By JAMES BURNS
By JONAMAR JACINTO
STOCKTON - Despite trailing in the third quarter and a 27-point effort from the Weston Ranch's Jaelen Ragsdale, visiting Sonora scored 30 points in the fourth to come back and win the Valley Oak League opener 68-62 on Tuesday night.
Lathrop has qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section boys basketball playoffs just once (2012) in four years, while Kimball is oh-fer going into its fourth varsity season.
The rebuilding of East Union's girls basketball team already appears to be over.
Ripon Christian was able to slow down Mariposa's top player.
STOCKTON – Sierra High's senior team captain Lucas Widmer had an impressive run during Saturday's Demolition Day Tournament at Stagg High.
The Lathrop High boys basketball team wrapped up its preseason Saturday with a 69-54 consolation championship loss at the Rocklin Holiday Classic against Whitney.
RIPON – Ripon didn't have an answer for Escalon's 6-2 senior guard Owen Pangilinan during Friday the Trans Valley League opener Friday night.
With three starters sitting the first half of Sierra's final nonleague contest at Downey on Friday, the Timberwolves had some trouble getting untracked against the winless host team.
The Manteca girls basketball team finished its preseason with a 2-8 record and took its final lump on Thursday afternoon against visiting Lincoln of Stockton at Winter Gym.
Weston Ranch went on a 9-0 run early in the fourth quarter Thursday to close a 20-point St. Mary's lead to 11, but the Rams finished the game on a 10-1 run to defeat the host Cougars 62-42 in non-league boys basketball action.
The Ripon Christian boys and girls basketball teams are both coming off championship runs in the Southern League last year.
Lathrop's boys basketball squad hung with the tournament host for the first two quarters of Thursday's opening round game at the Rocklin Holiday Classic.
RIPON - Gustine fans and coaches alike pleaded all game for their players to box out.
Ripon's girls basketball team snapped a four-game skid with a 53-41 Trans Valley League victory over Orestimba on Thursday night.
Weston Ranch is 5-0 with first-year senior Derek Gordon on the team, and he had a direct impact on the result of Thursday night's wild 54-53 overtime win at Kimball.
Another night, another blowout win for Weston Ranch's upstart girls basketball team.
Jessica Hasal drained a 3-pointer and made a steal on the ensuing Sierra possession midway through the fourth quarter Wednesday to spot Manteca to a four-point lead that would prove to be the margin of victory in a 36-32 win at Sierra High.
Despite only scoring nine second-half points Wednesday, Lathrop's girls basketball team still held off visiting Oakdale 30-28 for its first Valley Oak League victory of the season.
Sierra was nothing short of impressive during a 59-15 Valley Oak League victory against cross-town rival Manteca High Wednesday night.
Sierra prepares for every game the same no matter the opponent.
STOCKTON - After leading by just two points at the end of the first quarter, Weston Ranch went on a 13-1 run to start the second period Tuesday and kept visiting East Union at bay the rest of the way in a 54-41 win.
Sean Broker poured in 18 points, and Ripon Christian held off the hot-shooting Hawks of visiting Delhi for a 63-50 win in Southern League action.
Delhi's girls basketball team put up a fight against visiting Ripon Christian in the first quarter, trailing 10-6 at one point on Tuesday.
Chris Teevan has no qualms about putting the weight of Weston Ranch's rebuilding boys basketball program on the back of 5-foot-8, 150-pound sophomore Jaelen Ragsdale.
MODESTO – Lathrop's Jasmine Ivey and Sierra's Victoria Burke both took home Enochs Lady Eagles Invitational titles Saturday for each of their pooled weight brackets.
Weston Ranch has gone on a hot streak since adding a couple of players to its roster.
Sonora did enough damage in the first half to win 50-40 despite making just two field goals over the final two quarters of Friday's Valley Oak League matchup at Sierra.