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.
With the absence of senior guard Jessica Hasal on Friday night, Manteca's junior tandem of Chelsea Gomez and Fechi Nkwocha stepped up significantly at Winter Gym.
Allie Walljasper made it official with LSU during her signing day party at Sierra High Friday afternoon.
RIPON - Two wins, two different reactions.
By JONAMAR JACINTO
Sierra was outscored 20-1 in the second quarter of its nonleague contest at Franklin of Stockton on Thursday.
Sierra turned the ball over on its first two possessions of the second overtime Wednesday night, and Tokay's T.J. Gotelli scored six consecutive points to help the visiting Tigers pull out a wild 66-63 double-overtime victory.
LATHROP - Lathrop High's girls basketball team deserved a little break in what has been a rigged a pre-league schedule so far.
Ripon High's wrestling team earned its first dual victory of the season Wednesday, outlasting visiting Denair, 48-36.
RIPON - As the saying goes, "It's better to be lucky than to be good."
Kayla Wilson drained a pair of free throws with eight seconds left in the fourth quarter, and that proved to be the difference in a 41-39 win for host Sierra over previously undefeated Ripon on Tuesday in non-league girls basketball action.
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.
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.