The stage is set for Friday's rivalry showdown between East Union and Manteca High's girls basketball teams.
By Scott Thomason's count, his Sierra High boys basketball team has won 15 championships this season.
Halie Bergman was on her game Tuesday night.
Things are about to get interesting for the high school boys and girls basketball teams in the area.
Manteca High's boys basketball team showed some fight in its 53-41 loss to visiting Sonora Friday, but it got ugly when a real fight broke out midway through the fourth quarter.
With two players out and two others playing on gimpy ankles, East Union's boys basketball team would have taken a win at Oakdale anyway it could get it.
RIPON - Ripon High girls basketball coach George Contente slammed a clipboard onto his seat out of frustration during Thursday's Trans-Valley League contest with Hughson.
Ripon Christian's sophomore girls basketball team rolled to another blowout victory in Southern League play Thursday, crushing visiting Denair, 50-10.
LATHROP - Lathrop High won on the mat, but East Union won where it counts - the scoreboard.
RIPON - Ripon High's first scoring option was sidelined for the entire game, and for certain parts of its Trans-Valley League grudge match with Escalon Tuesday the second, third and fourth players in line joined him on the bench.
Ripon Christian's girls basketball team held host Le Grand to seven points in each quarter and rolled to a 55-28 victory Monday.
The Manteca Maniacs set out on their maiden voyage Sunday.
Sierra is as hot as East Union was cold in their Valley Oak League contest Friday.
Weston Ranch star Dylan Alexander threw up a half-court prayer at the buzzer with the Cougars down 42-40 at Manteca High's Winter Gymnasium.
Another day, another blowout win for Ripon Christian's boys basketball team.
RIPON - A devastating knee injury derailed Jacqui Uecker's senior season at Ripon High, but she remained positive that her ultimate dream of playing volleyball for a four-year university would eventually come to fruition.
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Paul Lyons finished strong in his junior season for the Sacramento State men's track and field team, but it wasn't quite good enough for him to make his first appearance in the NCAA Championships.
STOCKTON - Ripon High shortstop Jarrod Andrews made the defensive play of the game, and it was he who scored the final run to end the 25th Annual High School All-Star Baseball Classic at Delta College's Nick Cecchetti Field on Friday.
Three of seven hits were triples for the Manteca Little League Tigers, who ran away from Tracy American 14-5 Tuesday in the quarterfinal round of the District 67 Minors Tournament of Champions at Brock Elliot School.
Brian Goulart and his East Union softball team aren't done celebrating yet.
STOCKTON - John Ward doesn't have fond memories of Sierra.
STOCKTON - Since taking over his alma mater in 2002, Manteca High head coach Eric Reis has built a winning program steeped in tradition anchored by dominant linemen.
STOCKTON - Steven Martinez, a bull of a lineman at 5-foot-11, 290 pounds, couldn't wait between turns to go toe-to-toe with other touted linemen from the county.
The area's two qualifiers for the CIF State Track & Field Championships ended their high school careers in the preliminary round Friday in Clovis.
Isaac Searcy threw all but two pitches for the Cardinals and hit a pair of doubles to help defeat the Red Sox 6-3 on Friday for the Manteca Little League major division championship.
Cherish Burks, Darian Van Der Maaten, Leo Soto and 11 other recent graduates from the Manteca area will don their high school jerseys one last time.
Hayden Beier was the lone three-event winner in individual races for the Manteca Dolphins, who placed second in a Mid-Valley League tri-meet at the Ervin Zador Aquatics Center in Ripon last Saturday, May 30.
Aysia Cortez added another achievement to her already-impressive 2015 run on the wrestling mat.
Nine players from the Ripon and Ripon Christian baseball teams earned all-league honors, with Indians junior Angelo Baciocco getting the nod for the Most Valuable Offensive Player in the Trans-Valley League.