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.
Jim Agostini wanted to see how his East Union girls basketball team's conditioning and depth would hold up on the fourth and final day of the Tom Hawkins/Tracy Breakfast Lions Tournament Friday at Tracy High.
Weston Ranch's boys basketball team finished with a more-than-respectable third-place effort in the Modesto Christian Holiday Classic Friday, defeating the tournament host in overtime, 79-77. It was the second time in as many years that the Cougars defeated Modesto Christian in overtime.
Manteca High's freshman boys basketball team mounted a 17-6 run in the third quarter en route to beating rival Sierra 48-38 and claiming the Block M Tournament championship Friday.
RIPON - Ripon Christian was eager to defend its home court in its own tournament.
Sierra has done some of its best work against top teams so far, and Thursday was no different.
East Union High will play for third place today in the Tom Hawkins / Tracy Breakfast Lions Girls' Basketball Tournament.
Mikayla Bongi utilized her stellar East Union defense to get out of two late-inning jams Friday on the way to a 2-0 non-league softball victory ...
Manteca High's girls soccer team reworked its schedule this week as it looks to make its final tune-ups before the start of the competitive ...
LATHROP - When you rap out 15 hits and draw eight walks in just four innings, you probably will not need good pitching to win a ...
Oakdale visited Manteca Park Golf Course on Thursday and tallied two Valley Oak League wins in one shot.
What is a historic season for Manteca is considered a "down year" for Bishop O'Dowd.
GALT - With a strong mix of underclassmen and varsity veterans, Sierra is ready to return among the ranks of the Valley Oak League's elite ...
OAKDALE - Ripon rebounded from its Trans-Valley League-opening loss in a big way, topping host Escalon 210-222 at Oakdale Golf & Country Club on Wednesday.
East Union outpointed rival Sierra 8-1 at the Manteca Regional Tennis Center on Wednesday, but it far more competitive than the final score indicates.
Sam Rohovit has all the physical tools to play catcher.
RIPON - Lathrop got only four balls out of the infield Wednesday in its road game with Ripon, and three went to Andrew Durrer in right ...
Brett Lewis clapped, picked up the game ball and joined his players for the traditional postgame handshake.
STOCKTON - If patience is a virtue, the Sierra softball team is about as virtuous as it gets.
HUGHSON - Last week, Ripon High's girls soccer team encountered the three toughest teams - Central Valley, Manteca and Vista del Lago - it is likely to ...
Manteca is building up for its big showdown with Kimball.
The Sierra High Timberwolves topped rival Manteca in Valley Oak League action Tuesday at the Manteca Park Golf Course, 249-303.