WESTON RANCH - The Manteca High boys varsity basketball team favors slowing down the game.
Ripon High's boys basketball team continued its steady improvement Friday, soundly defeating Division-I Downey 63-43 in Modesto.
STOCKTON - The 4th Annual Big Valley Classic Wrestling Tournament saw 75 wrestling programs show up looking to seize an opportunity for a strong showing in a challenging tournament, and for a handful of area wrestlers that opportunity is close to becoming reality.
Things weren't looking good for East Union during the third quarter of its contest against intracity rival Sierra Thursday night.
Trailing by as much as 19 points in the second half, Weston Ranch's girls basketball team managed to remain a threat in the fourth quarter before falling 63-53 to Manteca High Thursday at Winter Gym.
Kelli Keefe accounted for 11 of Sonora High's 17 fourth-quarter points, helping the Wildcats race past host Lathrop 53-34 in a Valley Oak League contest Thursday.
Tim Baker saved his best for last.
Sierra High varsity wrestler Alex Patton was visibly disappointed after his taxing match with Bobby Guillory.
Sierra High boys varsity basketball coach Scott Thomason knows his squad's style of play.
With one of its top players sidelined for missing practice, East Union High's boys basketball team was nearly burned by one of its former lower-level players.
RIPON - The fact that Ripon High's boys basketball was in the double-bonus before halftime is a pretty good sign that the Indians were aggressive on the court.
East Union High's girls basketball team began its defense of the Valley Oak League championship Tuesday with a 73-23 rout of visiting Lathrop at Dalben Center.
RIPON – The Knights made a splash in their return to the Southern League Tuesday, defeating Mariposa, 62-40.
RIPON - Ripon Christian's girls basketball team wanted to make a statement, but first-year head coach Ed Mulder didn't expect the Knights to pummel visiting Mariposa in such resounding fashion, 62-19.
Weston Ranch High staked its claim as one of the Valley Oak League's boys basketball powers in 2006, the school's first year with a senior class.
While it's still early in the Valley Oak League race, the Sierra High Timberwolves share the top spot with Oakdale.
A fifth straight Trans-Valley League title may now be out of reach for Ripon High's boys golf team, but coach Chris Musseman has his players' focused train on an even larger prize.
This was supposed to be the year.
Manteca High's boys tennis team secured sole possession of the Valley Oak League crown in its regular-season finale on Tuesday, but 10th-year head coach Frank Fontana and the Buffaloes aren't satisfied yet.
RIPON - Mistakes proved costly for Ripon High during a big Trans-Valley League showdown against first-place Hughson on Tuesday.
Lindsey Walljasper and the Sierra High softball team are playing as well as they've played all season, and their timing couldn't be any better.
Chris Musseman expects better play out of his Ripon High boys golf team the next two days.
East Union swim coach Natalie Heihn won't judge Lathrop by Tuesday's final scores.
Hughson has rarely been a kind host to Ripon's girls soccer team in recent years.
Tristan Smith has his return to Bakersfield all mapped out, with push-pins marking all of wrestling's usual stops: league and divisional championships, Masters and lastly, state.
After an early free-kick goal, the high-octane East Union offense could not manage another goal until the game's last minute but Sierra did not take advantage of multiple scoring opportunities and lost to the visiting Lancers 2-0 Monday in Valley Oak League soccer action at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
Scoring goals hadn't been an issue for Manteca High's girls soccer team all season.
TRACY – Entering the game in the bottom of the last inning with the tying run at the plate, two runners on and no outs would be pressure-filled for the most seasoned of pitchers – just do not tell that to East Union sophomore Delaney Pamplin.
At 5-foot-1 11, 285 pounds, Steven Martinez is a big guy who can run.
It is tough enough to beat the East Union soccer team without giving the Lancers a goal to start the game.