Weston Ranch High's basketball teams have made it tougher for the defending Valley Oak League champions to, well, defend their championships.
Modesto Christian has reigned over the rest of the six-team Trans Valley League with little threat since joining the Division IV conference in 2006-07.
ESCALON – After two days of action and enough matches to last a season, East Union High's Stevyn Teeple finished the 23rd Annual Lloyd Engel Wrestling Tournament with the 135-pound title Saturday at Escalon High.
WESTON RANCH - The East Union girls basketball team's bid for Valley Oak League perfection was crushed again at Weston Ranch.
The East Union boys basketball team opened the second period trailing by just one point despite a lackluster start, but the poor effort caught up with them over the long haul in a 76-56 loss to visiting Weston Ranch Friday.
OAKDALE – Opening the game on a blistering 12-0 run gave the Sierra High varsity boys basketball team all the cushion it would need in a 57-32 Valley Oak League win over the Oakdale Mustangs Friday.
RIPON - Ripon High's goal in its final boys basketball game of the non-league season was to have every player see ample court time.
RIPON - Tyler Goslinga wasn't crowned king during Ripon Christian High's 51st annual Homecoming festivities before the boys basketball team's final non-league contest against Summerville Friday, but the 6-foot-8 center later pieced together a performance fit for one.
The East Union sophomore boys basketball team closed out the game in style, outscoring Weston Ranch 23-13 in the final period on their way to the 51 - 43 win Friday.
CERES – The Manteca Buffaloes found themselves fighting a numbers battle in their double-dual match against Sonora and Ceres highs, giving the Buffaloes a task they could not conquer in a 39-27 loss to Ceres and a 56-18 loss to Sonora Thursday.
OAKDALE – East Union showed up in Oakdale and took care of business, halting a normally explosive Mustang offensive attack in a 42-34 Valley Oak League win over the Mustangs.
OAKDALE – East Union made the trip to Oakdale expecting a battle and they got one, holding off the Mustangs for a 38-33 Valley Oak League win.
Sierra High opened up its Valley Oak League match against Lathrop High with five consecutive pins, earning the bulk of its points and then holding off the Spartans for a 48-36 league win Wednesday at Sierra High.
The Manteca Buffaloes weren't sweating the fact that they were playing from behind for most of the first half Wednesday night.
The Valley Oak League season is in full-throttle and the East Union Lancers had no interest in giving up a hard-earned league win, fighting off a resilient Oakdale Mustangs squad for a 56-55 win Wednesday at the Dalben Center.
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.