The area's three remaining girls basketball teams are each one win away from qualifying for NorCals while advancing into the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs semifinal round.
For the remainder of the season it is win at all costs, and that was obviously the mindset for the East Union Lancers in their 58-48 Sac-Joaquin Section Division-III first-round win over Dixon High Tuesday at the Dalben Center.
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.
The Sierra boys picked up three silver medals in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II-III Track and Field Championships at Bella Vista High School in Fair ...
STOCKTON - Ripon High Indians are back in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V championships.
STOCKTON - Lindsey Walljasper woke up with the fever on Thursday.
The Ripon girls' 4x400-meter relay finished sixth at the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV-V Track and Field championships in 4 minutes, 15.41 seconds on ...
Vengeance may be the Lord's, but Manteca got its own revenge Thursday night, eliminating River Valley of Yuba City from the Sac-Joaquin Section Division ...
FAIR OAKS - Three Manteca Unified athletes earned berths to the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters meet Wednesday at Bella Vista High.
STOCKTON - Ripon was locked and loaded for the start of its Sac-Joaquin Section Division V playoff run Wednesday at Arnaiz Softball Complex.
STOCKTON - Connor McGovern knows how to lay down an exclamation point.
Manteca head coach Justin Coenenberg tried to find fault in his team at halftime of the Buffaloes' Sac-Joaquin Section Division III semifinal with visiting Vista ...
STOCKTON - Ripon High played enough of the little things in Thursday's Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Playoff opener against Summerville.
SACRAMENTO - Three mistakes by the defense proved costly for Ripon in its Sac-Joaquin Section Division V semifinal won by second-seeded Capital Christian 3-1 on Wednesday.
SACRAMENTO – East Union softball coach Brian Goulart is the king of plug-and-play.
Coming off four straight shutouts, Manteca's veteran defenders will be tested tonight by Vista del Lago's multi-threat attack in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division ...
SACRAMENTO - Tenth-seeded East Union was one of three Valley Oak League teams to lose their Sac-Joaquin Section Division III postseason openers on Monday.
EL DORADO - Manteca's few mistakes proved costly in its 3-1 loss at No. 7 Union Mine in their Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs out-bracket ...