Tiare Tu'uga was out with a dislocated shoulder.
When Ripon outwrestled Escalon to start the Trans-Valley league season it was just a step in the right direction. Now that early-season win is the foundation layer to the Indians first undefeated run to the championship since 2003.
The Weston Ranch Cougars finished off a season where they did nearly everything right, one victory short of the Valley Oak League championship. Yet, the Cougars will still advance to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III Team-Duals after closing the VOL season with a pair of wins Wednesday.
It was business as usual for the Manteca High girls varsity basketball squad.
WESTON RANCH - For the better part of three and a half quarters, East Union looked more than on its way to a Valley Oak League upset win over the Weston Ranch Cougars. Over the game's final 2:45 that would change, and the Cougars would do just enough for a 47-43 win Tuesday.
Sierra High's boys basketball team won its first six Valley Oak League games by an average margin of nearly 23 points with Oakdale coming the closest with an eight-point loss.
The roller-coaster relationship of one-third of a highly-touted Weston Ranch trio of juniors is now enrolled at Modesto Christian in Salida and planning on playing hoops for the Crusaders for his senior campaign.
The Lathrop girls basketball team has been able to count on a victory when they meet up with the Oakdale Mustangs, and nothing about that changed Tuesday as the Spartans finished off the Mustangs with a 48-35 Valley Oak League win.
Lathrop High's boys basketball team followed up one statement game with another Tuesday.
RIPON - Ripon High's girls basketball team capped the first half of the Trans-Valley League season Monday with a 62-25 rout of Orestimba.
WESTON RANCH – With just enough hope to keep believing, the Weston Ranch Cougars pressed themselves to within single digits late in the third quarter. The run ushered Sierra into a return-fire scoring frenzy, culminating in a 84-56 Valley Oak League blowout Friday.
East Union countered Manteca's aggression with aggression, and it paid dividends in Friday's Valley Oak League girls basketball showdown between first-place squads.
Old rivalries never die.
Things are starting to click in a major way for the Weston Ranch Cougars.
RIPON - Ripon High was off and running on Wednesday.
Jocelyn Reyes couldn't find the mark on easier opportunities.
It takes more than a rolled ankle to keep Kyndra Kiser down.
Manteca is one step closer to achieving the Buffalo Slam after vanquishing visiting Hiram Johnson 75-46 in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division ...
Manteca High set the tone early on in Tuesday's Sac-Joaquin Section Division III opener.
A 15-minute delay, sloppy field conditions and stretches of torrential rain did little to slow down East Union in its Sac-Joaquin Section Division III opener ...
LATHROP - Lathrop made it a point to defend its home court Tuesday.
There was more than rain falling from the sky Tuesday night as No. 8 Sierra hit Union Mine of El Dorado with 20 shots on ...
FOLSOM – It was a tough day Saturday for local wrestlers Saturday in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III championships as Vista del Lago High.
Six of the seven Sac-Joaquin Section postseason qualifiers from the area will get to enjoy home-field advantage in the opening round next week.
NEWMAN - Ripon could not overcome Payton Church and 16th-seeded Orestimba in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV play-in game Friday, but the young Indians gained valuable ...
STOCKTON – Alexa Garcia is a freshman with no fear, and now she is two matches away from a trip to the California Girls Wrestling Championships.
Sometimes, a miss can lead to a good thing – maybe even a dream coming true.
There isn't an easy path to the finals for the three league titlists from the Manteca area.
Syd'Nee Fryer made visits to a handful of NCAA Division I schools, but she found a home in Southern Oregon.