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.
Lathrop High's varsity boys basketball team has one last chance to notch its first-ever Valley Oak League victory.
Sharon Washington leapt off the bench with a smile plastered on her face.
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.
HILMAR - Ripon owns Hilmar.
RIPON - Ripon Christian snapped out of its early funk and used a 20-4 third-quarter push to sprint past visiting Hughson 53-28 in the Trans-Valley League ...
RIPON - Kaitlyn Morenzone averaged 18.7 points and 11.3 rebounds and was named MVP after leading the Manteca High freshman girls basketball team to ...
The Trans-Valley League could crown two new champions for boys and girls basketball season.
If the preseason is any indication, the Valley Oak League race has the potential to be a real barnburner from top to near bottom.
Much has changed for Kimball and Weston Ranch, East Union's first two opponents in what is expected to be a competitive Valley Oak League ...
STOCKTON – East Union won the Demolition Day Wrestling Tournament and the Lancers' Jaysen Reindel was named Outstanding Upper-Weight Wrestler on Saturday at Stagg High School.
Maurice Woods was almost too much for visiting Sierra.
In a matchup between two prolific outside shooting teams Wednesday, it was defense and accuracy from the free-throw line that made all the difference for ...