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.
The Manteca High boys varsity basketball squad had several advantages over Lathrop on Wednesday.
The East Union Lancers walked into the locker room protecting a one-point lead, and it took everything in their power not to let that lead slip away in a 62-60 Valley Oak League win over the Kimball Jaguars Wednesday.
ESCALON – When the Ripon Indians trotted into the locker room at halftime with a one-point lead, their matchup with Escalon looked every bit the barnburner most people expected it to be.
The Oakdale Mustangs did not know where to turn for a basket and the suffocating Sierra High defense did not help matters, holding the Mustangs scoreless through the first period in a 46-11 Valley Oak League blowout Tuesday.
LATHROP - The Buffaloes made use of their advantages against host Lathrop High on Tuesday.
RIPON – The Indians improved to 2-0 in the Trans Valley League Monday with a lopsided 51-6 victory over visiting Escalon.
STOCKTON – The ending could have only been better for Devon Woodall if his first round pin would have come in the championship, but the East Union Lancer will accept an area-best third place finish in 4th Annual Big Valley Classic at the Stockton Arena.
STOCKTON - The Wolf Pack spilled out of the stands, washing the court in blues, grays and whites.
RIPON - Ripon Christian garnered its fourth league championship in five years Friday night, but no one would blame the Knights for relishing this one a little more than the rest.
Ryan Shippley knows how to get a team moving.
Lathrop couldn't overcome a lackluster start in a 61-44 loss to visiting Kimball on Friday.
Jim Agostini sauntered back into Winter Gymnasium alongside assistant coach Rick Marsh, and as the door closed behind them their East Union girls basketball team could be heard celebrating a much-needed 58-48 win over Manteca on Thursday.
RIPON - This night belonged to the Ripon High Indians.
Elisabeth Alexander found her stroke early and never lost it.
Sierra has a way of making ugly wins look good.
Rena Dragony emerged from a scrum beneath the basket with a smile and her pinkies pointed to the sky.
Sophomore guard Tre Simmons made five 3s and led all scorers with 23 points, as playoff-bound Weston Ranch rolled past visiting East Union 70-30 Wednesday.
With about six minutes left in the third quarter, Jim Agostini called a timeout and did something he rarely ever does.
STOCKTON - What a difference 10 minutes can make.
Riverbank worked its late-game magic yet again, and it helped the Bruins garner at least a share of the Trans-Valley League title Tuesday when they edged Ripon in overtime, 44-43.
RIPON - In a Trans-Valley League tilt between two guard-oriented teams, it was the two "bigs" who made all the difference for Ripon on Tuesday.
Tonight, Manteca High will play for much more than a share of first place in the Valley Oak League.