Defense helped Manteca High overcome dry spells on the offensive end Tuesday in its first-round showdown with 12th-seeded Natomas in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-III girls basketball playoffs.
RIPON - In the end, it didn't matter that the Ripon Christian girls basketball team nearly surrendered a 20-point lead and virtually invited the visiting Victory Christian Vikings into a game they were never in.
Being the second best team in the Trans Valley League was not good enough to earn Ripon High's girls basketball team a home game in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV playoffs, and it proved costly in the Indians' 78-68 overtime loss to Linden High Tuesday.
The Sierra High girls basketball barely earned one of 16 Sac-Joaquin Section Division-III playoff berths, but getting in earned the Timberwolves a matchup with the tourney's No. 1 seed,
WESTON RANCH - The season came to crashing halt Tuesday for the Weston Ranch High girls varsity basketball team.
Even though blue-chip prospect Josiah Turner, a 6-foot-3 point guard bound for Arizona, was dismissed by the team last month, Sacramento High may still be favored to defend its Division-III crown in the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.
With five teams qualifying and three Manteca Unified schools hosting a first-round game, the Valley Oak League is well-represented in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-III girls basketball playoffs - so far.
Good news first: Sierra High's two losses to end the Valley Oak League girls basketball season last week had no effect on its postseason chances.
EL DORADO HILLS – Closing the Sac-Joaquin Section Divisional Wrestling tournaments with a berth into the SJS Masters meet was the primary goal, but Weston Ranch's Donnell Simms was able to take it a step further by winning the 189-pound championship on his way to the Masters.
Weston Ranch's boys basketball team was expected to contend for the Valley Oak League title this season, even with three sophomores in the starting lineup.
One team was trying to close out a frustrating season with one last quality effort.
LATHROP - J.J. Ramirez wants a commitment from his Lathrop High boys varsity basketball team.
The Ripon Indians opened the contest with a blistering start and never lost track, blasting Orestimba High 88-57 to close out the Trans Valley League boys basketball season Friday.
With the Valley Oak League championship already annexed by Manteca High's girls basketball team, the buzz surrounding its anticipated regular-season showdown with rival East Union took a little bit of a hit.
WESTON RANCH - With Sac-Joaquin Section postseason positioning at stake, intensity was not a problem for Weston Ranch and Sierra's girls basketball teams Thursday in their Valley Oak League finale.
Coming off a loss at Oakdale, East Union's boys golf team got back on track Tuesday by routing Manteca 219-275 at Manteca Park Golf Course.
The Ripon boys and girls swim teams tallied their first wins in the Valley Oak League season Tuesday, toppling visiting Weston Ranch. The Indians won every race.
Joshua Patton was named All-Valley Oak League MVP for a second straight season, only this time he gets to share the honor with a friend.
After ruling the Southern League for three of its four years there, Ripon Christian's boys basketball team returned to the Trans-Valley League this past winter to reign over its longtime traditional rivals.
Sierra got on the board first Monday, but host Manteca poured in three second-half goals to pull away and hand the Timberwolves a 5-1 loss in Valley Oak League soccer action at Guss Schmiedt Field.
East Union's baseball team wrapped up its final pre-league contest with a heartbreaking 3-2 victory to host Tracy at Monte Vista Middle School, but head coach Dan Triglia was encouraged by the defeat on Monday.
East Union put up seven runs in the second inning against visiting Ripon Saturday on the way to an 11-1 Lancers win in the third annual Cancer Awareness Softball Game at Northgate Softball Complex's Garvine Field.
East Union put up seven runs in the second inning against visiting Ripon on Saturday on the way to an 11-1 Lancers win the third annual Cancer Awareness Softball Game at Northgate Softball Complex's Garvine Field.
Nick Oseguera laced a two-out two-RBI double in the third inning to cap a four-run frame and give Sierra the margin of victory in a 4-2 win Saturday over visiting Modesto in non-league baseball action.
Katelyn Allen brought home three gold medals for East Union on Saturday from the Jaguar Relays at Kimball High in Tracy and helped led the Lancers girls to a fourth-place finish while teammate Cody Keener won the high jump as part of the East Union boys attack that also finished fourth.
With Valley Oak League play right around the corner, Sierra High played more of a complete game Friday, defeating visiting Turlock, 6-2.
RIPON - Kevin Tameling cobbled together an ambitious nonleague schedule for Ripon Christian's girls soccer team and who can blame him?
The Manteca High boys tennis team earned its dinner Friday night after capping a busy four-match week with a 6-3 victory at Kimball in a battle of the Valley Oak League's top two teams.
Manteca and host Oakdale were locked in a pitchers' duel through four innings of their Valley Oak League contest on Friday.
Another Ripon-Hughson softball game, another one-run contest.