After starting the season 2-2, the East Union freshman boys basketball team rolled off 21 straight wins, including all 16 Valley Oak League contests, to claim the VOL crown.
ROCKLIN – Twenty-eight area wrestlers advanced beyond Day 1 of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV and V Tournaments Friday, either going undefeated and qualifying for today's championship semifinals or winning two out of three matches and qualifying for the consolation bracket.
SALIDA – With the absence of powerhouse forward Reeves Nelson – serving a one-game suspension for getting ejected from Tuesday's game against Ripon Ron Vander Nolen had a lot of reasons to think that his Ripon Christian Knights stood a chance at slaying undefeated Trans Valle League champion Modesto Christian.
It was all about business Wednesday night at Winter Gym where Manteca avenged its only Valley Oak League blemish of the season with a workman-like 59-52 win over Sonora.
The last time a Manteca High boys basketball team tore down the nets at Winter Gym, its current coaching staff was in grade school.
CERES - The playoffs seemed a certainty for Weston Ranch as recently as a week ago, but thanks to a shocking 47-40 loss to Ceres Wednesday night, it now appears that the Cougars will need a little help to qualify for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III postseason.
Eric Godfrey scored 10 of his game-high 17 in the first quarter as the Manteca sophomore boys basketball team raced out to a 13-5 lead and cruised to a 52-45 win.
Two weeks ago, Manteca's boys basketball team hosted in-town adversary Sierra and won a 73-69 overtime thriller to take the outright lead in the race for the Valley Oak League championship.
Considering East Union claimed at least a share of its third-straight Valley Oak League championship with a 61-39 blowout of Oakdale Tuesday night, the senior night postgame atmosphere inside Dalben Center was surprisingly subdued.
SONORA – Sharon Washington continued her recent tear, scoring 22 points, and Davina Bennett added a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds, but costly turnovers down the stretch were too much for Manteca to overcome in a 54-46 loss to Sonora.
RIPON - Perhaps it wasn't an upset after all.
RIPON - The Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs don't tip off until next week, but the postseason has already begun for Ripon.
WESTON RANCH – The Lathrop High sophomore girls basketball team finished its first Valley Oak League season at 8-8 with a 39-27 win over Weston Ranch Monday night.
CERES – The plotlines were plentiful Saturday at Central Valley High, the site of this season's Valley Oak League wrestling championships.
HUGHSON - As all wrestling coaches know, timing is everything.
It wasn't a matter of if but when Ripon Christian was going to bust loose against winless Turlock Christian in a Southern League match Monday.
Manteca High athletic director Dave Smith announced last Friday that the school's varsity boys and girls basketball coaches have stepped down.
East Union's Cherish Burks hit the fifth pitch of the game over Manteca's left-field fence for a leadoff home run, setting the tone for a 12-1 Valley Oak League victory on Friday.
Scott Tolman broke a school record and turned in two Sac-Joaquin Section-qualifying times for the frosh-soph trials to help Sierra's boys edge host Manteca 88-84 in Friday's Valley Oak League opener for both rival schools.
One sweet goal from Jessica Carmona and a pivotal save on a penalty kick by Samantha Brooks were two big plays that lifted Ripon past host Riverbank 3-0 in a Trans-Valley League girls soccer win Friday.
East Union ended its pre-league schedule the same way it started it, with a frustrating one-run, extra-inning loss.
The Buffaloes' tennis squad has dominated other Manteca Unified School District programs in recent history.
Manteca fielded the younger team for a Valley Oak League match at Lathrop on Thursday, but it was the visiting Buffaloes who played like the more experienced club.
Gabe Chavez kept the East Union baseball squad in the game with superb dealing from the bump Thursday.
Ripon junior Nick Sharp was 4-under going into the ninth hole at Stevinson Ranch during Thursday's Trans Valley League showdown against Hilmar (4-3).
East Union made what was supposed to be a challenging week of Valley Oak League matches look easy, capping it off with Thursday's 5-1 domination of defending champion Kimball in Tracy.
One swing of the bat was all it took for Oakdale.
East Union freshman Alexis Erich not only delivered a stout performance from the circle on Wednesday, but she also blasted a solo home run as the Lancers extended their unbeaten streak to eight after a 6-2 Valley Oak League victory on the road against Kimball.
Lucas Garcia recorded the first win of the season for East Union, and he also made a game-ending catch in foul territory in front of visiting Lodi's dugout on Wednesday.
East Union coach Todd Dunaway considers Lathrop's track and field team a force to be reckoned with this season after the two teams split their Valley Oak League opener Wednesday.