Ripon High cross country head coach Paul Calkins and assistant Jill McPherson saw something in Jessica Betancourt that she herself did not.
The six-point halftime lead Sierra High carried into the locker room proved to be counterfeit, as the visiting Golden Valley Eagles mounted a ferocious comeback behind the hot hands of a pair of sharp shooters in a 58-42 loss Wednesday.
With the opportunity to seize the Cosumnes Oaks Tourney title in front of Ripon High for the second straight season, the Indians took advantage of this year's opportunity in a 54-45 tournament championship win over Argonaut High Wednesday.
TRACY - Weston Ranch High's boys basketball team bolted out to a 12-0 lead against Johansen of Modesto in a semifinal game of the 22nd Annual Tracy Winter Holiday Classic Wednesday, but the sizzling start wasn't necessarily a good thing.
TRACY – Lathrop High won't have much of wait today at West/Tracy High Winter Holiday Boys' Basketball Classic.
Ricky Morris was a few steps from extending his 2009 season by another 5,000 meters.
Shalane Jackson lassoed 20 rebounds to go with 14 points, but she was on the bench with five foul as East Union High's girls basketball team went into overtime against visiting Grace Davis of Modesto Tuesday.
RIPON - East Union opened the game on a 16-3 run, and the Lancers needed every inch of their head start to hold off a ferocious Ripon High comeback in a 55-51 win Tuesday.
TRACY - The youth and inexperience of rebuilding Linden and fledgling Lathrop were painfully evident in their Tracy Winter Holiday Classic consolation-bracket clash at West High Tuesday.
Ripon High's girls basketball team did not have its prettiest performance of the season, but its effort was good for another victory as Ripon handled Encina High with ease 45-22 Tuesday in a semifinal matchup of the Cosumnes Oaks Classic Elk Grove.
For Stephanie Vanni, winning every match seemed like a prerequisite for her varsity tennis career.
Sierra High's girls basketball team had a chance to get even with Ripon Monday but lost 46-34 in the first round of the Cosumnes Oaks Classic in Elk Grove.
Midway through Monday's non-league contest against visiting Lincoln, the East Union High boys basketball squad went to a zone defense.
TRACY - File this one under the "and it wasn't that close" category.
A final product of greatness is something that cannot be displayed overnight.
Daniel Ruiz made five straight free throws in the final minute, 30 seconds, helping host Golden West edge previously-undefeated Sequoia 48-47 in Tuesday's thrilling Manteca Unified Student Trust small-school boys basketball championship game.
The Manteca girls basketball team's stumble to the finish line ultimately cost it a berth to the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.
LATHROP - Dylan Gross scored 11 of his game-high 13 points in the second half to lead the Woodward Mustangs to a 43-36 win over the Mossdale Jaguars on Tuesday in the Manteca Unified Student Trust Large School Boys Basketball Championship at Mossdale School.
Sierra is the boys Valley Oak League basketball champion for the fourth time in as many years, and as a result of Tuesday's 84-48 thumping of visiting Lathrop the Timberwolves are a perfect 14-0 for the second time in that same stretch.
Four Ripon players were recognized on senior night Tuesday, and they had more reason to celebrate following the Indians' 36-27 triumph over Escalon.
Anand Hundal once again came up short of his first career triple-double in Manteca High's 69-37 shellacking of visiting Oakdale in a regular-season finale Tuesday.
East Union is peaking at just the right time.
RIPON - Rod Wright could sense this loss was coming.
RIPON - Ripon Christian players jumped off their seats on the sideline and joined the five Knights on the court to celebrate their clinching of the Trans-Valley League outright title Friday night.
There will be little drama in the Valley Oak and Trans-Valley leagues tonight when the regular season comes to a close for Manteca area boys and girls basketball teams.
STOCKTON – Chris Teevan plopped down in his office chair, flipping through the scorebook.
Six local wrestlers finished second Saturday in the Valley Oak League wrestling championships at Sierra High school.
It is nice when you control your own destiny.
STOCKTON - The Wolf Pack spilled out of the stands, washing the court in blues, grays and whites.
RIPON - Ripon Christian garnered its fourth league championship in five years Friday night, but no one would blame the Knights for relishing this one a little more than the rest.