Three Buffalo greats will soon be roaming the Great Plains.
RIPON - If only every night was senior night for Ripon High's girls basketball team.
Michael Hatfield did it again.
Kyle Alexander has dabbled in many sports but appears to have found one he can stick to for the rest of his life.
Weston Ranch's girls basketball team officially clinched a playoff berth for a sixth straight year Tuesday night with a 67-40 rout at Manteca, but the Cougars are looking to raise the bar for the program.
The Lathrop High girls basketball team doesn't have a playoff run to look forward to, but it isn't going out without a fight.
At this point last year and the 23 before that, coaches were busy crunching numbers to see where their teams could potentially land in the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.
STOCKTON - Weston Ranch was able to limit Manteca High center Michael Hatfield this time around, but the Cougars had no answer for the Buffaloes' two best guards.
Lathrop trailed by as much as 10 in the third quarter at Sonora but came back to squeak out a well-earned 64-58 victory Friday night.
East Union's girls basketball team was making it a habit to start games sluggishly this season.
Senior night did little to distract Weston Ranch's girls basketball team Thursday night.
Ripon has been competitive for most of the season but doesn't have the wins to show it.
Ben Juarez knocked down a jump shot to give Kimball its first lead in the second half with 22 seconds left in Wednesday's crucial Valley Oak League contest at Manteca High's Winter Gym.
STOCKTON - With no true post players on his team, Weston Ranch coach Chris Bauer has challenged the two tallest to be more of a presence in the paint.
Not this time.
Lathrop High showed well in many ways Friday night when its boys basketball team was eliminated from the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs.
Ripon Christian was able to overcome a poor start but couldn't fly with the Falcons of Forest Lake Christian for the duration in a Sac-Joaquin Section Division V boys basketball quarterfinal Friday in Auburn.
Alyssa Cantu and Jasmine Ivey are in line to capture their second medals in the CIF State Girls Wrestling Championships.
PATTERSON - For 3 ½ quarters, No. 6 Weston Ranch matched third-seeded Patterson stride for stride in a heated footrace for a spot in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III semifinals Thursday.
No stranger to postseason success, Ripon Christian is a win away from advancing to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V semifinals for a fifth consecutive season while clinching another berth to the CIF State Regional Championships.
LATHROP - Lathrop High head coach Nathan McGrath could sense it from the Spartan Nation cheering section moments before Wednesday's Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoff opener against 11th-seeded Mariposa.
Ripon High's 15th-seeded boys basketball team went down playing up to the competition Wednesday when the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs tipped off.
Manteca High head coach Dave Asuncion had opportunities to keep 6-foot-6 freshman Tydus Verhoeven off the varsity roster.
By JONAMAR JACINTO
Reactions were mixed among area coaches Wednesday when the Sac-Joaquin Section unveiled its postseason basketball brackets.
There was no playoff berth on the line Tuesday at Sonora, but both the Wildcats and visiting East Union apparently didn't get the memo.
Weston Ranch athletic director Pat King announced Monday that the school's girls basketball team will forfeit Saturday's victory against East Union for using an illegal player.
Sierra's boys basketball team heads to Lathrop tonight coming off an impressive 71-46 drubbing of Weston Ranch.
STOCKTON - Sierra High's Joshua Patton registered 18 points, 13 rebounds and 10 blocks and threw down a one-handed dunk in transition for the final points of the third quarter of Friday's 71-46 victory at Weston Ranch.