It was business as usual for the Manteca High girls varsity basketball squad.
WESTON RANCH - For the better part of three and a half quarters, East Union looked more than on its way to a Valley Oak League upset win over the Weston Ranch Cougars. Over the game's final 2:45 that would change, and the Cougars would do just enough for a 47-43 win Tuesday.
Sierra High's boys basketball team won its first six Valley Oak League games by an average margin of nearly 23 points with Oakdale coming the closest with an eight-point loss.
The roller-coaster relationship of one-third of a highly-touted Weston Ranch trio of juniors is now enrolled at Modesto Christian in Salida and planning on playing hoops for the Crusaders for his senior campaign.
The Lathrop girls basketball team has been able to count on a victory when they meet up with the Oakdale Mustangs, and nothing about that changed Tuesday as the Spartans finished off the Mustangs with a 48-35 Valley Oak League win.
Lathrop High's boys basketball team followed up one statement game with another Tuesday.
RIPON - Ripon High's girls basketball team capped the first half of the Trans-Valley League season Monday with a 62-25 rout of Orestimba.
WESTON RANCH – With just enough hope to keep believing, the Weston Ranch Cougars pressed themselves to within single digits late in the third quarter. The run ushered Sierra into a return-fire scoring frenzy, culminating in a 84-56 Valley Oak League blowout Friday.
East Union countered Manteca's aggression with aggression, and it paid dividends in Friday's Valley Oak League girls basketball showdown between first-place squads.
Old rivalries never die.
Things are starting to click in a major way for the Weston Ranch Cougars.
RIPON - The Ripon High girls basketball team has a leg up in the race for the Trans-Valley League's unofficial public schools title.
LATHROP - Sierra High's girls basketball team is hoping its early-season struggles are behind it after putting forth a complete effort Wednesday.
OAKDALE – Neither squad was able to claim a victoyr over the host Wednesday when Weston Ranch and East Union opened their Valley Oak League dual match at Oakdale High, but the Cougars were able to claim bragging rights after a hard-fought 46-24 win against the Lancers.
Manteca led off the bottom of the first Thursday with three infield singles that led to two runs, but visiting Oakdale proved to be too ...
OAKDALE - It was almost an all-Manteca final in the Valley Oak League Doubles Tournament at Oakdale High on Thursday.
RIPON - Ripon High's swim team celebrated Senior Day and another Valley Oak League championship for the girls on Thursday.
It has been seven years since Sierra last won a Valley Oak League championship, the longest title drought under longtime coach Manuel Pires.
It was a celebration of sorts for two East Union High teammates.
LATHROP - With a top of the lineup that went a combined 10 for 14 with eight RBI and Marco Gonzales dominating from the hill, East ...
MODESTO - Manteca's lead in the Valley Oak League keeps getting wider, even if it takes some close calls to get the Buffaloes to where ...
Christian Guzman did all he could to give Lathrop a chance, but his 2-over-39 score was not enough as the Spartans were nipped by Manteca ...
Valley Oak League softball games are tough, but Manteca intra-city games are tougher.
Weston Ranch senior point guard Jaelen Ragsdale has been recognized as the top Division III player in the state by Cal-Hi Sports.
TRACY - Sophomore Christian Guzman finished 2-under 34, and Lathrop set a new team record Tuesday in its 227-240 victory over Sierra at Old River Golf ...
OAKDALE - Manteca High freshman Solmon Aniss qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II Individual Tournament with his third-place finish in the Valley Oak League Singles ...
Bulletin staff reports
Manuel Pires wiped his forehead with the back of his hand, smiled and breathed a sigh of relief.
RIPON - Travis Vander Molen looked at his tragic knee injury as a blessing in disguise.