Manteca High's boys basketball team opens Valley Oak League play tonight against visiting Oakdale with a pedestrian 7-4 preseason mark, but do not be deceived into believing the Buffaloes are an average squad.
Entering a season with at least a portion of the past three Valley Oak League championships, and four of the past five, would usually make the defending champs the odds-on-favorite to close the season with another one. But the dominance the East Union Lancers have held over their VOL counterparts will hold little merit as the league season gets underway Tuesday for the nine VOL girls basketball programs.
The perception around these parts is that Manteca rules the high school football scene, Sierra reigns in soccer and the softball crown rests on the heads of the Lancers of East Union.
History was made. Dreams were realized. Others were crushed. The first decade of the 21st century ended with a bang in the world of sports here in the Manteca area and for Manteca-area natives that have moved on to great things - one being Scott Brooks, the head coach of the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder. The East Union High legend tops the Bulletin's top-10 stories of 2009 in Manteca and beyond. Brooks is the first ...
WALNUT CREEK - Sierra High's wrestling team brought just 11 athletes to the Bill Martell Tournament Wednesday, but that was enough for it to leave its mark in its final tune-up for the Valley Oak League season.
The 5th Annual Lady Lancer Tournament at East Union High Wednesday lasted just 4 ½ hours.
SONORA – Sierra High will open up the 2010 Valley Oak League season with a visit from the Sonora Wildcats, so the Timberwolves' 52-47 win in the third-place game of the Dominick Fuchs Classic helped Sierra close out the preseason in the best possible way.
RIPON – When the Oakdale Mustangs turned up their full-court pressure, Ripon Christian was unable to conquer the challenge, falling to the Mustangs 47-32 in the championship of the Lady Knights Classic Wednesday at Ripon Christian.
TRACY – Sharon Washington had another phenomenal outing leading her Manteca Buffaloes to the consolation championship of the Tracy Breakfast Lions Tournament with a 50-40 win over Foothill High Wednesday.
­SALIDA - Rod Wright isn't delusional. He says the goal for his Ripon High boys basketball team is to win the brutally-competitive Modesto Christian Holiday Hoops Classic every year the Indians are in it. Ripon finished with one win out of four contests after losing to Oakland Tech 65-53 in the 11th-place game Wednesday. And what was Wright's final assessment? "It was a successful tournament for us," he said. Wright added that he is often ...
BRENTWOOD – When Weston Ranch opened the first quarter with one of its worst offensive outputs of the season, recovering from its double-digit deficit proved impossible as the Cougars dropped its loser's bracket contest 74-48 to Clovis High in their 10th Annual West Coast Jamboree contest at Liberty High.
TRACY - The good news for East Union's girls basketball team is that it is still tied for first place in the Valley Oak League.
SALIDA - One day after notching its biggest win of the season, the Ripon boys basketball team appeared ready to ride that momentum after a quality first-quarter effort against Merced in a third-round consolation game of the Modesto Christian Holiday Hoops Classic Tuesday.
BRENTWOOD - The Weston Ranch Cougars got another strong effort from sophomore Jazmin Strane, who led a 47-43 victory over the Amador Valley Dons of Pleasanton Tuesday in second-round action of the 10th Annual West Coast Jamboree at Liberty High.
Sierra's girls tennis team ended its regular-season run with a 7-2 loss at Kimball on Tuesday.
By JONAMAR JACINTO
Abdiel Chaquito is a rarity for the high school soccer.
TRACY - A combination of an intimidating Kimball front line and a string of unforced errors by visiting Weston Ranch proved to be too much for the Cougars to overcome.
Ripon made program history with its 3-1 win at Escalon on Monday.
Needing to beat Bret Harte in the Valley Foothill League finale to reach the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Tournament, Ripon High's girls golf team did one better Monday at Lodi's Micke Grove Golf Links.
The Sierra High Timberwolves spread around the wealth on offense in Friday's 48-7 Valley Oak League win over Lathrop at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
RIPON – Ripon Christian pieced together its highest-scoring performance of the season in an 84-0 win over Turlock Christian on Friday night at Stouffer Field.
TRACY – Weston Ranch came out and played an inspired second half of football Friday in a 48-27 loss to Kimball.
Sierra High's Anna Cardenas defeated Christine Kim in the No. 1 singles encounter Thursday, but the Timberwolves couldn't put away other tightly-contested matches in a 7-2 defeat against second-place Oakdale.
Oakdale gave itself some breathing room in the Valley Oak League standings Thursday, warding off visiting Manteca 3-2 for the second time this season.
Sierra went from escaping with a disappointing one-goal win to breathing a sigh of relief that it remained a 1-1 tie with visiting Lathrop High on Thursday.
Ripon High's girls golf team put together its best round of the season Thursday, and just in time with the Valley Foothill League North Division Tournament looming.
For Weston Ranch to play its way back into the postseason hunt, it will have to avenge some of its losses from the first-half of Valley Oak League play.
Sierra carried some momentum from Game 1 to Game 2 on Wednesday against host East Union, but unfortunately for the Timberwolves the results were the same in all three matches as the Lancers won the Valley Oak League volleyball contest 25-19, 25-19, 25-16 at Dalben Center.