon High girls varsity basketball squad unleashed its defense against visiting Hughson, resulting in a 43-20 Trans Valley League victory on Monday.
No area team improved its postseason position as much as the East Union boys and Sierra girls basketball squads, according to the second release of the Sac-Joaquin Section's power ratings.
Ripon Christian's boys basketball team can put its run of second-place finishes to rest tonight.
SALIDA – In a game that was nonexistent a few weeks ago, the Weston Ranch Cougars seized the moment in an 89-84 overtime shocker over Modesto Christian in the Crusaders' home gym Saturday in front of a standing room crowd.
CERES - Young, yes, but these Cougars from Weston Ranch are far from inexperienced.
Erik Scheive found space at the back-door, finishing a third-quarter lob with authority.
STOCKTON - Rosemont stifled Weston Ranch's guards early and fully controlled the tempo in Tuesday's Sac-Joaquin Section Division III opener.
AUBURN - Olivia Vezaldenos gave East Union High its first lead of Tuesday's Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoff basketball game by draining a 3-pointer with 56 seconds to play in the opening half.
Marcus Montano has scored bending free kicks at the final whistle to win soccer games.
Inconsistency on offense has plagued Ripon all season, and the 14th-seeded Indians battled through the shooting yips once again in their Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV opener at No. 3 West Campus.
Ripon Christian's first-round opponent?
Jim Agostini didn't recognize the number, but there was no mistaking the voice on the other end of the line.
YUBA CITY – With 5 seconds remaining in the third period Saturday and a tie score in the 285-pound consolation championship of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III Wrestling Championships at River Valley High School, Manteca's Steven Martinez smothered Matt Kjeldgaard of Oakdale and slammed Kjeldgaard to the mat, landing on top of the Mustang and apparently claiming third place.
Weston Ranch hadn't lost back-to-back games all season until it dropped its final two in the Valley Oak League.
Cody Haines and David Onochie, the little big men for the Ripon boys basketball team, are playing some of their best basketball right now.
George Contente looked at West Campus and Colfax as potential opponents first round opponents for his Ripon High girls basketball team.
Midway through the season, East Union was languishing in the middle of the pack, searching for a foothold in the Sac-Joaquin Section playoff chase.
LATHROP – Captain Yaneli Avila is revered for her quiet leadership on the soccer field.
STOCKTON – For the Weston Ranch boys basketball team, the season will finish just as it began – on the road.