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.
Lathrop High's varsity boys basketball team has one last chance to notch its first-ever Valley Oak League victory.
ANTIOCH - Down three starters, including second-leading scorer Asia Stamps (ankle), the Weston Ranch girls basketball team relied on Justice Stitt to provide a spark on ...
RIPON - A reduction in turnovers normally leads to more points. In the case of the Ripon Christian girls basketball team Wednesday night, it led to ...
LATHROP - Lathrop's boys basketball team is rolling now.
Dwight Young came in with the hot hand against Turlock on Tuesday.
While the outcome of Monday night's non-league girls basketball game between Manteca and visiting Laguna Creek of Elk Grove was never in doubt, Manteca ...
TRACY – The big guy can play in the back court, too.
RIPON – Reina Sausedo scored eight of her team-high 13 points in the first half before the tournament-host Indians went cold in the second half and ...
RIPON – Ripon went on a 9-0 run midway through the third period Saturday and lucky for the Indians they did as Stagg of Stockton then ...
Attacking the basket, hitting open 3s and playing hard-nosed defense is Sierra's recipe for success.
RIPON - Vincent Olmo is a big boy, and he used all of his 6-foot-6, 250-pound frame at just the right time Friday night.
TRACY - Lathrop's boys basketball team appears to have found its stride.
RIPON - It took a quarter, but the Ripon girls basketball team finally caught on to Kayla Jacklich's example.
ELK GROVE – The Manteca High Buffaloes appeared to be rounding into shape.
RIPON – Under blustery, windy conditions Thursday visiting Hughson got a goal in each half and Ripon Christian could not find the net in a 2-0 ...