Kiwi Gardner doesn't have to score in bunches for Manteca High's boys basketball team to win, and that was proven in the Buffaloes' 77-68 victory Friday in front of a capacity crowd at crosstown rival East Union's Dalben Center.
After sustaining a first quarter Weston Ranch's boys basketball team could not have drawn up any better, the host Sierra Timberwolves were in position to put together an improbable comeback. Cougar guard Jason Steele lessened Sierra's chances with a huge steal in the waning seconds of Weston Ranch's 66-63 win Friday.
RIVERBANK - The flu bug and Riverbank couldn't slow Ripon's boys basketball team Friday in the Indians' second Trans Valley League contest.
The Sierra High sophomore boys basketball team opened its Valley Oak League contest with Weston Ranch a little flat but played an inspired fourth quarter, pushing the game into overtime before falling 69-65 Friday.
Shalane Jackson was a non-factor in the East Union girls basketball team's 52-47 loss to intracity rival Manteca in the third round of the Tom Hawkins Tracy Breakfast Lions Tournament on Dec. 29.
WESTON RANCH – There were plenty of opportunities for Sierra High girls basketball team to take control of its Valley Oak League contest with Weston Ranch, but the Timberwolves didn't take advantage of any in their 49-41 loss Thursday.
RIPON - The Ripon Christian Knights wasted little time asserting themselves as the dominant team during their 52-39 Trans Valley League win over Escalon High Thursday.
Manteca High's sophomore girls basketball team took commanding 14-2 and 20-8 leads after the first and second quarters, respectively, against visiting rival East Union Thursday in Valley Oak League action.
People filled the stands in droves anxiously expecting another epic battle between the Manteca and Sierra High basketball squads, and neither squad disappointed during the Buffaloes' 64-48 Valley Oak League win over the host Timberwolves.
His grand return to the hardwood was anything but.
STOCKTON – There wasn't any one particular start that helped Weston Ranch in their 60-28 thrashing of the Lathrop Spartans Friday night.
The East Union wrestling team knew this would be the final time for its seniors to shine in their home gym, giving the Lancers all the reason to put on the performance they did with a 61-15 win over Manteca and a 44-34 win over Sierra for city-wide bragging rights.
LATHROP – The Weston Ranch Cougars did not kick off their match with the Ceres Bulldogs in the manner in which they would have liked and it cost them dearly in a 35-30 Valley Oak League loss Wednesday.
Led by the 13 point performances of Zerrion Payton and Sean Visperes, the Weston Ranch Cougars were easily able to down the visiting Lathrop Spartans at home.
Stephanie Vanni and the rest of the Sierra girls basketball team made it a point to bottle up Manteca's top scoring threat, Sharon Washington, in Tuesday's pivotal Valley Oak League contest.
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.