It was not their best performance.
After putting itself in the best possible position to win their first-ever Valley Oak League game, Lathrop forfeited its 10-point lead and needed to fend off a stubborn East Union club in a 42-40 win Tuesday at Dalben Center.
George Contente figured his Ripon High's girls basketball team was going to have its hands full when it hosted Hilmar for a Trans-Valley League opener Tuesday.
The most challenging part to the Southern League opener for Ripon Christian was likely making the long trek to Mariposa. Once the Knights showed up it was all business, cruising to an easy 55-33 win in both teams' league openers.
Sierra's boys basketball squad made its fourth trip to Sonora in seven days Tuesday, and the Timberwolves returned home with their 10th straight victory.
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.
Joshua Fala can cross one more thing off his bucket list.
East Union's Donja Payne can turn a game around.
Manteca is gearing up for its rematch with Valley Oak League-leading East Union, but the Buffaloes aren't looking past any of their opponents until ...
Bulletin staff reports
LOOMIS - Ripon's Desi Cruz Sampson had three dramatic head-and-arm throw victories Saturday to win three in a row on the way to a third-place ...
Anytime Olivia Vezaldenos gets on a roll, which is often, she doesn't need to get the green light from East Union head coach Jim ...
Manteca scored the final 13 points of the game Friday night to turn a two-point thriller into a comfortable 62-47 Valley Oak League boys basketball ...
STOCKTON - Sierra High gave Weston Ranch a scare Friday night.
LATHROP - Adonis Payton isn't the first person Nathan McGrath would want to take the last shot of a game, but he was glad the ...
Darrell Johnson could finally breathe out a sigh of relief.
RIPON - Rod Wright knows that no lead is safe against Hilmar.
Having also played for her alma mater, Manteca High coach MaryAnn Tolbert has a lot of fond memories of the girls basketball team's past ...
HILMAR - After his team blew out Hilmar in the Trans-Valley League opener, Ripon girls basketball coach George Contente warned his team of a possible letdown ...
Gino Campiotti hit the game-winning basket and then sealed the victory with a steal for the Manteca High boys sophomore team on Thursday when the ...
To move forward from its recent rough patch, Sierra had to go back to what made it great to begin with.