When East Union opened its Valley Oak League contest with Sierra High on a 10-0 run, it was a glimpse of what was to be expected during the Lancers' 48-31 victory over the visiting Timberwolves Friday.
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.
It takes a village to raise a child.
Taylor Corona's match was nerve-wracking enough.
Postseason appearances haven't come around too often in East Union's 50-year history, so sixth-year head coach Willie Herrera is understandably estatic to prepare ...
RIPON - Ashlyn Eisenga can serve it where she wants.
SACRAMENTO - Ripon Christian's run in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V playoffs came to an end in the semifinals Tuesday when the third-seeded Knights were ...
MODESTO - Ripon's boys water polo team came up short in its bid to repeat as Sac-Joaquin Section Division III champions, falling to Christian Brothers ...
A student from be.tech's culinary arts program, Stephania Mercado served up the clinching point for Manteca High's girls tennis team on Monday.
ANGELS CAMP - Weston Ranch's Tomas Huerta placed second Saturday in boys Division IV and led the Cougars to a second-place team finish in the ...
STOCKTON - In terms of the postseason, the Sierra High Timberwolves are wait-and-see on what's next.
ROSEVILLE - The best of the Valley Oak League competed in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II Individual Tournament at the Johnson Ranch Racquet Club on Thursday ...
RIPON - The crowd was loud – very loud – but that did not matter to Ripon Christian's Bethany Silveira.
RIPON - Calaveras followed up a lackluster first set with a more spirited effort in the second.
RIPON - Third-seeded Ripon began its Sac-Joaquin Section Division III title defense Thursday with a one-sided 13-3 win over No. 6 Livingston at the Ervin Zador ...
Ripon is playing for another Trans Valley League championship.
Considering how the match started, Manteca girls tennis coach MaryAnn Tolbert was admittedly taken aback at the final outcome.