Ripon Christian held a slim six-point halftime lead, but used a 16 point third quarter to cruise past the Kimball Jaguars 46-31 Thursday in the opening round of the Hughson Tournament.
Weston Ranch was able to erase a six-point halftime deficit, outscoring host Bradshaw Christian down the stretch for a 68-64 win Thursday in the first round of the Bradshaw Christian Tournament.
For it to be the opening stages of the wrestling season, the East Union Lancers came out with the intensity of a squad with postseason aspirations, taking care of Edison High with three pins in a 54-30 dual match win Wednesday at the Dalben Center.
Sierra High made the trip north to take on the Tokay Tigers and outstanding defensive play helped the Timberwolves return victorious, holding the Tigers in check on their home court in a 48-38 win over Tokay Wednesday in preseason action.
RIPON - Just moments after Ripon High's standout 215-pound wrestler, Travis Smith, posted the fastest pin of the night, heavyweight Mike Goldberg of Lathrop did his even faster - and quickness isn't a trait you'd normally associate with the weight class.
Missed free throws nearly cost Sierra High's girls basketball team Tuesday at Beyer.
RIPON - The first four minutes were far from perfect for Ripon Christian, but things got straightened out in a hurry. The Knights jumped all over the visiting Hughson Huskies with a first half run and never let up in a 55-18 blowout Tuesday.
In a battle of defending league champions, it was host Modesto High of the Modesto Metro Conference that prevailed 51-45 over East Union.
MODESTO – Despite a 10-2 run by Golden Valley midway through the fourth quarter Saturday in the Consolation Championship of the Modesto City Classic, East Union found itself in position to send the game into overtime with two 3-point attempts by Brandon Cline in the closing seconds. Both long tries rimmed out and the Cougars escaped with a 65-62 win at Johansen High School.
West High of Tracy had East Union beat on the look test.
The East Union Lancers once again relied on sharp-shooting and solid defense to take a step further in the Modesto City Classic Friday night by downing Los Banos 56-45 and secure their second victory of the season.
The combination of strong defense and sure-shooting helped the Ripon Christian girls cruise to its second victory in as many nights, this time by a 48-28 margin over the Downey Knights in the consolation championship of the Escalon Tournament Friday.
Manteca High freshman forward Tia Tuuga said she was nervous, but she did a horrible job of showing it in her varsity debut Thursday at Winter Gymnasium.
For the second straight night, Manteca High's boys basketball team didn't get off to a good start, but this had nothing to do with lazy defense or a cold-shooting offense.
LATHROP - The Ripon High girls varsity basketball team incorporated tough pressure defense to go with plenty of hustle plays while routing the Spartans in Thursday's non-league game.
TRACY - Ripon came out on fire Tuesday, and only the Indians would calm their own flames in a 12-2 shellacking of host Kimball of Tracy.
MARIPOSA - Make it seven straight Southern League volleyball titles for Ripon Christian.
Manteca battled valiantly with a starter hobbled by injury and another out for the season, but the Buffaloes could not keep up with the taller ...
LODI - Ripon High's girls golf team is the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V runner-up for a second straight year, but this time two Indians will ...
Senior Night did not start out well for East Union on Monday.
MODESTO - The Ripon boys water polo team went 2-3 in the DeLong Tournament held at Enochs High last Friday and Saturday.
Manteca carried the frustrations of two close losses to Central Catholic into the season, using it as motivation to return to championship form.
LATHROP - Manteca High's girls tennis team has one more match to complete what has been a dominant run in the Valley Oak League.
LATHROP - What started out nip-and-tuck ended up anything but Wednesday night, as visiting Manteca pulled away in the first game and rolled through the next ...
STOCKTON - East Union's run of nine straight Valley Oak League titles officially came to an end Tuesday at Swenson Park Golf Course, but the ...
TRACY - Manteca is the Valley Oak League champion again.
MODESTO - Manteca's postseason hopes hit a snag Monday with a 16-25, 25-16, 16-25, 21-25 loss to Central Catholic on Monday.
RIPON - The Ripon High boys water polo team's streak of Valley Oak League victories came to an end Thursday at Ervin Zador Aquatic Center.
Manteca's service game is improving.
RIPON - Ripon High's girls golf team has been dominating the competition in the Valley Foothill League North Division, and the Indians may still be ...