WESTON RANCH – Weston Ranch had minimal success early on offensively, struggled down the stretch defensively, yet with less than a minute to play the Cougars were still in position to win the game. That would not be the case as the Ceres Bulldogs played a splendid fourth quarter for a 63-58 Valley Oak League win Friday.
STOCKTON - It was easy come, easy go for three area grapplers in the first day of the Sac-Joaquin Section Girls Wrestling Invitational at McNair High Friday.
RIPON – The Ripon High seniors will have something to remember when thinking about their last Friday home game of the season.
OAKDALE – The East Union varsity boys basketball team could not have orchestrated a better opening period, dominating the Oakdale Mustangs on both ends on its way to a comfortable 48-40 Valley Oak League win Friday.
OAKDALE - Its loss to crosstown rival Sierra Monday knocked East Union High's sophomore boys basketball team into a first-place tie with Oakdale.
One streak stayed alive Thursday night at Dalben Center, and East Union High's girls basketball team is inching closer to continuing another one.
Manteca High's girls basketball team avoided getting swept by the Ceres schools with its 57-41 victory over Central Valley at home Thursday and kept its postseason hopes alive in the process.
A handful of area girl wrestlers have put together quality seasons and a few are hoping to close things out with strong performances in the Sac-Joaquin Section Girls Wrestling Invitational Tournament at McNair High in Stockton.
Kristen Piasecki scored all 12 of East Union High's fourth-quarter points Thursday, but it wasn't enough in a 52-39 loss to visiting Oakdale in Valley Oak League sophomore girls basketball action.
Reggie Bell's hard work on the football field paid off, but he is also reaping the benefits of hard work in the classroom.
Coming out focused to take on a winless opponent proved not to be a challenge for the Sierra High boys basketball team in its 68-31 thrashing of Lathrop High Wednesday in Valley Oak League action.
After holding a 12 point lead early in the game, Manteca High seemed to be cruising right along as they picked apart the Ceres Bulldogs with efficiency.
SONORA – The trip east did not go according to plan for the Weston Ranch boys basketball team, dropping its Valley Oak League contest with Sonora High 61-45 Wednesday.
Sierra High's sophomore basketball team jumped out on the visiting Lathrop Spartans and never relinquished, rolling to a 58-46 Valley Oak League win Wednesday.
Trevor Nogueira and Jerrod Patton picked a good time to have breakout performances for Sierra High's boys basketball team.
RIPON - Ripon Christian appears to have fully recovered from what head coach Kevin Tameling called "dead legs."
Ripon Christian head coach John De Visser was well aware that ace pitcher Connor McGovern was on his game Wednesday against visiting Denair.
It was a back-and-forth meet Wednesday between the Sierra and Kimball girls track and field teams, two early favorites for the Valley Oak League championship.
With some of its veterans a bit off their game Wednesday, Ripon looked to its newer players to step up against rival Ripon Christian in a nonleague match at Spring Creek Golf & Country Club.
Patience proved to be a virtue for host Sierra on Tuesday as the Timberwolves drew 11 walks in just four innings and defeated Kimball 13-3 in a mercy-rule victory in Valley Oak League baseball action before the rain rolled in.
After opening the Valley Oak League schedule with losses to two contending programs, Manteca High's swim teams picked up its first victories while braving the cold weather Tuesday in a double dual against visiting Lathrop and Weston Ranch.
The rain did little to slow Sierra's girls soccer team on Tueseday.
Six standouts representing the Manteca Futbol Club are being recognized for their talents off the pitch as well as on it.
The area's two best high school girls wrestlers competed against some of the best in the nation this past weekend and came away with All-America honors.
Sierra High senior Anna Cardenas is one of 51 student-athletes to be awarded a scholarship by the Sac-Joaquin Section.
Ripon's boys and girls swim teams won all but two races at East Union on Friday, but the host Lancers were able to make things interesting with their superior depth.
STOCKTON - Allie Walljasper struck out 14 in six innings, Julie Deanda and Maddie Penner each rapped two-run hits and Devi Coglio legged out a home run in Sierra's 8-0 win at Weston Ranch on Friday.
Manteca has finally broken though against Kimball, already a Valley Oak League powerhouse in just its fourth season as a varsity club.
Through the years, the Ripon-Hilmar girls soccer rivalry has been the stuff of legend – tug-o-wars for league championships and dramatic playoff matches.
Ripon won four out of the five doubles matches at Riverbank and returned home with a 5-4 victory and their perfect Trans-Valley League record still intact.