When East Union opened its Valley Oak League contest with Sierra High on a 10-0 run, it was a glimpse of what was to be expected during the Lancers' 48-31 victory over the visiting Timberwolves Friday.
RIPON – It is one thing to dominate a team with less talent, but to do so with the effort usually reserved for close games is another.
The effort and execution Sierra High's girls basketball team displayed over the final two quarters were missing early, and visiting Sonora took advantage in a 55-43 win Wednesday in both clubs' Valley Oak League opener.
Felipe Duran's unconventional pin sparked East Union's wrestling team in its double-dual with visiting Sonora and Kimball Wednesday at Dalben Center.
Manteca High's Valley Oak League double-dual opener with Lathrop and Oakdale did not last long.
It was not their best performance.
After putting itself in the best possible position to win their first-ever Valley Oak League game, Lathrop forfeited its 10-point lead and needed to fend off a stubborn East Union club in a 42-40 win Tuesday at Dalben Center.
George Contente figured his Ripon High's girls basketball team was going to have its hands full when it hosted Hilmar for a Trans-Valley League opener Tuesday.
The most challenging part to the Southern League opener for Ripon Christian was likely making the long trek to Mariposa. Once the Knights showed up it was all business, cruising to an easy 55-33 win in both teams' league openers.
Sierra's boys basketball squad made its fourth trip to Sonora in seven days Tuesday, and the Timberwolves returned home with their 10th straight victory.
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.
Kimball's pitching corps kept East Union off balance Wednesday and the Lancers never did find home plate as the visiting Jaguars blanked East Union ...
MODESTO - Off to its best start in program history, Weston Ranch now finds itself in the middle of its first three-game skid of the season.
Manteca worked its seventh-inning magic yet again.
ESCALON – Sometimes the game of baseball is just about being in the right place at the right time.
Alejandra Rascon is accustomed to hitting tape-measure shots at Northgate Softball Complex, but she didn't have a home run to show for it heading ...
TRACY - Manteca High's boys tennis team lost its final regular-season match in heartbreaking fashion Tuesday.
The Sierra baseball team won its fourth straight thanks to Jacob Peterson's walk-off hit off the right-centerfield wall in a 3-2 nonleague win over ...
East Union managed to shut down Manteca's all-time leading scorer once again, but its mastery of the Buffaloes came to an end Monday in ...
East Union has already gotten past cross-town rivals Manteca and Sierra in its defense of the Valley Oak League championship.
The Ripon High girls roared to a first-place finish and the Sierra boys finished second in the Ervin Zador Invitational on Saturday at Ripon High ...
RIPON - Ripon Christian looked forward to the rematch.
RIPON - Brian Thomas yearned for the opportunity to come through with the game-winning hit for Ripon Christian, which scored four runs in the bottom of ...
Central Catholic of Modesto booted the ball around early and often Friday, committing six errors against a Sierra team that is heading in the right ...
TRACY - The Sierra High boys track and field team edged out Kimball 66-64 and is now a frontrunner in the Valley Oak League with a ...
DELHI - It wasn't a matter of "if," but "when" for the Ripon Christian soccer team Tuesday at Delhi.