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.
OAKDALE - Sierra High's girls basketball team probably best defines what has been a wild Valley Oak League race this year, as it split a regular-season series with a third postseason contender by falling to Oakdale 44-18 Tuesday.
The East Union girls sophomore basketball team wasted little time asserting itself against the visiting Weston Ranch Cougars, jumping out to a 26 point halftime lead on the way to a 55-26 Valley Oak League shellacking Tuesday.
Jan. 15 seems so long ago for Sierra's girls basketball team.
The last time East Union and Oakdale got together, the Lancers' head coach Jim Agostini referred to it as one of the hardest losses the program has experienced.
Weston Ranch punctuated the game with a 9-0 run and avoided an upset loss at Lathrop 63-52 on Thursday.
By JAMES BURNS
Mikey Villanueva was down and almost out during Wednesday's Valley Oak League double dual at Dalben Center.
Sierra is going to the show.
RIPON – Ripon drew first blood during Wednesday's Trans Valley League matchup against its visiting rival Escalon.
The hardwood version of the Battle of I-5 again did not disappoint wednesday.
Scott Brooks' old East Union basketball jersey will be joined by another this Friday night when the Lancers host crosstown rival Manteca.
ESCALON - Twenty-point leads aren't safe when Escalon and Ripon get together for their Trans-Valley League confrontations.
STOCKTON - Weston Ranch no longer sits alone atop the girls Valley Oak League basketball standings.
East Union was already down a starter who was out with an illness.
The Weston Ranch girls basketball roster has dwindled down to eight for the remainder of the season, but one key addition has the Cougars on pace for their first-ever VOL championship in their 10th season.
Ripon Christian's girls basketball has dominated second quarters of late.
RIPON – Despite Ripon going scoreless for over a 10-minute stretch Saturday night, the Indians still had a chance to knock down a game-winning trey as time expired - but it was never hoisted.