With five teams qualifying and three Manteca Unified schools hosting a first-round game, the Valley Oak League is well-represented in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-III girls basketball playoffs - so far.
Good news first: Sierra High's two losses to end the Valley Oak League girls basketball season last week had no effect on its postseason chances.
EL DORADO HILLS – Closing the Sac-Joaquin Section Divisional Wrestling tournaments with a berth into the SJS Masters meet was the primary goal, but Weston Ranch's Donnell Simms was able to take it a step further by winning the 189-pound championship on his way to the Masters.
Weston Ranch's boys basketball team was expected to contend for the Valley Oak League title this season, even with three sophomores in the starting lineup.
One team was trying to close out a frustrating season with one last quality effort.
LATHROP - J.J. Ramirez wants a commitment from his Lathrop High boys varsity basketball team.
The Ripon Indians opened the contest with a blistering start and never lost track, blasting Orestimba High 88-57 to close out the Trans Valley League boys basketball season Friday.
With the Valley Oak League championship already annexed by Manteca High's girls basketball team, the buzz surrounding its anticipated regular-season showdown with rival East Union took a little bit of a hit.
WESTON RANCH - With Sac-Joaquin Section postseason positioning at stake, intensity was not a problem for Weston Ranch and Sierra's girls basketball teams Thursday in their Valley Oak League finale.
RIPON - Thursday might have been senior night for the Ripon High girls basketball team, but it was a sophomore guard who came in off the bench and made the biggest impact in the Indians' last Trans Valley League game.
Winning felt so good for Lathrop High's girls basketball team after Tuesday's victory that the Spartans decided to do it again, putting together a fourth-quarter comeback to sting the Kimball 46-36 in both clubs' Valley Oak League finale.
Eddie Andrade is a young man of few words.
WESTON RANCH - As predicted, the East Union High boys varsity basketball game at Weston Ranch Wednesday was an up-and-down, high-scoring affair.
Lathrop High's varsity boys basketball team has one last chance to notch its first-ever Valley Oak League victory.
Sharon Washington leapt off the bench with a smile plastered on her face.
The East Union High girls golf team put together a strong overall performance in the annual Sierra Invitational on Wednesday.
TRACY - Sierra's varsity boys and girls cross country teams are in position to seize Valley Oak League titles after both again went undefeated in ...
Brooke Riley was two strokes shy of tying her own record at the Manteca Park Golf Course front nine in a Valley Oak League dual ...
Bulletin staff reports
Lathrop - Manteca dominated Lathrop in the first two matches and played well enough to win in the third Tuesday with a 25-15, 25-11, 25-17 sweep ...
RIPON - Coming off its first loss of the Southern League season, Gustine visited Ripon Christian on Tuesday and came away with a one-sided 5-0 victory.
Manteca blew two one-on-one opportunities in its 1-0 upset of visiting Sierra but the deciding goal took the unconventional route to the net at Guss ...
The Sierra High Timberwolves suffered a tough Valley Oak League loss to Central Catholic Thursday.
DENAIR - Denair needed just 17 minutes to build a comfortable lead in its 5-2 victory over Ripon Christian on Thursday.
MODESTO - Buried by its own mistakes early on, Manteca dropped a three-game loss (22-25, 23-25, 17-25) at Central Catholic in a battle for sole possession ...
The Manteca High Buffaloes are 9-2 in the Valley Oak League.
HILMAR - The Ripon volleyball team came up short against defending Trans-Valley League champion Hilmar on Wednesday.
Manteca scored three goals before visiting Lathrop even got off a shot Wednesday night in an 8-2 win for the Buffaloes in Valley Oak League ...
Manteca defeated visiting Sierra 25-10, 25-14, 25-10 in Valley Oak League volleyball action Tuesday at Winter Gym.
NEWMAN - Sophomore Martin Sanchez recorded a hat trick, leading first-place Orestimba to a 4-0 victory over visiting Ripon Christian on Tuesday.