RIPON - Ripon Christian's girls basketball team may have lost do-it-all forward Kelsey Tillema to graduation, but the Knights have gained depth.
When the weather changes and the wrestling rooms become packed, high school grapplers are honing their skills in hopes of stretching their seasons into the always climactic Sac-Joaquin Section second-season. For a few area wrestlers, finishing the season with a trip to State is their sole purpose on the mat this year.
Sierra High's boys basketball team struggled to convert shots taken inside the 3-point arc Tuesday against visiting Ripon.
By the time the Manteca High girls basketball team's offensive exploits caught up to those of their defense, there was nothing Patterson High could do to stop the onslaught, mustering just four first-half points on their way to a 50-16 loss Tuesday.
WESTON RANCH - In a much anticipated battle of the area young guns, the Weston Ranch High boys varsity basketball squad was blown away on its home court by McNair Tuesday, 72-52.
Lathrop High's first-ever varsity boys basketball victory didn't come as easily as head coach J.J. Ramirez had hoped Tuesday.
In a game played at a high-tempo, and sometimes wildly out-of-control, pace Monday, it took a deep breath and poise at the free-throw line to finally decide it.
Ripon High's girls basketball team posted its third straight victory decided by at least 20 points, and fourth overall, with a 62-21 pummeling of first-year varsity Kimball at home Monday.
The East Union and Ripon High girls' basketball teams will battle for more than just a non-league victory when they square off for the fifth straight year next Saturday at Dalben Center.
STOCKTON – Weston Ranch finished the day 3-2 Saturday and brought home the Division 3 first-place trophy in its own Cougar Duals.
The Ripon Christian girls basketball team had one focus when they came into the Lady Huskies Tournament title game Saturday, and the squad was able to accomplish that task with a 51-47 win over host Hughson for the preseason tournament title.
The Ripon High basketball team found itself up against one of the storied Bay Area high school basketball programs, but the Indians were up for the challenge in a 40-37 win over Skyline High Saturday in the consolation final of the Granada Tournament.
With time running out the East Union sophomore Lancers were able to hoist one last shot up at the buzzer, but the miracle didn't happen in the Lancers' 35-32 December Madness Tournament Championship on Saturday.
Sierra High opened the fourth quarter clinching a one-point lead, but by the time Eddie Andrade was finished the Timberwolves had their first home victory intact, riding Andrade's three fourth quarter 3-pointers to a 57-49 victory.
Weston Ranch High's boys basketball team whipped the defending Sac-Joaquin Section Division V champion, Victory Christian of Carmichael, 75-54 Friday in the semifinal round of the Bradshaw Christian Holiday Jamboree in Sacramento.
After giving up the lead in the fourth quarter Thursday, Sierra bounced back with a 28-yard touchdown pass from Caden Worth to Brandy James with 4:53 showing on the clock and held on for the 12-7 win over visiting Ripon in non-league freshman football action at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
Weston Ranch successfully defended its Stagg Brown and Gold Cup crown on Saturday, securing the championship with a 2-0 win over the host team.
The Ripon and Sierra football teams will rekindle their rivalry in the marquee Zero Week game tonight.
LODI - Leagues are realigned.
Manteca and East Union are out for revenge, while Lathrop's second-year head coach returns to his hometown to lead the Spartans onto familiar grounds.
Brooke Riley stood shoulder to shoulder with a teammate, both staring down the third fairway at Manteca Park Golf Course.
LATHROP – Alfredo Reynaga hasn't wasted any time putting his stamp on the Lathrop High boys soccer program.
Weston Ranch isn't going to surprise anybody this year.
Ripon Christian has re-established itself as a force among Sac-Joaquin Section small-school powers following eight straight losing seasons.
The Ripon High boys soccer team didn't just lose the area's top player from a year ago.
Kevin Mendiola wheeled back with his right foot and took the ball off a bounce, sending it crashing into the back of the net.
An undefeated league record and a playoff win would be seen as successful for most teams. Ripon Christian did that in the 2013-2014 season, and for the Knights it was an off year.
In this her 10th year in the Sierra volleyball program, Timberwolves coach Trinity Johnson is looking to improve on last year's 1-13 Valley Oak League record – 3-19 overall – and she is not afraid to think outside the box to do it.
The Manteca Futbol Club Flash under-12 girls soccer team might not have a flashy Northern California ranking, but that could soon change.
It is not often that a team has momentum after graduating its core players, but the East Union volleyball team is riding high going into this year's Valley Oak League campaign.