WESTON RANCH – There seemed to be only one team poised to finish Thursday's Valley Oak League battle between the top two programs alone in first place, until the Manteca High reinvented itself in the fourth quarter for a 19-2 run to stun the Weston Ranch Cougars 67-52 for a come-from-behind girls basketball win.
Sierra High, with its top player out for undisclosed reasons, was within striking distance of four-time defending Valley Oak League girls basketball champion East Union late in the third quarter Thursday at Dalben Center.
RIPON – The relentless press that Ripon High's girls basketball team put on Hilmar Thursday night had dual purposes.
Now at full strength, Mariposa High's girls basketball team was ready to give Southern League Ripon Christian newcomer more of a fight in their rematch Thursday.
The Weston Ranch sophomore girls basketball squad handled its toughest test this Valley Oak League season, fighting off a resilient Manteca comeback in a 47-40 win Thursday in Stockton.
Manteca High's boys basketball team saved one of its best performances of the season Wednesday against crosstown rival Sierra.
Weston Ranch's boys basketball team showed why it can be both frustrating and exciting to watch during one of the most crucial, and yet most routine, sequences in an 81-75 victory at East Union Wednesday.
J.J. Ramirez and his second-year Lathrop High varsity boys basketball team are growing tired of moral victories.
WESTON RANCH – Both Lathrop and Sierra's wrestling program knew how close they were to earning a berth into the Sac-Joaquin Section Team Duals to open the postseason, but it was the Weston Ranch Cougars that proved to be the strongest team handling both clubs to earn the Valley Oak League's No. 2 spot.
Sierra High School's sophomore basketball team improved to 6-1 in the Valley Oak League with a 58-47 win against visiting Manteca on Wednesday.
Manteca High's wrestling team ended its Valley Oak League dual season on a positive note, beating crosstown rival East Union 45-36 Wednesday at Winter Gym.
WESTON RANCH – After one half of play there was little reason for the East Union Lancers to walk into the locker room with their heads up. The Lances floundered nearly every possession they held, they lacked any intensity and they had only mustered 12 points.
Save for the wrap on Sharon Washington's right wrist, Manteca High's girls basketball team showed no ill effects from its recent loss to crosstown rival East Union.
Lathrop High's girls basketball program finally got its first varsity victory in the Valley Oak League Tuesday, stunning host Oakdale, 41-38.
RIPON – After handing archrival Ripon High a double-digit loss in non-conference play Saturday, Ripon Christian head coach Ron Vander Molen was worried about a letdown in the Knights Southern League boys basketball matchup against Gustine Tuesday night.
Marcus Montano has scored bending free kicks at the final whistle to win soccer games.
Inconsistency on offense has plagued Ripon all season, and the 14th-seeded Indians battled through the shooting yips once again in their Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV opener at No. 3 West Campus.
Ripon Christian's first-round opponent?
Jim Agostini didn't recognize the number, but there was no mistaking the voice on the other end of the line.
YUBA CITY – With 5 seconds remaining in the third period Saturday and a tie score in the 285-pound consolation championship of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III Wrestling Championships at River Valley High School, Manteca's Steven Martinez smothered Matt Kjeldgaard of Oakdale and slammed Kjeldgaard to the mat, landing on top of the Mustang and apparently claiming third place.
Weston Ranch hadn't lost back-to-back games all season until it dropped its final two in the Valley Oak League.
Cody Haines and David Onochie, the little big men for the Ripon boys basketball team, are playing some of their best basketball right now.
George Contente looked at West Campus and Colfax as potential opponents first round opponents for his Ripon High girls basketball team.
Midway through the season, East Union was languishing in the middle of the pack, searching for a foothold in the Sac-Joaquin Section playoff chase.
LATHROP – Captain Yaneli Avila is revered for her quiet leadership on the soccer field.
STOCKTON – For the Weston Ranch boys basketball team, the season will finish just as it began – on the road.
Scott Thomason broke from tradition at the start of the basketball season.
Manteca boys basketball coach Brett Lewis feels like the bounces are going the Buffaloes' way as of late.
Daniel Ruiz made five straight free throws in the final minute, 30 seconds, helping host Golden West edge previously-undefeated Sequoia 48-47 in Tuesday's thrilling Manteca Unified Student Trust small-school boys basketball championship game.
The Manteca girls basketball team's stumble to the finish line ultimately cost it a berth to the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.