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.
Sonora High's girls basketball team just reintroduced itself to the Valley Oak League title race.
RIPON – The Turlock Christian Eagles came to visit Ripon Christian for a battle of the final two Southern League unbeatens, and when the brief stay was over the Eagles were the league's only undefeated squad after a 59-45 win over the Knights Tuesday.
Ripon Christian secured the outright claim to the Southern League championship with Tuesday's 2-0 victory at Denair.
Vista del Lago and Christian Brothers players took turns taking pictures with their prizes on the 18th green at Manteca Park Golf Course.
Ripon had two golfers finish in the top 10 in Monday's Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Tournament held at Micke Grove Golf Links, but both played their final round of the season.
It all comes down to Wednesday's winner-take-all Valley Oak League finale between cross-town foes Manteca and East Union.
Sealy McAdams and Elizabeth Tolbert's last two matches in Thursday's Valley Oak League Doubles Tournament held at East Union had entirely different endings.
Alyssa Burch hosted another block party at Manteca High's Winter Gym on Thursday.
Orestimba scored the first and final goals, but Ripon Christian did more than enough damage in between to leave Newman with a 5-2 victory and at least a share of the Southern League championship.
Injury-hampered Ripon gave up two second-half goals by Ulises Ramirez on set pieces and are now in danger of not repeating as league champions no thanks to Thursday's 2-0 loss at Escalon.
Gerardo Romero scored two goals and assisted another in East Union's 4-1 triumph at Sierra on Wednesday.
Weston Ranch's coronation looked as if it was going to be delayed.
Manteca had two game-point opportunities in an attempt to force a fifth set against visiting Weston Ranch but came up short in a 20-25, 25-27, 25-16, 30-32 defeat Wednesday.
East Union won the Valley Oak League title and Brooke Riley is the MVP.
Tuesday's Trans-Valley League rematch against Ripon was sure to have been circled on Riverbank's calendar.
TRACY - The road to the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs just got a little longer for the East Union volleyball team.
Kevin Bolding summed up Manteca's trip to Oakdale as a "tough night."