SALIDA – Weston Ranch played sloppily during the first quarter of the opening round of the Modesto Christian Holiday Hoop Classic consolation bracket Friday.
Loreal Taylor continued her streak of 20-point efforts, and Lathrop snapped its second three-game skid of the early season with Friday's 60-35 throttling of Johansen in the Tracy Breakfast Lions/Tom Hawkins Tournament at co-host Tracy High.
Sierra's shooting woes continued Friday night, but the Timberwolves will gladly take the 27-23 victory over Livingston in the Pitman Holiday Classic in Turlock.
By JOHN-JOEL GRIFFITHS
STOCKTON - The Sierra High Timberwolves and the East Union Lancers both advanced in opening-round action of the inaugural adidas Trojan Christmas Classic on Thursday.
RIPON – Ripon Christian senior Teagan Manus returned to her squad's lineup right on time for the opener of the Lady Knights Basketball Tournament Thursday night.
East Union is getting into an early-season groove, and just in time for its biggest challenge so far.
With leading scorer Sean Broker handcuffed by foul trouble, Ripon Christian had trouble getting untracked for three quarters against Los Banos in Thursday's first-round game in the Oakdale Rotary Classic.
Harleen Pabla is certainly capable of running cross country at the next level.
The Sierra football squad could have certainly benefited from the raw strength and ability senior Isaac Gutierrez possesses.
Surrounded by teammates who made the hours-long drive to cheer her on at the CIF State Championships, a defeated Brooke Riley finally let her guard down.
By JONAMAR JACINTO
Anna Cardenas strived to be No. 1 - on her own team.
Ripon was in a dogfight during the championship game of its own Winter Classic Tournament Saturday night.
Sierra's sophomore captain Kayla Wilson led the way with 13 points during Saturday's preseason contest on the road against Riverbank.
Eric Broker fired 13 points, made all five of his free throws and grabbed nine rebounds to lead Ripon Christian's 51-29 win at Denair on Tuesday.
The awards keep pouring in for Alex Laurel and Billy Sharmoug, the Manteca Bulletin's 2013 All-Area Football Co-MVPs.
Ripon Christian's girls basketball team rolled to its seventh straight win Monday, crushing visiting Denair 71-28.
ESCALON – East Union head coach A.J. Reindel only took seven of his wrestlers to Friday and Saturday's Lloyd C. Engel Tournament at Escalon High, and two of them returned home with championships.
Sierra came oh-so-close to winning at East Union's Dalben Center the last time the intra-city rivals met.
RIPON – After having its 43-game Southern League winning streak snapped on Tuesday night, Ripon Christian's entire starting five played inspired basketball on Friday.
STOCKTON -- The Weston Ranch Cougars came ready to play Friday against Manteca.
This may not be the veteran Sierra team that made the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III finals the last two years, but it is still Sierra.
Dave Asuncion slammed his clipboard to the hardwood violently during the third quarter of Thursday's Valley Oak League showdown at Winter Gym.
East Union High 2011 graduates TJ Gordon and Dominic Borba took similar routes to where they're currently at – taking their talents to NAIA schools and continuing their football careers.
Even in defeat, the East Union girls basketball team learned plenty about itself in Wednesday's Valley Oak League-opening contest with visiting Kimball.
STOCKTON - With a random draw to determine the starting weight in dual wrestling matches, the final bout of the night is not often between the heavyweights.
LATHROP -The Manteca High Buffaloes put behind their preseason woes to roll past the host Spartans on Wednesday, 42-26.
The Sierra girls basketball team went into halftime leading by a comfortable margin during its Valley Oak League opener against visiting Oakdale Wednesday night.
By JAMES BURNS