SACRAMENTO - In a game pitting two girls basketball teams that are near-mirror images of each other, it came down to which mounted the last big run in Thursday's Sac-Joaquin Section Division-III quarterfinal between Manteca High and host Christian Brothers.
Things looked quite bleak for the Golden West 49ers girls basketball team as they went into halftime trailing August Knodt by double digits. But Brijanee Moore took the matters into her own hands, exploding for 25 second half points and lifting the 49ers to the Manteca Unified Student Trust Title Thursday in 32-27 win at East Union High.
For the area wrestlers chasing the dream of a berth into the California Interscholastic Federation State Championships, the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters is undoubtedly the biggest tournament of the season. Earning a trip to Bakersfield will mean closing out action in the Stockton Arena Saturday as one of the section's top seven wrestlers.
The East Union High girls basketball team kept it close early on against No. 2-ranked El Dorado on Thursday, but the Cougars took advantage of turnovers in the second round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs, rolling to a 50-41 win.
The season ended in Vacaville Thursday for the Ripon Christian girls basketball squad.
ELK GROVE - After putting a raucous Cosumnes Oaks student body on pins and needles with an 8-2 run to open the first-round Sac-Joaquin Section Division-III playoff contest, East Union lost its touch and fell 63-49 Wednesday.
WESTON RANCH - The Weston Ranch High boys basketball team passed the first test of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs.
RIPON - For a sophomore, Cole Herrin plays and acts like he's been there, done that.
Ripon Christian opened the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-V playoffs just as is expected from the tournament's No. 1 seed, demolishing Tioga High of Groveland 69-35 Wednesday.
The area's three remaining girls basketball teams are each one win away from qualifying for NorCals while advancing into the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs semifinal round.
For the remainder of the season it is win at all costs, and that was obviously the mindset for the East Union Lancers in their 58-48 Sac-Joaquin Section Division-III first-round win over Dixon High Tuesday at the Dalben Center.
Defense helped Manteca High overcome dry spells on the offensive end Tuesday in its first-round showdown with 12th-seeded Natomas in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-III girls basketball playoffs.
RIPON - In the end, it didn't matter that the Ripon Christian girls basketball team nearly surrendered a 20-point lead and virtually invited the visiting Victory Christian Vikings into a game they were never in.
Being the second best team in the Trans Valley League was not good enough to earn Ripon High's girls basketball team a home game in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV playoffs, and it proved costly in the Indians' 78-68 overtime loss to Linden High Tuesday.
The Sierra High girls basketball barely earned one of 16 Sac-Joaquin Section Division-III playoff berths, but getting in earned the Timberwolves a matchup with the tourney's No. 1 seed,
YUBA CITY – With 5 seconds remaining in the third period Saturday and a tie score in the 285-pound consolation championship of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III Wrestling Championships at River Valley High School, Manteca's Steven Martinez smothered Matt Kjeldgaard of Oakdale and slammed Kjeldgaard to the mat, landing on top of the Mustang and apparently claiming third place.
Weston Ranch hadn't lost back-to-back games all season until it dropped its final two in the Valley Oak League.
Cody Haines and David Onochie, the little big men for the Ripon boys basketball team, are playing some of their best basketball right now.
George Contente looked at West Campus and Colfax as potential opponents first round opponents for his Ripon High girls basketball team.
Midway through the season, East Union was languishing in the middle of the pack, searching for a foothold in the Sac-Joaquin Section playoff chase.
LATHROP – Captain Yaneli Avila is revered for her quiet leadership on the soccer field.
STOCKTON – For the Weston Ranch boys basketball team, the season will finish just as it began – on the road.
Scott Thomason broke from tradition at the start of the basketball season.
Manteca boys basketball coach Brett Lewis feels like the bounces are going the Buffaloes' way as of late.
Daniel Ruiz made five straight free throws in the final minute, 30 seconds, helping host Golden West edge previously-undefeated Sequoia 48-47 in Tuesday's thrilling Manteca Unified Student Trust small-school boys basketball championship game.
The Manteca girls basketball team's stumble to the finish line ultimately cost it a berth to the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.
LATHROP - Dylan Gross scored 11 of his game-high 13 points in the second half to lead the Woodward Mustangs to a 43-36 win over the Mossdale Jaguars on Tuesday in the Manteca Unified Student Trust Large School Boys Basketball Championship at Mossdale School.
Sierra is the boys Valley Oak League basketball champion for the fourth time in as many years, and as a result of Tuesday's 84-48 thumping of visiting Lathrop the Timberwolves are a perfect 14-0 for the second time in that same stretch.
Four Ripon players were recognized on senior night Tuesday, and they had more reason to celebrate following the Indians' 36-27 triumph over Escalon.
Anand Hundal once again came up short of his first career triple-double in Manteca High's 69-37 shellacking of visiting Oakdale in a regular-season finale Tuesday.