Ernie Pimentel was the last of the Manteca High boys basketball players to hop off the ladder with a piece of history in hand.
East Union High's boys basketball team kept its slim postseason hopes alive Friday with a 60-53 victory over Central Valley on homecoming night.
LATHROP - Ripon High's boys basketball team did well to make it a game for a half, but Modesto Christian had too much in its arsenal for the Indians to keep up for the long haul.
Wayne Cheung single-handedly outscored Central Valley in East Union High's 58-30 homecoming victory Friday in sophomore boys basketball action.
Sharon Washington hit the big shot to help Manteca High's girls basketball team beat Sierra the first time the two teams met, and she was at it again Thursday in the Valley Oak League rematch with postseason berths on the line for both squads.
Manteca resident and St. Mary's High girls basketball star Chelsea Gray has garnered nationwide attention and the accolades that come with it, but the latest tops them all.
CERES - East Union High's girls basketball team has a funny way of showing appreciation.
WESTON RANCH - Tuesday's loss to East Union may hurt the Weston Ranch High girls basketball team's playoff chances in the end, but the Cougars were able to snap a four-game losing streak with a 56-34 victory over Lathrop.
CERES - What started out as an offensive onslaught turned out to be a defensive struggle for the remainder of the contest, and East Union High's sophomore girls basketball team was able to squeak out with a 37-36 win at Central Valley.
Manteca Unified has been well represented in the heavyweight division in recent years, and East Union High junior Devon Woodall will look to keep the trend going in the Valley Oak League Wrestling Championships Saturday at Weston Ranch.
WESTON RANCH – After taking the lead and setting the stage for a come-from-behind victory with just over four minutes remaining, the East Union boys basketball team went ice cold, dropping its must-win Valley Oak League contest to Weston Ranch 64-50 Wednesday.
The Sierra High varsity boys basketball team had little trouble taking care of business against the visiting Oakdale Mustangs, dominating on every facet in a 60-32 Valley Oak League win Wednesday.
Sierra High's sophomore basketball team used clutch free throw shooting down the stretch to out-duel Oakdale High 70-62 Wednesday in Valley Oak League action.
The nets are still hanging from the rims at Dalben Center - for now.
RIPON – Slipping three spots in the Sac-Joaquin Section basketball power ratings and a shot to avenge a Trans Valley League loss to the Escalon Cougars were motivation enough for Ripon Christian's in its 66-53 win over the Cougars Tuesday.
East Union's girls basketball team was making it a habit to start games sluggishly this season.
Senior night did little to distract Weston Ranch's girls basketball team Thursday night.
Ripon has been competitive for most of the season but doesn't have the wins to show it.
Ben Juarez knocked down a jump shot to give Kimball its first lead in the second half with 22 seconds left in Wednesday's crucial Valley Oak League contest at Manteca High's Winter Gym.
With four games left in the regular season, the Sierra Timberwolves appear well on their way towards an outright Valley Oak League title.
LATHROP - After surviving seven lead changes and four ties, host Lathrop ended the first half on a 7-0 run and outscored East Union 22-9 in the third quarter on the way to a 64-48 win in Valley Oak League boys basketball action.
Isela Rivera isn't concerned so much about her place in East Union girls soccer lore, though there have been few as productive as the senior striker.
Having battled back from a 21-point deficit to visiting Lathrop and leading by one with 35 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, Manteca's Jessica Hasal penetrated to the key and then dished out to Allison Rachels on the perimeter. Rachels threw up a 3-pointer and by the time it bounced off the glass and through the net she was picking herself up off the floor with the Buffaloes on the way to a thrilling 54-49 Valley Oak League girls basketball victory at Winter Gymnasium.
STOCKTON - With no true post players on his team, Weston Ranch coach Chris Bauer has challenged the two tallest to be more of a presence in the paint.
Not this time.
The Ripon Christian boys basketball team overcame Turlock Christian's considerable size advantage for a second time with Tuesday's commanding 64-51 triumph.
RIPON - Amber Hilvers searched for the words, trying her hardest not to sound disrespectful.
All that matters is who leads at the end. For the Ripon Christian girls' basketball team, that is a good thing.
Lathrop junior Isaiah Ellis put on a show in front of the home crowd Friday night.
In a game that featured a head-to-head showdown between the Valley Oak League's two best senior post players, it was the guards who made the difference.