LATHROP - East Union wrapped up the Valley Oak League dual season with wins over Sierra and host Lathrop Wednesday, but the Lancers ultimately came up short of their goal.
For the Manteca Buffaloes, beating a team they weren't supposed to beat was a test they hadn't passed in Valley Oak League play. That changed for the Buffaloes Wednesday when they made the trek to Tracy a successful one with a 51-49 victory over the Kimball Jaguars.
Ripon High will not be defending its Sac-Joaquin Section Division-V Team Duals title this Saturday.
Any loss of focus by the Sierra High girls basketball team and Oakdale would have celebrated its first Valley Oak League win.
RIPON - Ripon High nearly pulled out a much-needed win with its top two ball handlers fouled out of the game.
Those epic Manteca-Sonora football games may soon be replaced by Manteca-Central Catholic.
Sierra's boys basketball team is the top Division-III squad in the Sac-Joaquin Section, according to the first of two releases of the playoff power ratings.
There's no crying in baseball, but there sure is plenty of it in wrestling.
LATHROP – Lathrop responded with a ferocious last-ditch effort, but it wouldn't be nearly enough as Manteca established an early lead and it never surrendered in a 58-49 win over the Spartans Tuesday.
The Ripon High girls basketball team had its best scoring output of the season in Monday's 67-30 shellacking at Escalon, and the Indians have their defense to thank.
Manteca native Pete Duenas is among four of the newest members of the Amateur Softball Association's Greater San Joaquin Hall of Fame.
Manteca High senior Courtney Range is among the 814 basketball players nationwide to be nominated to play in the prestigious McDonald's All-American Games.
WESTON RANCH - The big-time players were making big-time shots, but the difference for Sierra in Friday's marquee matchup against Weston Ranch was the clutch play of its role players.
Gift wrapping Oakdale its first Valley Oak League win was probably the best thing that could have happened to the East Union Lancers. East Union came off the loss with the intensity of a championship game, sapping Manteca's spirit in the first eight minutes of its 55-37 win Friday.
Kimball High used the momentum of its winter festival to come out and pounce on the visiting Lathrop Spartans 68-51 in Valley Oak League play Friday.
Things just got real for area boys volleyball teams.
LINDEN - Mark Rodriguez came through in clutch situations during East Union's 5-3 extra-innings victory over previously-undefeated Linden on Monday.
Sierra broke into the win column Saturday with a 25-23, 16-25, 15-11 win over Lathrop in the Sierra Boys Volleyball Tournament.
East Union had already battled back twice from deficits, and Brayden Hardcastle came oh so close to tying it back up in the bottom of ...
Thanks to Tawny Deerinck, the science wing at Manteca High may need a new skylight.
LATHROP - Lathrop's first four batters reached in the bottom of the seventh, but visiting Chavez was able to limit the damage for a 9-7 ...
STOCKTON - Manuel Rubio pitched three innings and went 3 for 4 with three runs at the plate, helping Weston Ranch complete a series sweep of ...
Jhai Flowers set a new school record in the pole vault in helping Lathrop's boys track and field team trample host Manteca 111-23 in ...
RIPON - Ripon hit the pool swimming Thursday, dominating visiting Sierra and Kimball to sweep the Valley Oak League-opening tri-meet at Ervin Zador Aquatic Center.
Manteca's Gino Campiotti broke open a close game in the sixth inning with a bases-clearing double and pitched five innings to get the win ...
RIPON - Things were looking bleak just a week ago for the Ripon boys golf team.
East Union was held to two hits but was rewarded for its patience at the plate in a 3-1 win over visiting Atwater on Wednesday.
A rough start was only part of the reason for Sierra High's 5-3 loss to visiting Turlock on Wednesday.
Sometimes patience wins out over power.
PATTERSON - One day after winning a pitchers duel against powerhouse Ceres, Manteca squeaked past Patterson 11-10 in a slugfest Wednesday.