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.
The Lathrop Spartans boys basketball team had reason to believe they were possibly going to snatch their first Valley Oak League win, but the Manteca Buffaloes chose to keep head coach J.J. Ramirez and the Spartans waiting in a 48-44 win at Lathrop Wednesday.
RIPON - Before and after powerhouse Modesto Christian was in the picture, Mariposa High had long been king of boys basketball in the Southern League.
Weston Ranch's girls basketball team has seemingly had every opportunity to assert itself as one of the Valley Oak League's top two teams, and the Cougars' latest opportunity slid away to the Sonora Wildcats in a 50-42 loss Tuesday in Stockton.
When you get the chance to put all of your sophomores onto the floor at the same time in a varsity game, it usually says something about how the game is going.
While a lot of people would have been upset having lost by such a large margin, Lathrop High coach Ed Fang was actually pleased with the performance of his girls on the road at Manteca Tuesday night.
RIPON – The Ripon High girls varsity basketball squad unleashed its defense against visiting Hughson, resulting in a 43-20 Trans Valley League victory on Monday.
No area team improved its postseason position as much as the East Union boys and Sierra girls basketball squads, according to the second release of the Sac-Joaquin Section's power ratings.
Ripon Christian's boys basketball team can put its run of second-place finishes to rest tonight.
SALIDA – In a game that was nonexistent a few weeks ago, the Weston Ranch Cougars seized the moment in an 89-84 overtime shocker over Modesto Christian in the Crusaders' home gym Saturday in front of a standing room crowd.
LATHROP - Anand Hundal will probably be on time for practice from now on.
Chris Teevan joked that he might need a search party to find the Weston Ranch boys basketball team's home jerseys.
Kimball put its best defender on East Union's best shooter on the final play of Tuesday's Valley Oak League opener at Dalben Center.
It's not just about what Manteca High's baseball team accomplished, but how it went about doing so.
Sierra begins its Valley Oak League title defense tonight against visiting Oakdale.
In a word - balanced.
STOCKTON – The battle for second place Saturday at Stagg High School's Demolition Day Wrestling Tournament came down to the 285-pound bout between East Union's Michael Villanueva and Sierra's David Saenz. Villanueva got the pin to get the Lancers second place by a point and he was awarded the outstanding heavyweight wrestler award.
Mark Paule Jr. burst onto the scene with seven touchdowns in a season-opening victory at Ripon High, and then never let off the gas.
Ruby Daube stepped up big for East Union once again.
With its bigs slowed by foul trouble, Sierra looked to its guards to end its pre-league schedule on a high note Friday at Tokay.
On multiple occasions this past fall season, Dani Erdelatz and some of her Ripon Christian teammates acknowledged that the 2014 Knights lacked the star power of their predecessors.