WESTON RANCH – There seemed to be only one team poised to finish Thursday's Valley Oak League battle between the top two programs alone in first place, until the Manteca High reinvented itself in the fourth quarter for a 19-2 run to stun the Weston Ranch Cougars 67-52 for a come-from-behind girls basketball win.
Sierra High, with its top player out for undisclosed reasons, was within striking distance of four-time defending Valley Oak League girls basketball champion East Union late in the third quarter Thursday at Dalben Center.
RIPON – The relentless press that Ripon High's girls basketball team put on Hilmar Thursday night had dual purposes.
Now at full strength, Mariposa High's girls basketball team was ready to give Southern League Ripon Christian newcomer more of a fight in their rematch Thursday.
The Weston Ranch sophomore girls basketball squad handled its toughest test this Valley Oak League season, fighting off a resilient Manteca comeback in a 47-40 win Thursday in Stockton.
Manteca High's boys basketball team saved one of its best performances of the season Wednesday against crosstown rival Sierra.
Weston Ranch's boys basketball team showed why it can be both frustrating and exciting to watch during one of the most crucial, and yet most routine, sequences in an 81-75 victory at East Union Wednesday.
J.J. Ramirez and his second-year Lathrop High varsity boys basketball team are growing tired of moral victories.
WESTON RANCH – Both Lathrop and Sierra's wrestling program knew how close they were to earning a berth into the Sac-Joaquin Section Team Duals to open the postseason, but it was the Weston Ranch Cougars that proved to be the strongest team handling both clubs to earn the Valley Oak League's No. 2 spot.
Sierra High School's sophomore basketball team improved to 6-1 in the Valley Oak League with a 58-47 win against visiting Manteca on Wednesday.
Manteca High's wrestling team ended its Valley Oak League dual season on a positive note, beating crosstown rival East Union 45-36 Wednesday at Winter Gym.
WESTON RANCH – After one half of play there was little reason for the East Union Lancers to walk into the locker room with their heads up. The Lances floundered nearly every possession they held, they lacked any intensity and they had only mustered 12 points.
Save for the wrap on Sharon Washington's right wrist, Manteca High's girls basketball team showed no ill effects from its recent loss to crosstown rival East Union.
Lathrop High's girls basketball program finally got its first varsity victory in the Valley Oak League Tuesday, stunning host Oakdale, 41-38.
RIPON – After handing archrival Ripon High a double-digit loss in non-conference play Saturday, Ripon Christian head coach Ron Vander Molen was worried about a letdown in the Knights Southern League boys basketball matchup against Gustine Tuesday night.
Jim Agostini sauntered back into Winter Gymnasium alongside assistant coach Rick Marsh, and as the door closed behind them their East Union girls basketball team could be heard celebrating a much-needed 58-48 win over Manteca on Thursday.
RIPON - This night belonged to the Ripon High Indians.
Elisabeth Alexander found her stroke early and never lost it.
Sierra has a way of making ugly wins look good.
Rena Dragony emerged from a scrum beneath the basket with a smile and her pinkies pointed to the sky.
Sophomore guard Tre Simmons made five 3s and led all scorers with 23 points, as playoff-bound Weston Ranch rolled past visiting East Union 70-30 Wednesday.
With about six minutes left in the third quarter, Jim Agostini called a timeout and did something he rarely ever does.
STOCKTON - What a difference 10 minutes can make.
Riverbank worked its late-game magic yet again, and it helped the Bruins garner at least a share of the Trans-Valley League title Tuesday when they edged Ripon in overtime, 44-43.
RIPON - In a Trans-Valley League tilt between two guard-oriented teams, it was the two "bigs" who made all the difference for Ripon on Tuesday.
Tonight, Manteca High will play for much more than a share of first place in the Valley Oak League.
Lathrop High's Alex Garcia and Tristan Smith of Ripon are both rated No. 3 in their respective weight classes, according to The California Wrestler's Sac-Joaquin Section rankings.
Aysia Cortez of Venture/Excel Academy won the 126-pound championship Saturday in the Sac-Joaquin Section Girls Wrestling Regional Invitational at McNair High in a thrilling 13-11 overtime match with Miranda Lamela of Pacheco-Los Banos.
Ripon High defeated visiting Modesto High on Saturday 35-20 in non-league girls' basketball action.
Garbage time does not apply to Sierra's boys basketball team.