East Union High boys varsity basketball coach Brett Lewis applauded the effort of his reserves Wednesday against visiting Kimball High of Tracy.
The score may have indicated that the Oakdale Mustangs were a handful of shots away from giving the Sierra Timberwolves a Valley Oak League loss they could not afford, but that was far from the case in Sierra's 60-49 win Wednesday over the Mustangs.
SONORA – The Weston Ranch High boys varsity basketball team claimed at least a share of the Valley Oak League title Wednesday thanks to a 65-56 victory at Sonora.
The Lathrop Spartans boys basketball team had reason to believe they were possibly going to snatch their first Valley Oak League win, but the Manteca Buffaloes chose to keep head coach J.J. Ramirez and the Spartans waiting in a 48-44 win at Lathrop Wednesday.
RIPON - Before and after powerhouse Modesto Christian was in the picture, Mariposa High had long been king of boys basketball in the Southern League.
Weston Ranch's girls basketball team has seemingly had every opportunity to assert itself as one of the Valley Oak League's top two teams, and the Cougars' latest opportunity slid away to the Sonora Wildcats in a 50-42 loss Tuesday in Stockton.
When you get the chance to put all of your sophomores onto the floor at the same time in a varsity game, it usually says something about how the game is going.
While a lot of people would have been upset having lost by such a large margin, Lathrop High coach Ed Fang was actually pleased with the performance of his girls on the road at Manteca Tuesday night.
RIPON – The Ripon High girls varsity basketball squad unleashed its defense against visiting Hughson, resulting in a 43-20 Trans Valley League victory on Monday.
No area team improved its postseason position as much as the East Union boys and Sierra girls basketball squads, according to the second release of the Sac-Joaquin Section's power ratings.
Ripon Christian's boys basketball team can put its run of second-place finishes to rest tonight.
SALIDA – In a game that was nonexistent a few weeks ago, the Weston Ranch Cougars seized the moment in an 89-84 overtime shocker over Modesto Christian in the Crusaders' home gym Saturday in front of a standing room crowd.
In the first season the CIF has officially sanctioned the girls wrestling state championships, three area standouts solidified their trip south with top-4 finishes in the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters tournament Saturday at McNair High in Stockton.
STOCKTON - Just getting to the Sac-Joaquin Section Team Duals was supposed to be the hard part, but getting there seemed easy compared to trying to get through Los Banos during Weston Ranch High's 51-16 first round loss to the Tigers Saturday.
RIPON - If the whole basketball thing never works out for Ripon High senior Jared Ratto, he can take up acting in college.
Manteca busted out of its recent scoring slump Wednesday with a 5-2 victory at Sierra's Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium, and with four regular-season contests remaining it's a safe bet that the prolific Buffaloes will break the 100-goal mark for the first time in program history.
When Miranda McDonnell joined Ripon Aquatics less than two years ago, she sat down with coach Erik Zador and spoke candidly about her goals.
While it's still early in the Valley Oak League race, the Sierra High Timberwolves share the top spot with Oakdale.
A fifth straight Trans-Valley League title may now be out of reach for Ripon High's boys golf team, but coach Chris Musseman has his players' focused train on an even larger prize.
This was supposed to be the year.
Manteca High's boys tennis team secured sole possession of the Valley Oak League crown in its regular-season finale on Tuesday, but 10th-year head coach Frank Fontana and the Buffaloes aren't satisfied yet.
RIPON - Mistakes proved costly for Ripon High during a big Trans-Valley League showdown against first-place Hughson on Tuesday.
Lindsey Walljasper and the Sierra High softball team are playing as well as they've played all season, and their timing couldn't be any better.
Chris Musseman expects better play out of his Ripon High boys golf team the next two days.
East Union swim coach Natalie Heihn won't judge Lathrop by Tuesday's final scores.
Hughson has rarely been a kind host to Ripon's girls soccer team in recent years.
Tristan Smith has his return to Bakersfield all mapped out, with push-pins marking all of wrestling's usual stops: league and divisional championships, Masters and lastly, state.
After an early free-kick goal, the high-octane East Union offense could not manage another goal until the game's last minute but Sierra did not take advantage of multiple scoring opportunities and lost to the visiting Lancers 2-0 Monday in Valley Oak League soccer action at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
Scoring goals hadn't been an issue for Manteca High's girls soccer team all season.
TRACY – Entering the game in the bottom of the last inning with the tying run at the plate, two runners on and no outs would be pressure-filled for the most seasoned of pitchers – just do not tell that to East Union sophomore Delaney Pamplin.