When the Valley Oak League boys basketball season gets underway tonight, the league will break down into two groups. In one group six teams, East Union, Manteca, Lathrop, Kimball and Oakdale will vie to separate themselves from one another. And in the other group will be Sierra and Weston Ranch.
One victory separated three teams in the final Valley Oak League girls basketball standings a season ago. And if defending league champions Manteca High, Weston Ranch and East Union are linked together like sausage again in 2012, it will not be a surprise.
It was a year of "first time evers" and "first time in a long times" in Manteca area sports.
The Sierra High boys basketball squad captured the Fuchs Memorial Holiday Classic crown Friday at Columbia College.
Throughout the West Coast Jamboree the Weston Ranch girls basketball team was able to put up quality showings against each tournament opponent, but that was not the case in the Cougars' 61-39 loss to Monte Vista in the championship round of the Tanzanite Division.
Jim Agostini wanted to see how his East Union girls basketball team's conditioning and depth would hold up on the fourth and final day of the Tom Hawkins/Tracy Breakfast Lions Tournament Friday at Tracy High.
Weston Ranch's boys basketball team finished with a more-than-respectable third-place effort in the Modesto Christian Holiday Classic Friday, defeating the tournament host in overtime, 79-77. It was the second time in as many years that the Cougars defeated Modesto Christian in overtime.
Manteca High's freshman boys basketball team mounted a 17-6 run in the third quarter en route to beating rival Sierra 48-38 and claiming the Block M Tournament championship Friday.
RIPON - Ripon Christian was eager to defend its home court in its own tournament.
Sierra has done some of its best work against top teams so far, and Thursday was no different.
East Union High will play for third place today in the Tom Hawkins / Tracy Breakfast Lions Girls' Basketball Tournament.
The Weston Ranch High girls varsity hoop squad will take on host Monte Vista (Danville) today for the Tanzanite Division title of the West Coast Jamboree.
One day after suffering its worst defeat of the season, Ripon High's boys basketball team put together one of its best all-around efforts.
Clay Cuneo's blocked shot at the buzzer secured the East Union sophomore boys basketball team's 40-39 victory over rival Manteca in the semifinal round of the Block M Tournament Thursday.
East Union High's girls basketball team isone win from a shot at the Tom Hawkins/Tracy Breakfast Lions Tournament championship. On Wedensday, it handled co-host West High with ease 50-28 to advance to the semifinal.
For all that Gino Campiotti and the Manteca football team accomplished this past fall, it's the failures that drive the Buffaloes' talented junior quarterback.
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SACRAMENTO - Lathrop's torrid eight-game winning streak was halted Thursday, as high-flying Burbank outscored the Spartans by 16 points in the third quarter on its ...
DUBLIN - Weston Ranch wasn't at its best, but it was good enough to reach the West Coast Jamboree's Pearl Division championship game Thursday ...
Hilmar knew what was coming, but there was no stopping Ripon's Samantha McCreath in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV volleyball finals.
MODESTO - Manteca coach Brett Lewis must give one heck of a halftime speech.
SALIDA - Manteca stepped up its defense in the second half Wednesday against Immanuel in the winners-bracket quarterfinals of the Modesto Christian Holiday Hoop Classic.
TRACY - East Union knew what it was going to be up against in the second round of the Tracy Breakfast Lions/Tim Hawkins Tournament at ...
SACRAMENTO - Lathrop isn't flying under the radar anymore.
RIPON - Ripon Christian's small roster just got even smaller after splitting the first two games of its own 23rd annual Lady Knights Invitational on ...
TRACY - Jim Agostini has three more days to figure out what is troubling his East Union girls basketball team at the start of games.
DIXON - Ripon caught fire in the third quarter Tuesday, outscoring Woodland 28-3 in the period on the way to a lopsided 76-44 Indians win in ...
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SACRAMENTO – Lathrop closed an eight-point fourth-quarter deficit on the hot hand of Junior Ballard to force overtime Saturday and scored one more point than Oakland ...