RIPON – It is one thing to dominate a team with less talent, but to do so with the effort usually reserved for close games is another.
The effort and execution Sierra High's girls basketball team displayed over the final two quarters were missing early, and visiting Sonora took advantage in a 55-43 win Wednesday in both clubs' Valley Oak League opener.
Felipe Duran's unconventional pin sparked East Union's wrestling team in its double-dual with visiting Sonora and Kimball Wednesday at Dalben Center.
Manteca High's Valley Oak League double-dual opener with Lathrop and Oakdale did not last long.
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.
Jaysen Reindel made quick work of his opponent and shot a glance at the Manteca coaches.
The Weston Ranch Cougars are clearly in good position towards clinch the Valley Oak League crown.
East Union's Ciara Goodwin can get things going the right direction in a hurry.
RIPON - It didn't come down to Ripon Christian's size or Ripon's speed on Tuesday.
RIPON - Ripon High claimed hometown bragging rights over host Ripon Christian following Tuesday's Trans-Valley League clash.
STOCKTON - Big players make big plays, and Monday against Central Catholic, D'Angelo Finley made the biggest play of the night.
MARIPOSA - Nearly unstoppable in the opening quarter, the Ripon Christian boys basketball team struggled to make shots down the stretch in its 81-68 nonleague loss ...
Junior Ballard didn't come close to 51 points.
MODESTO – Jackson Rusconi took second at 108 pounds Saturday at the Gregori Memorial Wrestling Tournament at Gregori High School.
Sometimes a game is more than just a game.
Manteca shot out of the gate with an 8-1 run and never trailed Friday night in a 68-55 win over visiting Central Catholic in Valley ...
He's a sophomore named Junior, but in many ways he is more mature than most seniors.
TRACY - The first-place Weston Ranch Cougars managed a 73-63 Valley Oak League victory at Kimball on Friday.
Lathrop's game plan is simple:
OAKDALE - The Lancers put together a solid effort at Oakdale on Friday.