When East Union opened its Valley Oak League contest with Sierra High on a 10-0 run, it was a glimpse of what was to be expected during the Lancers' 48-31 victory over the visiting Timberwolves Friday.
RIPON – It is one thing to dominate a team with less talent, but to do so with the effort usually reserved for close games is another.
The effort and execution Sierra High's girls basketball team displayed over the final two quarters were missing early, and visiting Sonora took advantage in a 55-43 win Wednesday in both clubs' Valley Oak League opener.
Felipe Duran's unconventional pin sparked East Union's wrestling team in its double-dual with visiting Sonora and Kimball Wednesday at Dalben Center.
Manteca High's Valley Oak League double-dual opener with Lathrop and Oakdale did not last long.
It was not their best performance.
After putting itself in the best possible position to win their first-ever Valley Oak League game, Lathrop forfeited its 10-point lead and needed to fend off a stubborn East Union club in a 42-40 win Tuesday at Dalben Center.
George Contente figured his Ripon High's girls basketball team was going to have its hands full when it hosted Hilmar for a Trans-Valley League opener Tuesday.
The most challenging part to the Southern League opener for Ripon Christian was likely making the long trek to Mariposa. Once the Knights showed up it was all business, cruising to an easy 55-33 win in both teams' league openers.
Sierra's boys basketball squad made its fourth trip to Sonora in seven days Tuesday, and the Timberwolves returned home with their 10th straight victory.
When the Valley Oak League boys basketball season gets underway tonight, the league will break down into two groups. In one group six teams, East Union, Manteca, Lathrop, Kimball and Oakdale will vie to separate themselves from one another. And in the other group will be Sierra and Weston Ranch.
One victory separated three teams in the final Valley Oak League girls basketball standings a season ago. And if defending league champions Manteca High, Weston Ranch and East Union are linked together like sausage again in 2012, it will not be a surprise.
It was a year of "first time evers" and "first time in a long times" in Manteca area sports.
The Sierra High boys basketball squad captured the Fuchs Memorial Holiday Classic crown Friday at Columbia College.
Throughout the West Coast Jamboree the Weston Ranch girls basketball team was able to put up quality showings against each tournament opponent, but that was not the case in the Cougars' 61-39 loss to Monte Vista in the championship round of the Tanzanite Division.
TURLOCK - Turlock was able to get Manteca High's undefeated boys basketball team to play with a little hesitation by varying its defensive looks, but ...
STOCKTON – Less than 48 hours removed from a California Division IV-A state football championship, Sierra's Daniel Wyatt took to the hardwood Monday and showed ...
ELK GROVE - Manteca visited Laguna Creek for the annual Character Combine Classic on Monday, which serves as both a charitable drive and a tune-up for ...
What was thought of to be its biggest test of the young season didn't end up to be much of one for East Union ...
Manteca High's Tydus Verhoeven found Frankie Lopez in the corner for a 3-pointer with 10 seconds left in the championship game of the Cosumnes ...
TRACY – What a difference a day makes.
Slow to start on the offensive end, Sierra finally exploded late in the opening quarter after its top scorer was benched with his second foul ...
Bulletin staff reports
RIPON - Ripon missed two free throws, a put-back and an open 3-pointer on the final possession of its nonleague tilt with East Union on Wednesday.
LATHROP - Lathrop ended a two-game slide Wednesday and didn't need sophomore Junior Ballard to score more than 30 points to do so.
RIPON - For the second time this season, Ripon Christian High fell to Calaveras.
While St. Mary's gives up size against most teams, Manteca - with three starters at 6-foot-8 or taller - could struggle against the quicker ones.
TRACY - East Union's Olivia Vezaldenos flirted with a triple-double Tuesday, and the Lancers outscored host Tracy 20-4 before running away with a 56-34 non-league ...
LATHROP - Lathrop High played with a certain tenacity against visiting Pitman on Tuesday.
TURLOCK - Jess Spivey once again provided much of the offense for Sierra, but it was defense that helped the Timberwolves conquer Turlock 45-28 in a ...