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.
Manteca High's freshman boys basketball team mounted a 17-6 run in the third quarter en route to beating rival Sierra 48-38 and claiming the Block M Tournament championship Friday.
RIPON - Ripon Christian was eager to defend its home court in its own tournament.
Sierra has done some of its best work against top teams so far, and Thursday was no different.
Weston Ranch coach Chris Teevan didn't want to get too excited after his team's first of two wins over Manteca.
Jake Menasco pitched five shutout innings for Manteca and led the Buffaloes to a 4-1 non-league win over visiting Los Banos on Thursday.
Manteca High needed five innings to dispose of Central Valley on Wednesday.
A strong pitching performance by Escalon High's Robby Rickman and uncharacteristic Sierra defense helped the Cougars to a 7-1 non-league baseball win over the ...
GALT - Jaelen Ragsdale relaced his shoes, stretched his legs and ran in place.
GALT - Manteca's quest for redemption has come full circle.
After a scoreless first four innings, East Union put up six runs in its final two frames to come from behind and down Ripon 6-2 ...
Scoring balance was integral to their teams' success in the Trans-Valley League, but senior point guards Zach Cortright and Jill Jamero managed to stand out ...
LATHROP - Manteca rebounded well from a nonleague loss with Tuesday's 9-0 drubbing of Lathrop.
STOCKTON -David Gonzales and David Lopez supplied some of the pop for the Lathrop offense but were also instrumental in fending off host Chavez from ...
RIPON - The post-Nick Sharp era started with a win for Ripon High's boys golf team.
TRACY - Sierra's boys and girls swim teams started their seasons with wins over West at Pinkie Phillips Aquatic Center on Tuesday.
WOODLAND - Freshman Jadyn Shinn proved herself to be more than ready for the varsity level in the Cal Spring Classic last Friday and Saturday.
The best of the best in the Manteca Unified Student Trust basketball league converged at East Union's Dalben Center this past Saturday for the ...
The Manteca and Weston Ranch boys basketball teams are back in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III semifinals, only this time they aren't facing each ...