LATHROP - The Lathrop High girls basketball team was seeking its first Valley Oak League win against visiting Kimball on Thursday.
East Union girls basketball coach Jim Agostini punched the air with a right cross after Salina Tiscareno's jumper from the right wing gave the Lancers their first lead, 28-26, with 2:44 left in the third quarter against visiting rival Manteca.
The drive to Sonora is always worth the trip when a team is able to return with a victory over the Wildcats, and that was the case for both Sierra and Manteca High School's wrestling programs in a Valley Oak League double-dual Wednesday.
After being slugged with a 14-2 run in the second quarter and a 10-0 run to start third, Sierra High's girls basketball team still found itself trailing by five points with four minutes to play, but the Timberwolves would come no closer in a 60-47 Valley Oak League loss to visiting Weston Ranch Wednesday.
The Sierra Timberwolves held a slim three-point advantage on the undefeated Weston Ranch Cougars, but the Timberwolves could not hold them off, falling to Weston Ranch 56-40 at home Thursday in sophomore girls basketball.
Ripon High's girls basketball team dominated in the post in its 55-25 drubbing of host Riverbank Thursday.
What started out as a slow-paced, uneventful boys basketball game ended up being decided by a free-throw shooting contest.
Weston Ranch had the challenge of not looking past the Kimball Jaguars in anticipation of its Valley Oak League boys basketball showdown with Sierra High. The Cougars passed with big numbers, rolling past the Jaguars 90-64 Wednesday in Stockton.
LATHROP -- With Lathrop High standing three matches from victory and East Union needing three consecutive pins to bring the match to a tie, the Lancers would only score two pins, giving Lathrop a fitting end to senior night with a 45-36 winWednesday in the Valley Oak League dual match.
Manteca High alumnus Paul Brogan will be inducted into the Cal State Stanislaus Athletics Hall of Fame on Feb. 19 at the campus' main dining hall.
After each match had been decided the match remained undecided but things would work out in the Lathrop High junior varsity wrestling team's favor, as the deciding criteria for a match that remained tied after seven separate ruling decisions rested up Lathrop's edge in first points scored in each match.
Hampered by cold shooting down the stretch, the East Union High boys varsity basketball squad suffered a 56-53 Valley Oak League loss Wednesday to visiting Sonora.
There was a moment early in the first quarter where it actually looked like visiting Lathrop High stood a chance against Sierra in Tuesday's Valley Oak League contest.
The Ripon High boys basketball team failed to come out and execute to open the contest, but their resiliency shined through in a last-ditch effort to upset the Modesto Christian Crusaders, pouring in 30 fourth quarter points in a 76-62 loss to the Crusaders Tuesday in Salida.
RIPON - Most teams wouldn't nitpick over a 28-point victory.
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.