Manteca High's boys basketball team opens Valley Oak League play tonight against visiting Oakdale with a pedestrian 7-4 preseason mark, but do not be deceived into believing the Buffaloes are an average squad.
Entering a season with at least a portion of the past three Valley Oak League championships, and four of the past five, would usually make the defending champs the odds-on-favorite to close the season with another one. But the dominance the East Union Lancers have held over their VOL counterparts will hold little merit as the league season gets underway Tuesday for the nine VOL girls basketball programs.
The perception around these parts is that Manteca rules the high school football scene, Sierra reigns in soccer and the softball crown rests on the heads of the Lancers of East Union.
History was made. Dreams were realized. Others were crushed.
WALNUT CREEK - Sierra High's wrestling team brought just 11 athletes to the Bill Martell Tournament Wednesday, but that was enough for it to leave its mark in its final tune-up for the Valley Oak League season.
The 5th Annual Lady Lancer Tournament at East Union High Wednesday lasted just 4 ½ hours.
SONORA – Sierra High will open up the 2010 Valley Oak League season with a visit from the Sonora Wildcats, so the Timberwolves' 52-47 win in the third-place game of the Dominick Fuchs Classic helped Sierra close out the preseason in the best possible way.
RIPON – When the Oakdale Mustangs turned up their full-court pressure, Ripon Christian was unable to conquer the challenge, falling to the Mustangs 47-32 in the championship of the Lady Knights Classic Wednesday at Ripon Christian.
TRACY – Sharon Washington had another phenomenal outing leading her Manteca Buffaloes to the consolation championship of the Tracy Breakfast Lions Tournament with a 50-40 win over Foothill High Wednesday.
SALIDA - Rod Wright isn't delusional.
BRENTWOOD – When Weston Ranch opened the first quarter with one of its worst offensive outputs of the season, recovering from its double-digit deficit proved impossible as the Cougars dropped its loser's bracket contest 74-48 to Clovis High in their 10th Annual West Coast Jamboree contest at Liberty High.
TRACY - The good news for East Union's girls basketball team is that it is still tied for first place in the Valley Oak League.
SALIDA - One day after notching its biggest win of the season, the Ripon boys basketball team appeared ready to ride that momentum after a quality first-quarter effort against Merced in a third-round consolation game of the Modesto Christian Holiday Hoops Classic Tuesday.
BRENTWOOD - The Weston Ranch Cougars got another strong effort from sophomore Jazmin Strane, who led a 47-43 victory over the Amador Valley Dons of Pleasanton Tuesday in second-round action of the 10th Annual West Coast Jamboree at Liberty High.
Lathrop High's track and field team swept at all levels in a Valley Oak League double dual it hosted against Weston Ranch and Sonora on Monday.
The youngest part of Manteca High's lineup accounted for six of the team's seven total hits as well as the tying and go-ahead runs in the bottom of the seventh inning of a 3-2 comeback win over visiting Weston Ranch.
Less than two weeks after suffering its first Valley Oak League loss of the season, Manteca had the opportunity to exact revenge Monday at Kimball.
Sierra opened with a nine-run barrage and routed host Livingston 11-1 in a nonleague game that went the full seven innings Monday.
Ripon High hung with the big boys Monday in the Bear Creek/McNair Invitational, placing sixth out of 19 squads at The Reserve at Spanos Park.
Ripon's inaugural Ervin Zador Invitational Saturday was the start of a tradition for the Indians' swim program that will in hope keep the memory of a local legend alive.
The new kids on the block are anything but new.
Manteca settled for a split with the two finalists of last year's Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs.
RIPON – Hughson pitcher Bobby Etcheverry earned a complete-game victory and scattered four hits against Ripon Friday afternoon.
The Sierra High boys swim team scored its biggest win of the season so far on Friday, but coach Dave Breitenbucher warns that there is much work still left to do.
Manteca picked up its second victory in as many days despite minimal rest after getting back into town late Thursday.
A perfect pass to Isela Rivera near the 6-yard box is automatic.
Lucas Garcia half-jokingly told East Unionteammate Gabe Chavez he was going to break the scoreboard if he got a hold of one during Thursday's Valley Oak League matchup against Lathrop.
Manteca standout pitcher Jacob Corn was relieved in the sixth inning with the Buffaloes holding a comfortable 6-0 lead at Sonora on Thursday night.
Ripon's No. 2 Robbie Figeroid wasn't able to finish his round Thursday afternoon at the Spring Creek Golf Course after injuring his neck on the fifth hole and not being able to continue.