LATHROP – The Spartans closed out the preseason Wednesday with a 68-44 loss to visiting Chavez High.
BRENTWOOD - George Contente looked skyward with fingers crossed behind his neck - body language for "Go figure."
TRACY - Bad news first: Lathrop High's girls basketball team dropped its seventh straight game Wednesday, losing 41-30 to Patterson in Day 3 of the Tom Hawkins/Tracy Breakfast Lions Tournament at West High.
The Timberwolves will play Enochs today for the championship of the Robert Dominik Fuchs Memorial Holiday Classic.
The Vos brothers surely left their mark in Ripon Christian's 57-47 boys basketball victory over Patterson Wednesday in the Oakdale Tournament.
The Sierra High wrestling team took third place in the Demolition Day tournament at Stagg High Tuesday.
TRACY - East Union's girls basketball team has dropped two of its last three, and it could have easily been three straight losses if not for a comeback win decided by a one-point margin.
RIPON - Sometimes all the effort in the world can prove to be too little too late.
Ripon High's girls basketball team is one win away from the West Coast Jamboree's Sapphire Division consolation championship round, and it will have to get past a familiar foe to get there.
The Sierra High boys basketball team has history of success in the Robert Dominik Fuchs Memorial Holiday Classic hosted by Columbia College in Sonora.
STOCKTON - Cold shooting in the fourth period contributed to the East Union High boys varsity basketball team's 77-62 loss Tuesday to Freedom.
TRACY - Sharon Washington flirted with a rare quadruple double, but she alone wasn't the reason why Manteca High's girls basketball team trounced Mills of Millbrae 60-34 in the first round of the Tom Hawkins/Tracy Breakfast Lions Tournament Monday.
SALIDA - Ripon High's boys basketball team drew first blood Monday in its first game of the Modesto Christian Holiday Hoops Classic, of the premier tournaments in Northern California, against Burbank of Southern California.
The Ripon High girls basketball team opened the massive West Coast Jamboree Monday in Brentwood with its second loss of the season, as Brook McGrath led Crater (Central Point, Ore.), 47-30.
There wasn't too much of anything that Ripon High senior Kelsey Johnston had to prove. When The Bulletin's 2010 All-Area Volleyball Most Valuable Player began her season, there was only one mission yet to be conquered and that task no longer stands.
Gerardo Romero scored two goals and assisted another in East Union's 4-1 triumph at Sierra on Wednesday.
Weston Ranch's coronation looked as if it was going to be delayed.
Manteca had two game-point opportunities in an attempt to force a fifth set against visiting Weston Ranch but came up short in a 20-25, 25-27, 25-16, 30-32 defeat Wednesday.
East Union won the Valley Oak League title and Brooke Riley is the MVP.
Tuesday's Trans-Valley League rematch against Ripon was sure to have been circled on Riverbank's calendar.
TRACY - The road to the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs just got a little longer for the East Union volleyball team.
Kevin Bolding summed up Manteca's trip to Oakdale as a "tough night."
Sierra just missed out on having another finalist in the Valley Oak League Singles Tournament.
RIPON -Hilmar had the look of a team that had been there, done that in tight situations.
Weston Ranch clinched a second straight postseason berth with Monday's resounding 7-1 victory at Lathrop.
That stunning loss to Orestimba appears to be in the rear-view mirror for Ripon Christian.
Ripon hadn't played a match away from familiar Stouffer Field in nearly three full weeks until it traveled to Hilmar on Thursday.
Ripon avenged a previous loss and put itself in a good position to return to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Tournament with Thursday's 164-174 win over Linden at Jack Tone Golf Course.
The Southern League race has quietly developed into an intriguing one.
Pay no mind to Lathrop's record.