Much is at stake in the final week of the Valley Oak League girls basketball season.
Closing the Valley Oak League Wrestling Championships with a title in one of the 14 weight-classes was not the only way to find success in the tournament, and that was the case for nearly all of the 35 wrestlers advancing to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Tournament with a fourth place or better finish.
The Ripon Indians sent 10 wrestlers to the mat during the Trans Valley League Wrestling Championships, and nine of the 10 earned berths into the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Tournament with top-four finishes in Saturdays league championships.
RIPON - Rod Wright isn't one to point blame at the officials.
For a brief moment even the East Union boys basketball team may have had some doubt, but trailing by 18 in the third quarter East Union responded, putting together a 65-62 come-from-behind victory Friday in Valley Oak League play.
LATHROP – In a perfect world, the Lathrop High boys basketball team tactics to stop Sierra High post presence Will Ward would have forced his teammates to toss up perimeter jumpers they couldn't knock down. On Friday that wasn't the case, as the Timberwolves' back court connected on 13 3-pointers on their way to a 67-40 Valley Oak League win.
Weston Ranch scored 31 points in the second quarter on its way to an 81-57 walloping of first-year varsity Kimball High in Tracy Friday.
Ripon Christian High's boys basketball team played for the outright championship of the Southern League Friday in Ripon, and the game offered little drama.
Briona Fontenot played a big role in jump starting the East Union offense in the second half of Thursday's much-needed 52-49 Valley Oak League girls basketball payback win over visiting Sonora Thursday.
Daylynn Penner has been dedicated to the Sierra High softball program since she stepped foot on campus nearly four years ago. Penner's dedication paid off as she was awarded a partial scholarship to attend college at the Oregon Coast Culinary Institute and play softball at Southwestern Oregon Community College.
Earning points for the sake of the team is a thing of the past for the wrestlers in the Valley Oak Trans Valley Leagues. For the next match, each man is wrestling for himself, wrestling in hopes of extend their season for another week.
The Lathrop High boys opened the game clicking on all cylinders, jumping out to a double-digit lead after the first quarter, but it wouldn't last, as Sierra High found its groove in the second on its way to a 44-35 Valley Oak League win Thursday.
The result shows a rather ho-hum victory for Modesto Christian's powerhouse girls basketball team, which captured a piece of its fifth straight Trans Valley League championship by downing Ripon High 76-47 at home Thursday.
East Union High boys varsity basketball coach Brett Lewis applauded the effort of his reserves Wednesday against visiting Kimball High of Tracy.
The score may have indicated that the Oakdale Mustangs were a handful of shots away from giving the Sierra Timberwolves a Valley Oak League loss they could not afford, but that was far from the case in Sierra's 60-49 win Wednesday over the Mustangs.
TRACY - East Union has speed and power up and down the lineup and a trio of capable sophomore pitchers backed by a reliable defense.
Zach Horwood RBI fielder's choice in the top of the sixth inning was all Ripon needed in its Trans-Valley League opener at Hilmar.
Ripon Christian had several key contributors from its 2014 Sac-Joaquin Section championship club graduate, and it competed through a tough nonleague schedule with a depleted roster with many players still competing for the school's basketball team.
The Manteca High boys basketball has been pitted against one of the hottest teams in Northern California, but Foothill remains a secondary concern at this point.
Weston Ranch boys basketball coach Chris Teevan let nature run its course during Monday afternoon's practice.
Ripon Christian's girls basketball team has traveled to Petaluma, San Anselmo and East Palo Alto for CIF Northern California Regional Championships games in the last three years.
Josh Dilg smacked the game-winning double, scoring Tommy De Anda from second base and helping Weston Ranch hold off late-charging Chavez 6-5 in a nonleague home game Monday.
Manteca capped the massive two-day California Tennis Classic tournament with two victories at Central West High in Fresno on Saturday.
Manteca rebounded from a 3-1 semifinal loss to Lincoln-Stockton on Saturday and defeated Oakdale 4-1 for third place in the Buffalo Cup Soccer Tournament at Woodward Park.
In the championship game of the St. Mary's Tournament, East Union used a balanced attack to defeat El Capitan 9-0 on Saturday at Arnaiz Field in Stockton.
Sierra brought home two individual gold medals and East Union one from the Tom Moore Relays on Saturday at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
Manteca High's boys basketball team advanced to the semifinal round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III semifinals last week, its longest postseason run since the 1987 team claimed the program's only blue pennant.
Chase McKee and Darrel Clemons are North Dakota-bound.
Lathrop capped its Spartan Tournament on Saturday with a thrilling 8-7 win in eight innings over Chavez-Stockton at Lathrop High.
SACRAMENTO - With 23 seconds left and victory safely in hand, Scott Thomason reared back and howled toward the rafters at Sleep Train Arena.