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.
Ripon had two golfers finish in the top 10 in Monday's Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Tournament held at Micke Grove Golf Links, but both played their final round of the season.
It all comes down to Wednesday's winner-take-all Valley Oak League finale between cross-town foes Manteca and East Union.
Sealy McAdams and Elizabeth Tolbert's last two matches in Thursday's Valley Oak League Doubles Tournament held at East Union had entirely different endings.
Alyssa Burch hosted another block party at Manteca High's Winter Gym on Thursday.
Orestimba scored the first and final goals, but Ripon Christian did more than enough damage in between to leave Newman with a 5-2 victory and at least a share of the Southern League championship.
Injury-hampered Ripon gave up two second-half goals by Ulises Ramirez on set pieces and are now in danger of not repeating as league champions no thanks to Thursday's 2-0 loss at Escalon.
Gerardo Romero scored two goals and assisted another in East Union's 4-1 triumph at Sierra on Wednesday.
Weston Ranch's coronation looked as if it was going to be delayed.
Manteca had two game-point opportunities in an attempt to force a fifth set against visiting Weston Ranch but came up short in a 20-25, 25-27, 25-16, 30-32 defeat Wednesday.
East Union won the Valley Oak League title and Brooke Riley is the MVP.
Tuesday's Trans-Valley League rematch against Ripon was sure to have been circled on Riverbank's calendar.
TRACY - The road to the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs just got a little longer for the East Union volleyball team.
Kevin Bolding summed up Manteca's trip to Oakdale as a "tough night."
Sierra just missed out on having another finalist in the Valley Oak League Singles Tournament.
RIPON -Hilmar had the look of a team that had been there, done that in tight situations.