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.
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.