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.
RIPON - The Valley Oak League's reigning champions started the conference season at Ripon High's Ervin Zador Aquatic Center on Wednesday.
Hughson has the perfect record.
The East Union High girls golf team put together a strong overall performance in the annual Sierra Invitational on Wednesday.
TRACY - Sierra's varsity boys and girls cross country teams are in position to seize Valley Oak League titles after both again went undefeated in ...
Brooke Riley was two strokes shy of tying her own record at the Manteca Park Golf Course front nine in a Valley Oak League dual ...
Bulletin staff reports
Lathrop - Manteca dominated Lathrop in the first two matches and played well enough to win in the third Tuesday with a 25-15, 25-11, 25-17 sweep ...
RIPON - Coming off its first loss of the Southern League season, Gustine visited Ripon Christian on Tuesday and came away with a one-sided 5-0 victory.
Manteca blew two one-on-one opportunities in its 1-0 upset of visiting Sierra but the deciding goal took the unconventional route to the net at Guss ...
The Sierra High Timberwolves suffered a tough Valley Oak League loss to Central Catholic Thursday.
DENAIR - Denair needed just 17 minutes to build a comfortable lead in its 5-2 victory over Ripon Christian on Thursday.
MODESTO - Buried by its own mistakes early on, Manteca dropped a three-game loss (22-25, 23-25, 17-25) at Central Catholic in a battle for sole possession ...
The Manteca High Buffaloes are 9-2 in the Valley Oak League.
HILMAR - The Ripon volleyball team came up short against defending Trans-Valley League champion Hilmar on Wednesday.
Manteca scored three goals before visiting Lathrop even got off a shot Wednesday night in an 8-2 win for the Buffaloes in Valley Oak League ...