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.
WESTON RANCH - With Sac-Joaquin Section postseason positioning at stake, intensity was not a problem for Weston Ranch and Sierra's girls basketball teams Thursday in their Valley Oak League finale.
RIPON - Thursday might have been senior night for the Ripon High girls basketball team, but it was a sophomore guard who came in off the bench and made the biggest impact in the Indians' last Trans Valley League game.
Winning felt so good for Lathrop High's girls basketball team after Tuesday's victory that the Spartans decided to do it again, putting together a fourth-quarter comeback to sting the Kimball 46-36 in both clubs' Valley Oak League finale.
Eddie Andrade is a young man of few words.
WESTON RANCH - As predicted, the East Union High boys varsity basketball game at Weston Ranch Wednesday was an up-and-down, high-scoring affair.
Two members of Sierra High's state championship football team were among six Manteca Unified standouts to be named to the Lions All-Star Classic.
TRACY - Lathrop High's boys golf team carded a season-best score of 239 behind a pair of 40s from co-medalists Christian Guzman and Robby Horrocks ...
Defense decided this Valley Oak League duel between first-place teams on Wednesday.
Oakdale doesn't typically let a team get away with committing four errors.
The best got a little better on Wednesday.
East Union bounced back from its first Valley Oak League loss of the season on Tuesday, but head coach Dennis Wells said his team is ...
RIPON - It took Hilmar less than three minutes Tuesday to score on Ripon – but all that did was focus the Indians.
RIPON - Quality nearly trumped quantity in the boys portion of the East Union-Ripon Valley Oak League dual meet at Ervin Zador Aquatic Center on Tuesday.
OAKDALE - No. 1 singles player Solman Aniss was one of four Manteca players to win shutouts, and the Buffaloes rolled past postseason hopeful Oakdale 9-0 ...
LOS BANOS - Ripon entered just eight swimmers in the third annual Merced County Championships at Pacheco High on Saturday but managed to make a splash ...
MODESTO - East Union was unable to capitalize on Central Catholic's rare "off" day at Dryden Park Golf Course on Monday.
OAKDALE - Manteca has prolific goal scorers, but its defense has quietly dominated Valley Oak League opponents so far.
Garet Stone led a contingent of seven Sierra High runners who broke 11 minutes in the 3200 Friday in the Cosumnes Oaks Distance Carnival.
Ripon came through in extra innings against Louisville of Woodland Hills for a 7-5 win Saturday in the semifinals of the NorCal Classic before losing ...
The Manteca High Buffaloes took second place in the Gold Bracket of the NorCal Classic at Tracy Sports Complex on Friday.