The effort and execution Sierra High's girls basketball team displayed over the final two quarters were missing early, and visiting Sonora took advantage in a 55-43 win Wednesday in both clubs' Valley Oak League opener.
Felipe Duran's unconventional pin sparked East Union's wrestling team in its double-dual with visiting Sonora and Kimball Wednesday at Dalben Center.
Manteca High's Valley Oak League double-dual opener with Lathrop and Oakdale did not last long.
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.
Thanks to Tawny Deerinck, the science wing at Manteca High may need a new skylight.
LATHROP - Lathrop's first four batters reached in the bottom of the seventh, but visiting Chavez was able to limit the damage for a 9-7 ...
STOCKTON - Manuel Rubio pitched three innings and went 3 for 4 with three runs at the plate, helping Weston Ranch complete a series sweep of ...
Jhai Flowers set a new school record in the pole vault in helping Lathrop's boys track and field team trample host Manteca 111-23 in ...
RIPON - Ripon hit the pool swimming Thursday, dominating visiting Sierra and Kimball to sweep the Valley Oak League-opening tri-meet at Ervin Zador Aquatic Center.
Manteca's Gino Campiotti broke open a close game in the sixth inning with a bases-clearing double and pitched five innings to get the win ...
RIPON - Things were looking bleak just a week ago for the Ripon boys golf team.
East Union was held to two hits but was rewarded for its patience at the plate in a 3-1 win over visiting Atwater on Wednesday.
A rough start was only part of the reason for Sierra High's 5-3 loss to visiting Turlock on Wednesday.
Sometimes patience wins out over power.
PATTERSON - One day after winning a pitchers duel against powerhouse Ceres, Manteca squeaked past Patterson 11-10 in a slugfest Wednesday.
When Manteca's Kyle Reis goes on a roll, he goes on a roll.
East Union won the majority of the matches played, but it wasn't enough to overcome its low numbers in a 6-3 loss to visiting ...
OAKDALE - The Manteca High varsity boys swim team earned a rare win over Oakdale in its season-opening double dual on Tuesday.
Ryan Ward got all the run support he needed in the first inning, as Manteca scored three runs and rode its freshman pitcher to a ...