SALIDA - He's as automatic as they come.
OAKDALE - On a night in which East Union's newest Valley Oak League rival, Weston Ranch, couldn't contain a scrappy effort from a hard-working underdog, the Lancers showed the rest of the league how it's done, squashing a furious bid by the upset-minded Mustangs in a tight 41-39 victory on the road.
Mariah Navarro and Dallas Mould were outstanding for the Manteca sophomore girls basketball team in a 49-36 win over Sonora Tuesday night at Winter Gym.
You've heard the term student-athlete, but here's a new one: Student-coach.
SACRAMENTO - Ripon only took four wrestlers to the 2009 Foothill High Tim Brown Memorial Wrestling Tournament, a two-day event starting Friday at the Sacramento high school.
Sophomore standout Kiwi Gardner didn't hit the 30-point mark for the Buffaloes on Friday night like he did in Manteca's two previous games.
WESTON RANCH – It was a big game in terms of Valley Oak League positioning, and both the Sierra and Weston Ranch played tight to start Friday night's contest.
RIPON - The wait is over.
WESTON RANCH - Sierra High's sophomore boys basketball team did well to take a 17-16 lead into halftime after scoring just two points in the opening quarter but ultimately fell to Weston Ranch 41-37 in Valley Oak League action Friday.
It wasn't senior night Thursday at the Dalben Center, but it may as well have been as Rachel McDaniel, Ashley Rose and Alyssa Wegner were lights out for the Lancers in a 66-40 win over Manteca.
The accolades keep on coming for area standouts Nick Gardner and Michael Turner, as they joined two others from the Valley Oak League on the ESPN RISE/CalHiSports.com all-state medium schools second team.
RIVERBANK – Ripon picked up its first Trans Valley League win in impressive style Thursday night, holding Riverbank to just one point in the first and five through the first half on its way to a 50-18 win.
The first round of Weston Ranch High's "Tour of Manteca" is over, but coach Chris Bauer is hoping that his Cougars' recent stretch of solid play isn't.
The Manteca High sophomore girls basketball team came to play Thursday evening at the Dalben Center, but after a slow first half, the Squires kicked it into gear and ran away with a 62-44 win.
So how does Manteca High sophomore Kiwi Gardner follow up Friday's career-best 36-point performance against Sierra?
Kyle Alexander has dabbled in many sports but appears to have found one he can stick to for the rest of his life.
Weston Ranch broke open a tie game Wednesday night with a 13-0 run that started late in the first quarter against host East Union, and the Cougars were not threatened again in a 71-57 Valley Oak League win at Dalben Center.
Lathrop left little doubt in its 65-34 drubbing of visiting Oakdale on Wednesday night.
The future of girls Valley Oak League basketball was on display Tuesday night at Sierra High School with two sophomores accounting for 68 points in a thrilling 61-56 win for visiting East Union over the Timberwolves.
Weston Ranch's girls basketball team officially clinched a playoff berth for a sixth straight year Tuesday night with a 67-40 rout at Manteca, but the Cougars are looking to raise the bar for the program.
The Lathrop High girls basketball team doesn't have a playoff run to look forward to, but it isn't going out without a fight.
At this point last year and the 23 before that, coaches were busy crunching numbers to see where their teams could potentially land in the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.
It had been known for weeks that Ripon Christian was going to secure the outright Southern League championship without much resistance.
STOCKTON – Sierra jumped out to a quick but not-so comfortable lead thanks to three early forfeits Saturday during the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Team Dual Championships at Lincoln High.
STOCKTON – Weston Ranch senior Alyssa Cantu will be making her third straight trip to the state tournament.
STOCKTON - Weston Ranch was able to limit Manteca High center Michael Hatfield this time around, but the Cougars had no answer for the Buffaloes' two best guards.
Victoria Burke could likely make Sierra High history today.
Lathrop trailed by as much as 10 in the third quarter at Sonora but came back to squeak out a well-earned 64-58 victory Friday night.
LATHROP – Nick McGill came through in the clutch during Thursday's Valley Oak League finale between East Union and Lathrop.
Sierra was one of the tougher and more talented squads in the Valley Oak League this year.