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.
With the Valley Oak League championship already annexed by Manteca High's girls basketball team, the buzz surrounding its anticipated regular-season showdown with rival East Union took a little bit of a hit.
WESTON RANCH - With Sac-Joaquin Section postseason positioning at stake, intensity was not a problem for Weston Ranch and Sierra's girls basketball teams Thursday in their Valley Oak League finale.
RIPON - Thursday might have been senior night for the Ripon High girls basketball team, but it was a sophomore guard who came in off the bench and made the biggest impact in the Indians' last Trans Valley League game.
Winning felt so good for Lathrop High's girls basketball team after Tuesday's victory that the Spartans decided to do it again, putting together a fourth-quarter comeback to sting the Kimball 46-36 in both clubs' Valley Oak League finale.
Eddie Andrade is a young man of few words.
WESTON RANCH - As predicted, the East Union High boys varsity basketball game at Weston Ranch Wednesday was an up-and-down, high-scoring affair.
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 ...