STOCKTON - Ryan Mackey has made it look easy, but he'll be the first to admit it hasn't been.
RIPON - Daniel Van De Pol picked the perfect time to break out of a slump.
It didn't take Ashley Rose very long to find her effective range.
ESCALON - The only thing that could slow Manteca High down was a running clock.
ESCALON - Fresh off winning its own Block M Tournament, the Manteca High sophomore boys basketball team ended its non-league schedule with a resounding 71-50 victory over host Escalon.
COSUMNES OAKS - The Weston Ranch High sophomore boys basketball team claimed third place Saturday at the Cosumnes Oaks Tournament with a 62-55 win over Laguna.
CARMICHAEL - Ripon Christian took third place overall Saturday at the Victory Christian Tournament with a 61-44 win over Highlands.
TRACY - Although Manteca could have very easily participated in the championship game of the Tracy Winter Holiday Classic Saturday evening, the Buffaloes faced a stiff test in Livingston in the fifth-place game, nonetheless.
It was season of many firsts for the Sierra High football team.
RIPON - Briona Fontenot and Katrina Camara both had big night's for the East Union sophomore girls basketball team Friday night in a 49-33 win over Ripon.
TRACY – It didn't take long for Manteca High to show the Buhach Colony Thunder who rules the hardwood.
Sierra High head coach Scott Thomason was sporting an ear-to-ear grin following the T'Wolves' home tilt against Beyer Friday night, and for good reason.
RIPON - East Union High had one streak ended, but the one that matters is still alive.
5. Ripon serves up history
Manteca freshman girls basketball coach Kym Gause had the unique opportunity to coach a pair of games Thursday night as Mary Ann Tolbert was unable to make it to the sophomore contest, and Gause filled in well, leading the sophomore Buffs to a 55-30 win over Lathrop.
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