The Sierra High sophomore girls basketball team had a chance to claim at least a share of the Valley Oak League crown - and all but wrap up the title outright - with a win at East Union Thursday night.
Don't look now, but the East Union Lancers are putting together a nice little run.
One is a seasoned vet who has already wrestled at the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament and is hoping to make it to state as a senior.
Sierra beating Oakdale wasn't much of a shocker.
SONORA - Weston Ranch's attempt at garnering its second straight Valley Oak League championship is beginning to fade after its 55-53 loss to Sonora Wednesday.
Teejay Gordon scored 16 points as the East Union sophomore basketball team raced away from Central Valley in a 56-40 win.
ELK GROVE – Weston Ranch travelled north to Rosemont High Saturday afternoon for the Sac-Joaquin Section Team Duals Tournament and was turned away after one match, falling to Placer, 39-19.
STOCKTON – Ripon High freshman Julianna Triplett made history Saturday afternoon, becoming the first 165-pound girls wrestler ever to capture a Sac-Joaquin Section championship.
LATHROP – Erica Sanchez netted 16 points and Jasmine Elder added 12 Saturday at Lathrop High, but it wouldn't be enough, as the Manteca sophomore girls basketball team feasted in the paint and pulled out a 55-41 win.
Manteca sophomore Kiwi Gardner was already red hot, but he passed up a wide-open 3-pointer to let an ice-cold teammate attempt the biggest shot of the game.
WESTON RANCH – The last time the Weston Ranch Cougars took on East Union, they breezed their way to a victory with a commanding 20-point margin, 60-40.
RIVERBANK - Daniel Van De Pol scored 16 of his game-high 18 in the second half Friday night as Ripon Christian upended Riverbank for the second time this season, 55-50.
WESTON RANCH – TeeJay Gordon led the way to victory for the East Union sophomore boys basketball team Friday night, 45-36, at Weston Ranch.
Coming off just their second loss of the season, a loss reminiscent to one suffered at the hands of Weston Ranch the first time around, there was very little that could stand in the way of Rachel McDaniel, Ashley Rose and the rest of the East Union Lancers Thursday night at the Dalben Center.
RIPON – When the Ripon Indians fell to the Hughson Huskies in their first matchup on Jan. 20, they did so without starting senior and floor general Jessica Blythe who was out with a back injury.
East Union High 2011 graduates TJ Gordon and Dominic Borba took similar routes to where they're currently at – taking their talents to NAIA schools and continuing their football careers.
Even in defeat, the East Union girls basketball team learned plenty about itself in Wednesday's Valley Oak League-opening contest with visiting Kimball.
STOCKTON - With a random draw to determine the starting weight in dual wrestling matches, the final bout of the night is not often between the heavyweights.
LATHROP -The Manteca High Buffaloes put behind their preseason woes to roll past the host Spartans on Wednesday, 42-26.
The Sierra girls basketball team went into halftime leading by a comfortable margin during its Valley Oak League opener against visiting Oakdale Wednesday night.
By JAMES BURNS
By JONAMAR JACINTO
STOCKTON - Despite trailing in the third quarter and a 27-point effort from the Weston Ranch's Jaelen Ragsdale, visiting Sonora scored 30 points in the fourth to come back and win the Valley Oak League opener 68-62 on Tuesday night.
Lathrop has qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section boys basketball playoffs just once (2012) in four years, while Kimball is oh-fer going into its fourth varsity season.
The rebuilding of East Union's girls basketball team already appears to be over.
Ripon Christian was able to slow down Mariposa's top player.