Every practice ended the same.
Roberto Alvarez's soccer career began, and nearly ended, with the Manteca Area Soccer League.
The Liberty Ranch boys basketball team trailed by 17 points in the first quarter, had its best player foul out late in the fourth and missed its final six-free throw attempts at Manteca High's Winter Gym on Monday.
SALIDA – The Weston Ranch boys basketball team won't bully its opponents with its size or bulk or even its varsity experience.
East Union bolted out to a big lead Monday, mustered just one point in the third quarter and came from behind to defeat Gregori 36-33 for fifth place in the Tracy Breakfast Lions/Tom Hawkins Tournament at Tracy High's Swenson Gym.
East Union freshman Loretta Kakala finished with 21 points and 14 rebounds during Saturday's 59-33 consolation bracket victory over West during the Tracy Breakfast Lions/Tom Hawkins Tournament.
Born into a volleyball family, the sport was destined to take Andie Shelton places.
Weston Ranch head coach Chris Teevan got a shot at redemption Saturday morning.
Sierra's 6-4 junior Hunter Johnson finished with 20 points (three 3s) and seven rebounds during Saturday's third-place game of the Adidas Trojan Classic at Lincoln High and was named to the All-Tournament team.
Ripon Christian's senior point guard Teagan Manus recorded 25 points and carried the Knights to their own tournament title on Saturday after knocking off Hughson 45-40.
STOCKTON – The East Union Lancers will play in today's 7 p.m. championship game of the adidas Trojan Classic at Lincoln High.
SALIDA – Weston Ranch played sloppily during the first quarter of the opening round of the Modesto Christian Holiday Hoop Classic consolation bracket Friday.
Loreal Taylor continued her streak of 20-point efforts, and Lathrop snapped its second three-game skid of the early season with Friday's 60-35 throttling of Johansen in the Tracy Breakfast Lions/Tom Hawkins Tournament at co-host Tracy High.
Sierra's shooting woes continued Friday night, but the Timberwolves will gladly take the 27-23 victory over Livingston in the Pitman Holiday Classic in Turlock.
By JOHN-JOEL GRIFFITHS
There were moments of brilliance and keep-away possession – the hallmarks of the Sierra girls soccer program.
RIPON – Ripon Christian sophomore Travis Zuidervaart had the Indians' lineup baffled Thursday.
Scheduling conflicts and other factors forced Manteca High girls soccer coach Justin Coenenberg to shrink the Buffalo Cup tournament field back down to eight.
The East Union boys tennis team showed little rust in its first Valley Oak League match of the season Thursday, downing visiting Oakdale, 7-2.
East Union's rebuilding boys golf team suffered a heartbreaking loss at Oakdale Golf & Country Club on Thursday, falling to host Oakdale High, 250-251.
East Union had one run taken away and gift wrapped another for Tracy in a 2-1 eight-inning loss at Agostini Field on Wednesday.
GALT - In the end, the Capital Christian press was just too much to handle as the Cougars started on an 8-0 run and never trailed in a 56-38 win over Ripon Christian in the semifinals of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V girls basketball championships at Galt High's Warrior Gymnasium.
Matt Rose led five Sierra players who produced sub-50 scores in a 217-317 win over visiting Weston Ranch on Wednesday.
By JONAMAR JACINTO
By JAMES BURNS
Weston Ranch put together a solid all-around effort in its season-opener at Stagg on Wednesday, winning decisively, 8-1.
Neil MacDannald is perfect so far in his return to the dugout as Manteca High's head baseball coach, though things didn't always go perfectly in the Buffaloes' season opener against visiting Beyer on Tuesday.
Manteca High's boys tennis team is looking to reclaim the throne in the Valley Oak League.
Sierra bounced back from its season-opening loss with its commanding 12-1 five-inning victory at Johansen (Modesto) on Tuesday. The Timberwolves were coming off Monday's 9-2 road defeat to Turlock.
Sierra Downum had a foot in both of Lathrop's goals in a 2-0 shutout at Pacheco of Los Banos on Tuesday.