The contenders will separate themselves from the pretenders this week in the Valley Oak, Trans Valley and Southern leagues.
ESCALON – Aidan Foster made the most of his participation in the 24th Annual Lloyd Engel Wrestling Tournament, closing as the 152-pound champion and being named the tournament's Most Outstanding Wrestler of the upper-weights Saturday at Escalon High.
Kimball High already has itself a boys basketball team to be reckoned with, and that's without a senior class.
In a game that saw quality offense displayed in brief spurts, East Union senior Robert Vaughn had to convert on a pair of free throws in the game's final minute and he made good, sending the Oakdale Mustangs home with a 44-41 Valley Oak League defeat Friday at Dalben Center.
The first quarter put the Manteca High boys basketball team in a good position to depart from Sonora with a Valley Oak League win, but their fast start would not last a 46-42 league loss Friday.
LATHROP - The Spartans gave it their all Friday against visiting Weston Ranch.
Justin Patton scored half of the Sierra High sophomore boys basketball team's 22 first-quarter points and ended up with a game-high19 points, helping the Timberwolves crush visiting Kimball 82-39 Friday.
Ripon High's boys basketball team didn't have too tough a challenge from the Hughson Huskies, and it showed in a 67-34 blowout Trans Valley League victory Friday in Ripon.
Without reigning Valley Oak League MVP Cassandra Clark and two other starters, Oakdale High's girls basketball team didn't have a chance against the conference's four-time defending champion.
Sharon Washington wanted this one badly and played like it.
So far, so good for Ripon Christian's girls basketball team.
Sarah Phillips got it going for East Union's varsity wrestling team with a hard-fought 9-7 victory in the 103-pound match, but it was all Weston Ranch after that in a Valley Oak League double-dual Wednesday at Dalben Center.
WESTON RANCH – In the opening minutes, it seemed like Lathrop High's girls basketball team was ready to take on the challenge of keeping pace with Weston Ranch, but as time wore on the Spartans were clearly in over their heads in a 75-47 Valley Oak League loss Thursday.
It has been quite some time since the Weston Ranch High sophomore girls basketball team have been on the short-end of a basketball game, and that fact didn't change Thursday when the Cougars remained perfect in Valley Oak League play with a 50-40 win over Lathrop High.
LATHROP – When the Oakdale Mustangs packed up their bags and made their way back towards Oakdale, Lathrop and Manteca highs entangled in a more competitive Valley Oak League match, yet the Spartans were the superior program in a 50-26 win Wednesday.
Barely three minutes into the game, Ivy Benson fought through a pack of Oakdale defenders for a goal, and midway through the first half Leah ...
The race for the fourth and final Sac-Joaquin Section playoff berth is on in the Valley Oak League.
Central Catholic found out firsthand last week that there is no quit in Manteca.
It was home sweet home for East Union's five seniors during a Valley Oak League "away" softball game against Central Catholic, which does not ...
TRACY - Scott Tolman made school history during his outstanding junior season.
Oakdale handed Sierra an own goal in the game's first minute Monday and battled back from a three-goal deficit to knock the Timberwolves out ...
Regardless of the outcome, three Manteca High boys tennis players are going to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II Individual Tournament.
Sierra High's boys swim team can do no worse than first.
A Ripon High graduate and former coach at her alma mater, Jocelyn Benziger will now lead the volleyball team next door.
PATTERSON - Ripon wasn't exactly sharp in its 240-285 Trans-Valley League win over Hilmar at Diablo Grande Golf and Country Club on Thursday, but the ...
ESCALON - Ripon tuned up for its toughest stretch in Trans-Valley League play with a 6-1 trouncing of Escalon on Thursday.
East Union's offense is on a roll.
Manteca led off the bottom of the first Thursday with three infield singles that led to two runs, but visiting Oakdale proved to be too ...
OAKDALE - It was almost an all-Manteca final in the Valley Oak League Doubles Tournament at Oakdale High on Thursday.
RIPON - Ripon High's swim team celebrated Senior Day and another Valley Oak League championship for the girls on Thursday.