To overcome their size deficiencies, East Union and Manteca High's girls basketball teams worked on picking up the pace over their non-league schedules.
Modesto Christian and Turlock Christian aren't sporting winning records, but don't be fooled.
Ripon Christian's exodus from the Trans Valley League came at a good time, but that doesn't mean the Knights will have it easy in the Southern League where traditional power Mariposa and the Sac-Joaquin Section's leading scorer, Turlock Christian's Brandon Rogers, await.
Milestones were reached.
TRACY - A valuable lesson was learned by Manteca High's girls basketball team Thursday in the championship round of the Tom Hawkins/Tracy Breakfast Lions Tournament at Tracy High.
East Union's girls basketball team is ready for the Valley Oak League season to come.
The Sierra High girls varsity basketball squad closed out non-league play Thursday with a 38-26 win over visiting Ceres.
If offense wins games, Sierra High proved Thursday afternoon that defense can win championships.
Despite getting off to a sluggish start, Ripon High erupted Thursday morning to handily down Ribet Academy of Los Angeles 62-44 in the 13th place game of the Modesto Christian Holiday Hoops Classic.
Ripon showed its moxie Thursday morning by dealing Sierra of Fresno a 39-35 loss in a hard-fought and aggressive matchup for 11th place in the sapphire bracket of the West Coast Jamboree at Brentwood's Heritage High.
LATHROP – The Spartans closed out the preseason Wednesday with a 68-44 loss to visiting Chavez High.
BRENTWOOD - George Contente looked skyward with fingers crossed behind his neck - body language for "Go figure."
TRACY - Bad news first: Lathrop High's girls basketball team dropped its seventh straight game Wednesday, losing 41-30 to Patterson in Day 3 of the Tom Hawkins/Tracy Breakfast Lions Tournament at West High.
The Timberwolves will play Enochs today for the championship of the Robert Dominik Fuchs Memorial Holiday Classic.
The Vos brothers surely left their mark in Ripon Christian's 57-47 boys basketball victory over Patterson Wednesday in the Oakdale Tournament.
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.