CERES – The Manteca Buffaloes found themselves fighting a numbers battle in their double-dual match against Sonora and Ceres highs, giving the Buffaloes a task they could not conquer in a 39-27 loss to Ceres and a 56-18 loss to Sonora Thursday.
OAKDALE – East Union showed up in Oakdale and took care of business, halting a normally explosive Mustang offensive attack in a 42-34 Valley Oak League win over the Mustangs.
OAKDALE – East Union made the trip to Oakdale expecting a battle and they got one, holding off the Mustangs for a 38-33 Valley Oak League win.
Sierra High opened up its Valley Oak League match against Lathrop High with five consecutive pins, earning the bulk of its points and then holding off the Spartans for a 48-36 league win Wednesday at Sierra High.
The Manteca Buffaloes weren't sweating the fact that they were playing from behind for most of the first half Wednesday night.
The Valley Oak League season is in full-throttle and the East Union Lancers had no interest in giving up a hard-earned league win, fighting off a resilient Oakdale Mustangs squad for a 56-55 win Wednesday at the Dalben Center.
The East Union Lancers opened up a double-digit lead in the first half and never relinquished, dropping the visiting Oakdale Mustangs 66-55 in Valley Oak League action.
Sierra completely dominated in the post, knocked down big shots from the perimeter and registered a new season high in points scored while dispatching visiting Lathrop's young-but-promising first-year varsity squad 55-46 Tuesday.
After dealing with the play of Ceres High's Jamie Beck for three-and-a-half quarters, the Manteca Buffaloes were still in position to remain undefeated in the Valley Oak League play, but the Bulldogs escaped Winter Gym with a 50-47 win over Manteca Tuesday.
LINDEN - Linden was able to neutralize Ripon Chrsitian's big scoring threat, 6-foot-8 center Tyler Goslinga, in the two team's third non-league matchup of the season Tuesday, but the Lions had trouble containing Daniel Van de Pol and Logan Vos.
CERES - Manteca High's defending Valley Oak League champion boys basketball team knew it would have to change directions in a hurry after losing to Weston Ranch at home last Friday, and the Buffaloes were able to do that with a comfortable 57-47 Valley Oak League win over Ceres.
One late goal in pool play killed Manteca Futbol Club Arsenal's chances to vie for the championship of the Modesto Ajax Winter Invitational this past weekend.
Trailing by 10, 34-24, going into the final period, Lathrop High's sophomore girls basketball team pieced together a 15-6 run to stun Sierra 43-40 on the road Tuesday.
ESCALON - Lathrop High's junior varsity wrestling team had nine Spartans place at the Escalon Tournament this past weekend.
STOCKTON – For any of the area wrestlers have not had the opportunity to experience the CIF State Wrestling Championships, this weekend's Big Valley Wrestling Classic gave some of the state hopefuls a glimpse at what making it to the final stage is like.
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.
Weston Ranch put Friday's Valley Oak League ball game against Sierra solely in the hands of standout sophomore Jaelen Ragsdale.
Don't let the records fool you.
RIPON – Tiana Chacon has been an All-Trans Valley League first-team third baseman the past two seasons.