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.
TURLOCK - Jadyn Shinn scored once in each half, and it was enough for the Sierra girls soccer team to come away with a 2-0 road ...
The Maytag repairman has nothing on Isabella Cruz.
Trent Rivera set the tone on his first touch of the game for East Union at Riverbank.
STOCKTON - Sierra's boys basketball team dropped a 77-74 double-overtime heartbreaker to Grant in the first round of the McDonald's Classic at Edison High ...
Some teams have little depth because of a drop-off in talent. The Sierra girls basketball team has no depth – not because of a drop-off in ...
RIPON - Anthony Sisk turned to rapper Meek Mill to get him in the right mindset for Ripon's home opener against Lathrop on Tuesday.
LATHROP - Lathrop High's girls basketball team has high hopes for the 2016-17 season.
LATHROP - A defensive standout for Lathrop last season, Ronaldo Macias boosted the attack in the battle-tested Spartans' 4-3 win over visiting St. Mary's on ...
STOCKTON - Do not mess with tradition.
Win No. 401 came easily for Sierra girls soccer coach Manuel Pires.
RANCHO CORDOVA - East Union girls basketball coach Jim Agostini let his players call the shots out of halftime Monday and it paid dividends in a ...
RIVERBANK – With the game tied at halftime, Ripon Christian erupted for a 19-point third quarter while holding Langston Hughes Academy to just eight on the ...
Jacob Garcia got the ball rolling for East Union's lone goal against River City of West Sacramento on Saturday but that was enough as ...
Manteca's boys soccer team wasn't a kind wasn't a kind host to its first opponent in the 9th Annual Buffalo Cup on ...
Lincoln High's Andre Kelly torched the Manteca High Buffaloes a year ago when the two teams squared off.