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.
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.
STOCKTON - The Sierra High put together a total team effort to claim the Adidas Trojan Christmas Classic Tuesday at Lincoln High.
Ripon Christian defended its own court and tournament title with, well, hard-nosed defense.
TRACY - For a quarter-plus in Tuesday's Tracy Breakfast Lions/Tom Hawkins Tournament consolation-bracket final, Manteca showed how much it has improved since its season opener a little more than three weeks ago.
One awkward finish on Monday led to another on Tuesday at the Modesto Christian Holiday Hoops Classic.
Weston Ranch busted out of the halftime break with a 6-0 spurt and didn't look back in a 64-46 win over International in the West Coast Jamboree Coral Division consolation championship at Antioch's Deer Valley High School.
STOCKTON - Joshua Patton stood head and shoulders above the competition on Monday.
SALIDA - As far as measuring sticks go, the Chavez boys basketball team gave Weston Ranch very little to work with.
Mahir Pepic may never know just how good he can be.
RIPON – Head coach Ed Mulder doesn't have the luxury of a Teagan Manus to steady and steer the Ripon Christian girls basketball team.
Ron Vander Molen expects the road to get rougher in the coming week, but for now he and the Ripon Christian boys basketball team are enjoying the ride.
East Union bounced back from its first loss of the season and will play for fifth place in the Tracy Breakfast Lions/Tom Hawkins Tournament today.
Ripon didn't have to wait long to exact revenge against Sierra, though both teams had to travel farther for the rematch.
Hunter Johnson led Sierra to a 59-37 quarterfinal win over Edison-Stockton to open the Adidas Trojan Christmas Classic boys basketball tournament Saturday at Lincoln High in Stockton.
For most of her first two years running for the Weston Ranch cross country team, sophomore Iris Carillo was chasing more seasoned and accomplished harriers from Manteca.
Tournament co-host Tracy managed two more points in the fourth quarter than East Union did and that was enough as the Bulldogs pulled out a 50-49 quarterfinal victory in the Tom Hawkins Girls Basketball Tournament on Saturday in front of a raucous crowd at Swenson Gym.