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.
East Union High will play for third place today in the Tom Hawkins / Tracy Breakfast Lions Girls' Basketball Tournament.
The Weston Ranch High girls varsity hoop squad will take on host Monte Vista (Danville) today for the Tanzanite Division title of the West Coast Jamboree.
One day after suffering its worst defeat of the season, Ripon High's boys basketball team put together one of its best all-around efforts.
Clay Cuneo's blocked shot at the buzzer secured the East Union sophomore boys basketball team's 40-39 victory over rival Manteca in the semifinal round of the Block M Tournament Thursday.
East Union High's girls basketball team isone win from a shot at the Tom Hawkins/Tracy Breakfast Lions Tournament championship. On Wedensday, it handled co-host West High with ease 50-28 to advance to the semifinal.
SALIDA - Defensive adjustment.
RIPON - Ripon Christian toppled a familiar foe in its first-round match of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI playoffs on Thursday.
RIPON - One goal was all it took for Ripon to advance in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V playoffs on Thursday.
Career win No. 400 will have to wait for Sierra head coach Manuel Pires.
East Union beat Oakdale in a coin flip Thursday to get the No. 1 seed for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs.
MOUNTAIN HOUSE - With the outright Trans-Valley League title already clinched, Ripon completed a perfect run Wednesday but had to hold off last-place Mountain House 6-5 ...
Adrian Sevier-Aflleje pitched a gem for East Union on Wednesday and Manteca High committed two seventh-inning errors that led to the only run of the ...
STOCKTON - Weston Ranch capped its winningest season in program history with a 4-0 shutout of defending Valley Oak League champion Sierra on Wednesday.
OAKDALE – Even with a patchwork lineup, East Union battled Oakdale for 10 innings Tuesday before Kindra Hackbarth plated sister Maddi from second on a sizzling ...
Top-seeded Manteca dominated in its Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoff opener on Tuesday, though the 2-0 final against visiting Ceres may indicate otherwise.
TRACY - Three Manteca-area outright baseball champions were crowned on Tuesday.
East Union clinched at least a share of the Valley Oak League title with a 6-2 win over visiting Central Catholic at Northgate Softball Complex ...
Jake Peterson threw a complete-game shutout Monday for Sierra and led the Timberwolves to a 5-0 Valley Oak League win over visiting Weston Ranch, keeping ...
WEST SACRAMENTO - Manteca High's boys tennis team played its final match of the season Monday, but coach Frank Fontana is hoping his young players ...
PATTERSON - Connor Larkin is playing his best golf at just the right time.
Nothing is settled yet in the final week of the Valley Oak League.