RIPON - Despite holding a five-point lead at halftime, Ripon High watched its lead over Linden dwindle down to a single point midway through the third quarter.
It was not the Sierra Timberwolves' best effort, but it was good enough to push them to a 1-0 mark in Valley Oak League play with a 47-36 home win over the Sonora Wildcats.
OAKDALE - The Manteca Buffaloes held a slim 24-17 halftime lead and never relinquished it during a 45-34 Valley Oak League opening win over the Oakdale Mustangs Tuesday.
Joseph Berry led three scorers in double figures with 14 points, and the Sierra High sophomore boys basketball team repelled the relentless Sonora Wildcats for a 48-47 home win to open the Valley Oak League season.
Manteca High junior Kiwi Gardner could miss a handful of games or forfeit the rest of his athletic eligibility depending on Sac-Joaquin Section sanctions. He will likely not play in tonight's Valley Oak League opener with visiting Oakdale.
Manteca High's boys basketball team opens Valley Oak League play tonight against visiting Oakdale with a pedestrian 7-4 preseason mark, but do not be deceived into believing the Buffaloes are an average squad.
Entering a season with at least a portion of the past three Valley Oak League championships, and four of the past five, would usually make the defending champs the odds-on-favorite to close the season with another one. But the dominance the East Union Lancers have held over their VOL counterparts will hold little merit as the league season gets underway Tuesday for the nine VOL girls basketball programs.
The perception around these parts is that Manteca rules the high school football scene, Sierra reigns in soccer and the softball crown rests on the heads of the Lancers of East Union.
History was made. Dreams were realized. Others were crushed. The first decade of the 21st century ended with a bang in the world of sports here in the Manteca area and for Manteca-area natives that have moved on to great things - one being Scott Brooks, the head coach of the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder. The East Union High legend tops the Bulletin's top-10 stories of 2009 in Manteca and beyond. Brooks is the first ...
WALNUT CREEK - Sierra High's wrestling team brought just 11 athletes to the Bill Martell Tournament Wednesday, but that was enough for it to leave its mark in its final tune-up for the Valley Oak League season.
The 5th Annual Lady Lancer Tournament at East Union High Wednesday lasted just 4 ½ hours.
SONORA – Sierra High will open up the 2010 Valley Oak League season with a visit from the Sonora Wildcats, so the Timberwolves' 52-47 win in the third-place game of the Dominick Fuchs Classic helped Sierra close out the preseason in the best possible way.
RIPON – When the Oakdale Mustangs turned up their full-court pressure, Ripon Christian was unable to conquer the challenge, falling to the Mustangs 47-32 in the championship of the Lady Knights Classic Wednesday at Ripon Christian.
TRACY – Sharon Washington had another phenomenal outing leading her Manteca Buffaloes to the consolation championship of the Tracy Breakfast Lions Tournament with a 50-40 win over Foothill High Wednesday.
The Sac-Joaquin Section's playoff committee showed its respect for boys soccer in the Valley Oak League on Friday when postseason brackets were released.
Francisco Garcia and Joseph Mayorca came up clutch for Weston Ranch during Wednesday's Valley Oak League finale at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
RIPON - From both exhaustion and frustration, Ripon striker David Alvarez dropped to a crouch at midfield with both hands wrapped around his forehead.
Their best wasn't good enough, but Weston Ranch coach Chris Bauer was plenty pleased with his Cougars' performance on senior night Wednesday.
Ripon sophomore Ellie Waters took second overall in the girls varsity 5,000 meter race during Wednesday's Trans Valley League Championships at Modesto's Legion Park.
Manteca junior Marcus Montano refused to let his Buffaloes end the regular season on a losing note during Wednesday's Valley Oak League finale at Guss Schmeidt Field on Senior Night.
Ripon Christian finds out tonight if Thursday's regular-season finale with Gustine has Southern League title implications.
With a Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV berth already wrapped up, Ripon High's volleyball decisively won its third straight Trans-Valley League match on Tuesday by sweeping visiting Riverbank, 25-12, 25-9, 25-14.
Manteca High's boys and girls cross country teams have shown glimpses of what they can do at full strength this season.
STOCKTON - One stroke was what separated the East Union girls golf team from capturing the 2013 Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament title at Reserve at Spanos Park.
Victoria Gulley knows how to dominate from both ends of the volleyball court.
Second-half comebacks are nothing new to Ripon Christian's boys soccer team.
Slow and steady didn't win the race this time.
STOCKTON - Manteca had a chance to clinch a Sac-Joaquin Section playoff berth with a victory over Weston Ranch Thursday, but the Cougars had different plans on Senior Night.
East Union could have easily thrown in the towel against Manteca Thursday after losing two five-set heartbreakers earlier this week that likely ruined its shot at a Sac-Joaquin Section playoff berth and a top-three finish in league.