Even though blue-chip prospect Josiah Turner, a 6-foot-3 point guard bound for Arizona, was dismissed by the team last month, Sacramento High may still be favored to defend its Division-III crown in the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.
With five teams qualifying and three Manteca Unified schools hosting a first-round game, the Valley Oak League is well-represented in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-III girls basketball playoffs - so far.
Good news first: Sierra High's two losses to end the Valley Oak League girls basketball season last week had no effect on its postseason chances.
EL DORADO HILLS – Closing the Sac-Joaquin Section Divisional Wrestling tournaments with a berth into the SJS Masters meet was the primary goal, but Weston Ranch's Donnell Simms was able to take it a step further by winning the 189-pound championship on his way to the Masters.
Weston Ranch's boys basketball team was expected to contend for the Valley Oak League title this season, even with three sophomores in the starting lineup.
One team was trying to close out a frustrating season with one last quality effort.
LATHROP - J.J. Ramirez wants a commitment from his Lathrop High boys varsity basketball team.
The Ripon Indians opened the contest with a blistering start and never lost track, blasting Orestimba High 88-57 to close out the Trans Valley League boys basketball season Friday.
With the Valley Oak League championship already annexed by Manteca High's girls basketball team, the buzz surrounding its anticipated regular-season showdown with rival East Union took a little bit of a hit.
WESTON RANCH - With Sac-Joaquin Section postseason positioning at stake, intensity was not a problem for Weston Ranch and Sierra's girls basketball teams Thursday in their Valley Oak League finale.
RIPON - Thursday might have been senior night for the Ripon High girls basketball team, but it was a sophomore guard who came in off the bench and made the biggest impact in the Indians' last Trans Valley League game.
Winning felt so good for Lathrop High's girls basketball team after Tuesday's victory that the Spartans decided to do it again, putting together a fourth-quarter comeback to sting the Kimball 46-36 in both clubs' Valley Oak League finale.
Eddie Andrade is a young man of few words.
WESTON RANCH - As predicted, the East Union High boys varsity basketball game at Weston Ranch Wednesday was an up-and-down, high-scoring affair.
Lathrop High's varsity boys basketball team has one last chance to notch its first-ever Valley Oak League victory.
Lathrop coach Alfredo Reynaga came away encouraged after his Spartans dropped a 2-1 decision to host Sierra in the first Valley Oak League match for ...
The Sierra High boys had a couple of tough-luck losses Saturday to finish fourth in the Timberwolves Soccer Tournament at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
Jadyn Shinn blasted two second-half goals Saturday to lead tournament-host Sierra to a 2-0 win over Vacaville in the championship contest of the Vern Gebhardt ...
TURLOCK – Ripon had big first and third quarters Saturday to win the consolation championship of the 40th Annual Frank Godinez Memorial Tournament, defeating tournament host ...
STOCKTON – After Atwater came from behind to force overtime Saturday, Lathrop High outscored the Falcons 11-4 in the extra period to take third place in ...
SUNNYVALE – Winter Formal weekend may have trimmed the Ripon High wrestling roster Saturday, but the Indians still had a successful trip to the Wedber/Lawson ...
ATHERTON - Menlo-Atherton proved to be too big, too fast and too good.
Tournament host Sierra made it through pool play unscathed Friday with wins of 4-0 over Downey of Modesto and 2-0 over Chavez of Stockton in ...
Host Manteca High opened the Buff Cup Tournament Friday by trouncing Pacheco Friday, 9-0.
STOCKTON – The Manteca High Buffaloes ran into a tough West Campus squad in the second round of the Trojan Clash Tournament at Lincoln High on ...
STOCKTON – Bikram Thiara knows how to handle himself down the stretch.
Manteca rebounded well from its season-opening loss to Lincoln, and rebound the Buffaloes did.
STOCKTON - Thirteen turnovers and a lack of hustle on defensive rebounds led to a 16-5 first-quarter deficit for Manteca in the opening round of the ...
Linden took out its frustrations on Manteca, rallying in the second half for a commanding 2-0 win at Guss Schmiedt Field on Thursday.
STOCKTON - Lathrop fell behind to start the game Thursday, but the Spartans did not say there for long.