LATHROP - Ripon High's boys basketball team did well to make it a game for a half, but Modesto Christian had too much in its arsenal for the Indians to keep up for the long haul.
Wayne Cheung single-handedly outscored Central Valley in East Union High's 58-30 homecoming victory Friday in sophomore boys basketball action.
Sharon Washington hit the big shot to help Manteca High's girls basketball team beat Sierra the first time the two teams met, and she was at it again Thursday in the Valley Oak League rematch with postseason berths on the line for both squads.
Manteca resident and St. Mary's High girls basketball star Chelsea Gray has garnered nationwide attention and the accolades that come with it, but the latest tops them all.
CERES - East Union High's girls basketball team has a funny way of showing appreciation.
WESTON RANCH - Tuesday's loss to East Union may hurt the Weston Ranch High girls basketball team's playoff chances in the end, but the Cougars were able to snap a four-game losing streak with a 56-34 victory over Lathrop.
CERES - What started out as an offensive onslaught turned out to be a defensive struggle for the remainder of the contest, and East Union High's sophomore girls basketball team was able to squeak out with a 37-36 win at Central Valley.
Manteca Unified has been well represented in the heavyweight division in recent years, and East Union High junior Devon Woodall will look to keep the trend going in the Valley Oak League Wrestling Championships Saturday at Weston Ranch.
WESTON RANCH – After taking the lead and setting the stage for a come-from-behind victory with just over four minutes remaining, the East Union boys basketball team went ice cold, dropping its must-win Valley Oak League contest to Weston Ranch 64-50 Wednesday.
The Sierra High varsity boys basketball team had little trouble taking care of business against the visiting Oakdale Mustangs, dominating on every facet in a 60-32 Valley Oak League win Wednesday.
Sierra High's sophomore basketball team used clutch free throw shooting down the stretch to out-duel Oakdale High 70-62 Wednesday in Valley Oak League action.
The nets are still hanging from the rims at Dalben Center - for now.
RIPON – Slipping three spots in the Sac-Joaquin Section basketball power ratings and a shot to avenge a Trans Valley League loss to the Escalon Cougars were motivation enough for Ripon Christian's in its 66-53 win over the Cougars Tuesday.
OAKDALE - Sierra High's girls basketball team probably best defines what has been a wild Valley Oak League race this year, as it split a regular-season series with a third postseason contender by falling to Oakdale 44-18 Tuesday.
The East Union girls sophomore basketball team wasted little time asserting itself against the visiting Weston Ranch Cougars, jumping out to a 26 point halftime lead on the way to a 55-26 Valley Oak League shellacking Tuesday.
Ripon hadn't played a match away from familiar Stouffer Field in nearly three full weeks until it traveled to Hilmar on Thursday.
Ripon avenged a previous loss and put itself in a good position to return to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Tournament with Thursday's 164-174 win over Linden at Jack Tone Golf Course.
The Southern League race has quietly developed into an intriguing one.
Pay no mind to Lathrop's record.
Ripon Christian visited Delhi on Tuesday and avenged its only Southern League loss with a 1-0 victory that keeps the Knights atop the standings.
Ripon overcame serving errors and a game Hughson squad in a Trans-Valley League road match Wednesday.
The Manteca Jr. Timberwolves' novice football team rode the legs of Elijah Cota in Saturday's overtime 25-19 victory over their cross-town rival Chargers.
Escalon got one step closer to clinching the Valley Foothill League's North Division championship Tuesday after beating second-place Ripon 160-175 at Escalon Golf Course.
Weston Ranch beat East Union at its own game in a duel between the Valley Oak League's hottest teams Monday at Dino Cunial Field.
Coming off a tough five-game loss to rival Escalon, Ripon bounced back nicely with Monday's 25-13, 25-10, 25-23 sweep at Modesto Christian.
East Union's Edmi Lopez is a Timberwolf slayer.
Ripon Christian's boys soccer team overcame a halftime deficit, and Andrew Manes nailed the go-ahead goal in the 72nd minute to knock off host Le Grand 2-1 on Thursday.
The Manteca and East Union volleyball teams split their first two sets Wednesday before the visiting Lancers atoned for an earlier season sweep and pulled away to win the next two for a 25-21, 24-26, 25-22, 25-17 win in Valley Oak League action at Winter Gymnasium.
East Union co-head coaches Brian Goulart and Dennis Wells figured this was the year that the Lancers' run of championships in the Sierra Invitational would end.
The hardest part of the schedule is over for Ripon's football team.