For the remainder of the season it is win at all costs, and that was obviously the mindset for the East Union Lancers in their 58-48 Sac-Joaquin Section Division-III first-round win over Dixon High Tuesday at the Dalben Center.
Defense helped Manteca High overcome dry spells on the offensive end Tuesday in its first-round showdown with 12th-seeded Natomas in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-III girls basketball playoffs.
RIPON - In the end, it didn't matter that the Ripon Christian girls basketball team nearly surrendered a 20-point lead and virtually invited the visiting Victory Christian Vikings into a game they were never in.
Being the second best team in the Trans Valley League was not good enough to earn Ripon High's girls basketball team a home game in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV playoffs, and it proved costly in the Indians' 78-68 overtime loss to Linden High Tuesday.
The Sierra High girls basketball barely earned one of 16 Sac-Joaquin Section Division-III playoff berths, but getting in earned the Timberwolves a matchup with the tourney's No. 1 seed,
WESTON RANCH - The season came to crashing halt Tuesday for the Weston Ranch High girls varsity basketball team.
Even though blue-chip prospect Josiah Turner, a 6-foot-3 point guard bound for Arizona, was dismissed by the team last month, Sacramento High may still be favored to defend its Division-III crown in the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.
With five teams qualifying and three Manteca Unified schools hosting a first-round game, the Valley Oak League is well-represented in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-III girls basketball playoffs - so far.
Good news first: Sierra High's two losses to end the Valley Oak League girls basketball season last week had no effect on its postseason chances.
EL DORADO HILLS – Closing the Sac-Joaquin Section Divisional Wrestling tournaments with a berth into the SJS Masters meet was the primary goal, but Weston Ranch's Donnell Simms was able to take it a step further by winning the 189-pound championship on his way to the Masters.
Weston Ranch's boys basketball team was expected to contend for the Valley Oak League title this season, even with three sophomores in the starting lineup.
One team was trying to close out a frustrating season with one last quality effort.
LATHROP - J.J. Ramirez wants a commitment from his Lathrop High boys varsity basketball team.
The Ripon Indians opened the contest with a blistering start and never lost track, blasting Orestimba High 88-57 to close out the Trans Valley League boys basketball season Friday.
With the Valley Oak League championship already annexed by Manteca High's girls basketball team, the buzz surrounding its anticipated regular-season showdown with rival East Union took a little bit of a hit.
TRACY - The much-anticipated Valley Oak League showdown between Manteca and Weston Ranch is all set for Friday after both teams blew out their opponents Tuesday ...
MOUNTAIN HOUSE - The Weston Ranch girls basketball team finally played with the spark first-year head coach Darrell Johnson was looking for, it just didn't ...
ESCALON - Sixteen wrestlers from East Union and Manteca high schools brought home hardware Saturday from the Lloyd C. Engel Wrestling Tournament at Escalon High School.
Anand Hundal worked hard over the summer, both on and off the court, and it showed Friday night in Manteca's 67-49 Valley Oak League ...
The new double-header format for Friday night varsity basketball games in the Valley Oak League can draw larger crowds for girls contests, which now precede ...
STOCKTON - Not even a fire drill could extinguish the hot-shooting display of the Lancers.
RIPON - Ripon Christian had its inside-out attack firing on all cylinders Friday, as it celebrated winter homecoming with a 65-48 drubbing of Trans-Valley League newcomer ...
Weston Ranch High coach Chris Teevan had concerns about his team Friday.
MOUNTAIN HOUSE - Mountain House won't intimidate its opponents with size, but these scrappy Mustangs now have the attention of their Trans-Valley League foes.
RIPON - Despite missing several starters from its normal lineup Wednesdsay, Ripon had members of the junior varsity team come through to help the varsity pin ...
Olivia Vezaldenos was just an eighth grader the last time East Union defeated Kimball.
LATHROP – Although Manteca led Lathrop wire to wire Tuesday night in a 52-42 win to open the Valley Oak League girls season, the host Spartans ...
LATHROP – A game that started as a laugher Tuesday turned into a nail-biter as visiting Manteca held on for a 58-51 win over Lathrop to ...
MODESTO - In the first of many marquee matchups to come in the Valley Oak League, Weston Ranch squeaked out a 62-58 win at Central Catholic ...
Manteca High's Kenny Wooten is one of 755 high school seniors to earn a nomination for the 2016 McDonald's All-American Games.