TRACY – With a one-point escape standing between a pair of evenly matched Valley Oak League wrestlers' race towards a championship, one of the two was able to land it. Sierra's Lucas Widmer was phenomenal on his road to the 160-poud title match, but it would be No. 1 seed James Simerley of Weston Ranch who would walk away from Kimball High with the title.
Early on for the Sierra High Timberwolves girls basketball the squad was right where it planned to be.
RIVERBANK – The Ripon Indians would have liked to nab a few more Trans Valley League titles, and they would have liked a few higher placings, but the club is definitely pleased with its performance in the TVL Championships Saturday at Riverbank High.
When Dylan Alexander and Eric Duncan started jawing with the Sierra High student body in the game's final minute, it was hard to imagine at one point there was a 10-point lead for the host Timberwolves.
Everything that could go right for East Union did for the majority of the first half.
Coming into East Union there was a goal.
WESTON RANCH - Daiveon Leverett only touched the ball three times in the second half Wednesday against East Union.
STOCKTON – In a fitting center-stage spotlight, a pair of area girl wrestlers deservingly fought for a championship in the Sac-Joaquin Section Girls Wrestling Regional Tournament Saturday at McNair High. Both standouts' quest for titles came up short, yet still secured them trips south to Lemoore for the California Interscholastic Federation Girls State Invitational Feb. 23.
STOCKTON – With lighter weights setting the foundation for the Weston Ranch Cougars to post a first-round upset and a likely route to the Sac-Joaquin Section Team Duals Championship match, the heavier weights crumbled, costing the Cougars in a 33-30 loss to Los Banos Saturday at Lincoln High.
While shooting and passing the basketball are important to any victory, Weston Ranch's 53-41 triumph over Manteca was decided by neither.
It is always a good thing to show up when someone is watching.
After a solid showing in its win over Oakdale, Sierra dug itself an early hole it couldn't recover from in its VOL loss Thursday to Sonora.
LATHROP – For a moment East Union was right where it wanted to be.
Continuing a season as an individual in the postseason is one thing. Accomplishing the very same feat as a team is something completely different. Nabbing one of two Valley Oak League team berths for the Sac Joaquin Section was extremely important to the Weston Ranch Cougars Wednesday, and it showed.
For the Manteca Buffaloes, beating a team they weren't supposed to beat was a test they hadn't passed in Valley Oak League play. That changed for the Buffaloes Wednesday when they made the trek to Tracy a successful one with a 51-49 victory over the Kimball Jaguars.