RIPON - Before and after powerhouse Modesto Christian was in the picture, Mariposa High had long been king of boys basketball in the Southern League.
Weston Ranch's girls basketball team has seemingly had every opportunity to assert itself as one of the Valley Oak League's top two teams, and the Cougars' latest opportunity slid away to the Sonora Wildcats in a 50-42 loss Tuesday in Stockton.
When you get the chance to put all of your sophomores onto the floor at the same time in a varsity game, it usually says something about how the game is going.
While a lot of people would have been upset having lost by such a large margin, Lathrop High coach Ed Fang was actually pleased with the performance of his girls on the road at Manteca Tuesday night.
RIPON – The Ripon High girls varsity basketball squad unleashed its defense against visiting Hughson, resulting in a 43-20 Trans Valley League victory on Monday.
No area team improved its postseason position as much as the East Union boys and Sierra girls basketball squads, according to the second release of the Sac-Joaquin Section's power ratings.
Ripon Christian's boys basketball team can put its run of second-place finishes to rest tonight.
SALIDA – In a game that was nonexistent a few weeks ago, the Weston Ranch Cougars seized the moment in an 89-84 overtime shocker over Modesto Christian in the Crusaders' home gym Saturday in front of a standing room crowd.
In the first season the CIF has officially sanctioned the girls wrestling state championships, three area standouts solidified their trip south with top-4 finishes in the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters tournament Saturday at McNair High in Stockton.
STOCKTON - Just getting to the Sac-Joaquin Section Team Duals was supposed to be the hard part, but getting there seemed easy compared to trying to get through Los Banos during Weston Ranch High's 51-16 first round loss to the Tigers Saturday.
RIPON - If the whole basketball thing never works out for Ripon High senior Jared Ratto, he can take up acting in college.
STOCKTON - Over 220 wrestlers showed up to McNair High in attempt to continue their postseason run for at least another day, and for a handful of area wrestlers that mission was accomplished during the first day of the Sac-Joaquin Section Girls Masters Tournament.
Ripon Christian's boys basketball team is just one win away from earning a share of the Southern League championship after Friday's 68-55 triumph over visiting Le Grand.
The Manteca High boys varsity basketball team came out with a hard-fought effort against Sonora on Friday.
East Union completed a pivotal sweep of Oakdale on the road Friday, prevailing 55-54 in Valley Oak League boys basketball action.
Kimball put its best defender on East Union's best shooter on the final play of Tuesday's Valley Oak League opener at Dalben Center.
It's not just about what Manteca High's baseball team accomplished, but how it went about doing so.
Sierra begins its Valley Oak League title defense tonight against visiting Oakdale.
In a word - balanced.
STOCKTON – The battle for second place Saturday at Stagg High School's Demolition Day Wrestling Tournament came down to the 285-pound bout between East Union's Michael Villanueva and Sierra's David Saenz. Villanueva got the pin to get the Lancers second place by a point and he was awarded the outstanding heavyweight wrestler award.
Mark Paule Jr. burst onto the scene with seven touchdowns in a season-opening victory at Ripon High, and then never let off the gas.
Ruby Daube stepped up big for East Union once again.
With its bigs slowed by foul trouble, Sierra looked to its guards to end its pre-league schedule on a high note Friday at Tokay.
On multiple occasions this past fall season, Dani Erdelatz and some of her Ripon Christian teammates acknowledged that the 2014 Knights lacked the star power of their predecessors.
STOCKTON – His name is Joseph Mayorca, but the Weston Ranch midfielder's grandmother calls him "Yo-Yo" and it's easy to see why.
TRACY - Jim Agostini burned his final timeout with 1:33 left in regulation, hoping to get his East Union girls basketball team one last breather.
STOCKTON - The Sierra High put together a total team effort to claim the Adidas Trojan Christmas Classic Tuesday at Lincoln High.
Ripon Christian defended its own court and tournament title with, well, hard-nosed defense.
TRACY - For a quarter-plus in Tuesday's Tracy Breakfast Lions/Tom Hawkins Tournament consolation-bracket final, Manteca showed how much it has improved since its season opener a little more than three weeks ago.
One awkward finish on Monday led to another on Tuesday at the Modesto Christian Holiday Hoops Classic.