RIPON – Millennium High looked as if it was up for the challenge, but a 22-7 run to open the second quarter provided Ripon Christian with all the cushion the Knights would need to win the opener of their own tournament, 77-63.
HILMAR – Lathrop High opened the Hilmar Tournament with a strong showing in a loss Thursday, but now the Spartans are hoping to streak after earning their first varsity win, 50-35, victory over the Summerville Bears.
Down 19-14 at halftime, visiting Ripon pieced together a 10-2 run in the third and surged to a 34-28 win against East Union Friday.
LATHROP - Mark Maynard admitted that he felt the pressure of having to set the table for Lathrop High's first-ever varsity dual match against Cosumnes Oaks of Elk Grove Thursday night.
MODESTO – Manteca High opened the contest with a lackluster effort, and the Buffaloes couldn't recover in their 62-39 loss to Grace Davis.
TRACY – The Weston Ranch Cougars put themselves in position to continue along the winner's bracket path of the 21st Annual Tracy Winter Holiday Basketball Tournament, but an offensive letdown final period left tthem on the short end of a 61-51 final against Vallejo High.
It takes 32 clocked minutes to complete a high school basketball game.
FAIRFIELD – The Lancers made the long trip to Fairfield only to drop its non-league contest against the Monticello Empire League's Armijo Indians 47-35 Wednesday.
STOCKTON – With heads hanging low and a scoreboard reading the improbable, the East Union Lancers walked into the locker room searching for answers. Those answers came in the form of long-range shooting, with the Lancers outscoring Bear Creek by 22 points in a come-from-behind 84-80 win over the Bruins Wednesday in Stockton.
TRACY - CharRay Poole's intentions were clear as he put his head down and took his first aggressive dribble toward the basket from the left wing.
WESTON RANCH – Going into the final period it looked as if both team had an opportunity to snatch a pivotal non league win, but an 18-2 fourth quarter run was too much for the Ripon Indians to deal with during their 59-37 loss to Weston Ranch Tuesday in Stockton.
PATTERSON – With another 20 point performance under his belt, freshman phenom Jordan Kron steered the East Union Lancers roll past the Patterson Tigers, winning 69-65 in non-league action Tuesday night at Dalben Center.
MODESTO – Sierra High did just about everything right, reeling off its second consecutive victory in a 44-35 win over the Beyer Patriots.
PATTERSON – With Brock Swift's 18 points leading the way, the East Union sophomore basketball team cruised to a 39-29 victory in Patterson Tuesday night.
Manteca native Brian Rohles followed his best season with an even better one.
Sierra proved up to the challenge in its Valley Oak League encounter with visiting Weston Ranch on Friday.
Manteca's Loretta Kakala could feel the anxiety building before the start of Friday's game.
RIPON - The Ripon Christian High expected a tough fight from visiting Escalon on Friday.
Valley Oak League-leading Sierra took Lathrop's best punch and cruised to a 65-59 victory Thursday night.
STOCKTON - Weston Ranch High orchestrated a 17-0 run in the second quarter while rolling past Kimball Thursday, 74-51.
RIPON - Riverbank survived a second-half charge from Ripon and escaped with a 43-39 overtime win in a pivotal duel between the Trans-Valley League's first-place teams.
Loretta Kakala and the Manteca High girls basketball team dispatched one rival and appear ready for another.
STOCKTON - East Union came prepared for a track meet but left the sprint spikes at home.
Emery Sipe's conventional 3-point play with 1.4 seconds to go lifted host Oakdale to a dramatic 39-37 win over Lathrop on Wednesday.
Sierra's wrestling team had a good showing at Central Catholic in a Valley Oak League double-dual meet Wednesday but settled for a split. The Timberwolves first topped Lathrop 51-27 before coming up short against the host Raiders, 48-30.
All-Area Girls Golfer of the Year Brooke Riley has committed to Northwestern, one of the top Division I women's golf programs in the nation.
In a first-place battle of teams with similar strengths, experience and Hunter Johnson proved to be the difference for reigning Valley Oak League champion Sierra.
Jourdy Richter drained five 3s and scored a season-high 22 points, and the Ripon girls basketball team had its best offensive game of the season in a 66-26 thrashing of visiting Hilmar on Tuesday.
Ripon Christian boys basketball coach Ron Vander Molen employed various zone defenses with hopes of neutralizing visiting Riverbank's speed advantage in their Trans-Valley League contest Tuesday.
Weston Ranch boys basketball coach Chris Teevan studied his scorebook, marveling at the balance.