Closing the Valley Oak League Wrestling Championships with a title in one of the 14 weight-classes was not the only way to find success in the tournament, and that was the case for nearly all of the 35 wrestlers advancing to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Tournament with a fourth place or better finish.
The Ripon Indians sent 10 wrestlers to the mat during the Trans Valley League Wrestling Championships, and nine of the 10 earned berths into the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Tournament with top-four finishes in Saturdays league championships.
RIPON - Rod Wright isn't one to point blame at the officials.
For a brief moment even the East Union boys basketball team may have had some doubt, but trailing by 18 in the third quarter East Union responded, putting together a 65-62 come-from-behind victory Friday in Valley Oak League play.
LATHROP – In a perfect world, the Lathrop High boys basketball team tactics to stop Sierra High post presence Will Ward would have forced his teammates to toss up perimeter jumpers they couldn't knock down. On Friday that wasn't the case, as the Timberwolves' back court connected on 13 3-pointers on their way to a 67-40 Valley Oak League win.
Weston Ranch scored 31 points in the second quarter on its way to an 81-57 walloping of first-year varsity Kimball High in Tracy Friday.
Ripon Christian High's boys basketball team played for the outright championship of the Southern League Friday in Ripon, and the game offered little drama.
Briona Fontenot played a big role in jump starting the East Union offense in the second half of Thursday's much-needed 52-49 Valley Oak League girls basketball payback win over visiting Sonora Thursday.
Daylynn Penner has been dedicated to the Sierra High softball program since she stepped foot on campus nearly four years ago. Penner's dedication paid off as she was awarded a partial scholarship to attend college at the Oregon Coast Culinary Institute and play softball at Southwestern Oregon Community College.
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.
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.
Jaysen Reindel made quick work of his opponent and shot a glance at the Manteca coaches.
The Weston Ranch Cougars are clearly in good position towards clinch the Valley Oak League crown.
East Union's Ciara Goodwin can get things going the right direction in a hurry.