From left, coaches James Peterson of Turlock (vs. Freedom), Jeremy Plaa of Downey (at East Union) and Roger Canepa of Central Catholic (vs. Clovis West) have tough opening night tests, but the most intriguing game on Aug. 23, 2019 belongs to Oakdale-Sonora, according to a fan vote.

Girls basketball rankings: Manteca, Sonora remain on top in respective divisions

Joe Cortez


(Central California Athletic Conference, Central California Conference, Valley Oak League, Western Athletic Conference)

1. (1) Manteca (14-6) — The Buffaloes hold onto the top spot despite a 63-56 loss to a very good Kimball team. Manteca’s lone victory of the week was a 68-53 win over Weston Ranch.

2. (2) Lathrop (16-5) — The Spartans had a perfect 3-0 week, scoring 60-plus points in each victory and winning by an average margin of 45 points. 

3. (3) Atwater (16-6) — Rolled through the Central California Conference with a perfect 3-0 week, beating Merced 65-43, Golden Valley 68-19 and Buhach Colony 62-39.

4. (4) Modesto Christian (7-12) — Let’s face it, the Crusaders play a tougher schedule than anybody in these parts. And a case could be made that they’re the No. 1 team. But for now, they hold firm at the fourth position.

5. (t5) Turlock (14-7) — Last week, the Bulldogs shared the No. 5 slot with crosstown rival Pitman, but they shook they knocked the Pride into the ranks of teams on the bubble by virtue of a 56-47 head-to-head win. There was that head-scratching, 56-53 loss to Gregori, so Turlock better beware,  knockin’ oil the door and wants a spot in the front row.

On the bubble: Beyer, Central Catholic, East Union, Enochs, El Capitan.


(Trans-Valley League, Mother Lode League, Southern League, Central California Athletic Alliance)

1. (1) Sonora (14-5) — A perfect 4-0 run sets up a Mother Lode League showdown with No. 2 Calaveras on Thursday night at 7:30 at Bud Castle Gymnasium.

2. (2) Calaveras (14-3) — The Indians get a chance to avenge an earlier loss to the Sonora and, potentially, grave the No. 1 spot in the Front Row.

3. (3) Mariposa (17-1) — But don’t sleep on Mariposa. The Grizzlies are looming and making a strong case that they’re the No. 1 team in the region. Milea Appling had 20 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals in a win over Waterford, then 27. points, 11 boards, 6 dimes and 4 steals in a win over Gustine.

4. (4) Livingston (14-8) — Yes, the Wolves did lose 56-47 to Ripon in a head-to-head Trans-Valley League matchup. But it was Livingston’s first league loss of the year, so we’re cutting them a little sack. The Wolves stay at No. 4

5t. Ripon (13-7), Ripon Christian (13-7), Hughson (13-8) — Ripon followed its win over Livingston with a loss to Ripon Christian, which, in turn, lost to Hughson, a team that Livingston beat by 28 points. This next week in the TVL should help us sort through the mess. But for now …