RIPON - Ripon Christian's girls basketball team may have lost do-it-all forward Kelsey Tillema to graduation, but the Knights have gained depth.
When the weather changes and the wrestling rooms become packed, high school grapplers are honing their skills in hopes of stretching their seasons into the always climactic Sac-Joaquin Section second-season. For a few area wrestlers, finishing the season with a trip to State is their sole purpose on the mat this year.
Sierra High's boys basketball team struggled to convert shots taken inside the 3-point arc Tuesday against visiting Ripon.
By the time the Manteca High girls basketball team's offensive exploits caught up to those of their defense, there was nothing Patterson High could do to stop the onslaught, mustering just four first-half points on their way to a 50-16 loss Tuesday.
WESTON RANCH - In a much anticipated battle of the area young guns, the Weston Ranch High boys varsity basketball squad was blown away on its home court by McNair Tuesday, 72-52.
Lathrop High's first-ever varsity boys basketball victory didn't come as easily as head coach J.J. Ramirez had hoped Tuesday.
In a game played at a high-tempo, and sometimes wildly out-of-control, pace Monday, it took a deep breath and poise at the free-throw line to finally decide it.
Ripon High's girls basketball team posted its third straight victory decided by at least 20 points, and fourth overall, with a 62-21 pummeling of first-year varsity Kimball at home Monday.
The East Union and Ripon High girls' basketball teams will battle for more than just a non-league victory when they square off for the fifth straight year next Saturday at Dalben Center.
STOCKTON – Weston Ranch finished the day 3-2 Saturday and brought home the Division 3 first-place trophy in its own Cougar Duals.
The Ripon Christian girls basketball team had one focus when they came into the Lady Huskies Tournament title game Saturday, and the squad was able to accomplish that task with a 51-47 win over host Hughson for the preseason tournament title.
The Ripon High basketball team found itself up against one of the storied Bay Area high school basketball programs, but the Indians were up for the challenge in a 40-37 win over Skyline High Saturday in the consolation final of the Granada Tournament.
With time running out the East Union sophomore Lancers were able to hoist one last shot up at the buzzer, but the miracle didn't happen in the Lancers' 35-32 December Madness Tournament Championship on Saturday.
Sierra High opened the fourth quarter clinching a one-point lead, but by the time Eddie Andrade was finished the Timberwolves had their first home victory intact, riding Andrade's three fourth quarter 3-pointers to a 57-49 victory.
Weston Ranch High's boys basketball team whipped the defending Sac-Joaquin Section Division V champion, Victory Christian of Carmichael, 75-54 Friday in the semifinal round of the Bradshaw Christian Holiday Jamboree in Sacramento.
Olivia Vezaldenos broke out of a recent scoring slump Friday and led East Union to a 46-38 win over visiting Lathrop at Dalben Center.
LATHROP - It came down to the final two matches of the night in the Valley Oak League wrestling tilt between East Union and Lathrop, and the host Spartans got two pins and a 45-33 victory Thursday.
Marcus Montano and the Manteca boys basketball team couldn't make a shot in the first quarter.
Sierra can now center its focus on the big games to come after steamrolling Kimball 59-38 on Thursday.
Ripon coach George Contente tested his team with a rugged schedule in the first month of the season, and it paid off in the Indians' Trans-Valley League opener Thursday.
STOCKTON - Fred Lavender and the Weston Ranch Cougars proved to be tough match up Lathrop.
Jessica Pablo missed East Union's final six pre-league contests after rolling an ankle in a game at Sonora.
Ripon shot 9 for 25 on free throws and missed 10 of 12 attempts down the stretch in a heartbreaking 66-65 loss at Livingston on Wednesday.
LATHROP - The Brijanee Moore Era ended just as it was getting started for Weston Ranch.
Typically, coaches will use wind sprints as a way to grab their team's attention.
LATHROP - In a showcase of underclassmen on the rise, win-starved Lathrop went to a third-year senior in the closing seconds of its Valley Oak League contest with East Union on Tuesday.
Defense led to a balanced scoring effort for Weston Ranch's ill-stricken boys basketball team, which limited host Oakdale to single-digit scoring in every quarter and routed host Oakdale, 68-23.
Anand Hundal celebrated his 16th birthday in a big way.
Manteca High boys basketball coach Brett Lewis said there has been little interest from college coaches when it comes to Anand Hundal, a blossoming 6-foot-8 center whose game has grown leaps and bounds in the past year.
Ripon Christian rolls into Trans-Valley League with some positive momentum after its come-from-behind win at Atwater on Monday.