People filled the stands in droves anxiously expecting another epic battle between the Manteca and Sierra High basketball squads, and neither squad disappointed during the Buffaloes' 64-48 Valley Oak League win over the host Timberwolves.
His grand return to the hardwood was anything but.
STOCKTON – There wasn't any one particular start that helped Weston Ranch in their 60-28 thrashing of the Lathrop Spartans Friday night.
The East Union wrestling team knew this would be the final time for its seniors to shine in their home gym, giving the Lancers all the reason to put on the performance they did with a 61-15 win over Manteca and a 44-34 win over Sierra for city-wide bragging rights.
LATHROP – The Weston Ranch Cougars did not kick off their match with the Ceres Bulldogs in the manner in which they would have liked and it cost them dearly in a 35-30 Valley Oak League loss Wednesday.
Led by the 13 point performances of Zerrion Payton and Sean Visperes, the Weston Ranch Cougars were easily able to down the visiting Lathrop Spartans at home.
Stephanie Vanni and the rest of the Sierra girls basketball team made it a point to bottle up Manteca's top scoring threat, Sharon Washington, in Tuesday's pivotal Valley Oak League contest.
RIPON – When the Hughson Huskies cut the Ripon High lead to two with 5:15 remaining in both schools' Trans Valley League opener, it looked as if Ripon could be on their way to defeat. But that scenario would not play out on Tuesday, as the Indians executed to perfection down the stretch to pull away with a 55-43 win.
LATHROP - Everything appeared to be going well for the first-year varsity Lathrop Spartans Tuesday night as they battled intra-district rival Weston Ranch.
RIVERBANK – Ripon Christian got the performance coach Ron Vander Molen was looking for in its Trans Valley League opener, taking care of the Riverbank Bruins with ease 64-53 Tuesday.
CERES - Jim Agostini's experimentation of different defensive looks didn't last long in the East Union girls basketball team's 58-38 victory over Central Valley Tuesday.
It was all Buffaloes from the start and nothing changed during Manteca's blowout victory over Sierra in sophomore girls basketball action Tuesday.
Weston Ranch High's basketball teams have made it tougher for the defending Valley Oak League champions to, well, defend their championships.
Modesto Christian has reigned over the rest of the six-team Trans Valley League with little threat since joining the Division IV conference in 2006-07.
ESCALON – After two days of action and enough matches to last a season, East Union High's Stevyn Teeple finished the 23rd Annual Lloyd Engel Wrestling Tournament with the 135-pound title Saturday at Escalon High.
RIPON – Despite senior guard Chase DePrue leading Ripon with 10 points during Friday night's 74-27 loss against powerhouse Modesto Christian, it was fellow senior Derek Hickman who had the highlight of the night in front of the Indians' home crowd.
Weston Ranch is all alone at the top of the Valley Oak League standings after a lopsided 67-30 victory on the road against Oakdale Friday night.
The Sierra-Weston Ranch boys basketball rivalry has reached the college ranks.
LATHROP - Trailing Lathrop by a point and with no timeouts left, Weston Ranch head coach Chris Teevan put all his chips on baby-faced Jaelen Ragsdale.
Sierra didn't play its best half of basketball during Thursday's Valley Oak League matchup against visiting Kimball of Tracy.
East Union put itself in a solid position to steal a Valley Oak League victory on the road against struggling Oakdale Thursday night.
The Ripon Christian basketball squad kept it in cruise control during Thursday's Southern League matchup on the road against Le Grand.
Sierra wrestling coach Alex Nuanez had a heart-to-heart chat with fourth-year senior Jonah Treltas before the Timberwolves' pivotal Valley Oak League match with visiting Kimball on Wednesday.
Manteca junior Chelsea Gomez was all over the hardwood Wednesday night.
Selena Valenzuela and Brendon Curtright pulled out dramatic wins via fall to help Weston Ranch edge Sonora 37-36 in a double dual hosted at East Union on Wednesday. The Cougars also dispatched East Union 66-18 to improve to 2-1 in the Valley Oak League.
Oakdale's Anna Perrone and Madison Hackbarth came up clutch for the Mustangs during Wednesday night's Valley Oak League matchup against East Union.
STOCKTON - Weston Ranch's Rauline Martinez hit a 3-pointer to start the game Wednesday against visiting Lathrop, and the Cougars never looked back in a 69-37 Valley Oak League win.
A spot-up shooter with a spot of blood on his cheek gave East Union a victory it desperately needed.
TRACY - Manteca made 14 of 15 free throws in the fourth quarter and missed just one on the night, scoring 16 points in the final three minutes of the game to regain the lead and defeat host Kimball 59-51 in Valley Oak League boys basketball action.
RIPON - There were times Tuesday night when Ripon showed it could compete with once-beaten Riverbank.