CERES – Sierra High trailed the Ceres Bulldogs by four heading into the intermission, but a blistering hot third quarter provided the Timberwolves with all the separation they would need in their 59-53 win over the host Bulldogs.
Manteca High's defending Valley Oak League champion boys basketball team began its title defense against visiting Oakdale Tuesday and had little trouble in dispatching the overmatched Mustangs, 55-42.
If there was a perfect way for the three-time defending Valley Oak League champions to tip off their regular season, the Ceres Bulldogs would likely say they witnessed that performance in the East Union Lancers' 52-29 win.
RIPON - Despite holding a five-point lead at halftime, Ripon High watched its lead over Linden dwindle down to a single point midway through the third quarter.
It was not the Sierra Timberwolves' best effort, but it was good enough to push them to a 1-0 mark in Valley Oak League play with a 47-36 home win over the Sonora Wildcats.
OAKDALE - The Manteca Buffaloes held a slim 24-17 halftime lead and never relinquished it during a 45-34 Valley Oak League opening win over the Oakdale Mustangs Tuesday.
Joseph Berry led three scorers in double figures with 14 points, and the Sierra High sophomore boys basketball team repelled the relentless Sonora Wildcats for a 48-47 home win to open the Valley Oak League season.
Manteca High junior Kiwi Gardner could miss a handful of games or forfeit the rest of his athletic eligibility depending on Sac-Joaquin Section sanctions. He will likely not play in tonight's Valley Oak League opener with visiting Oakdale.
Manteca High's boys basketball team opens Valley Oak League play tonight against visiting Oakdale with a pedestrian 7-4 preseason mark, but do not be deceived into believing the Buffaloes are an average squad.
Entering a season with at least a portion of the past three Valley Oak League championships, and four of the past five, would usually make the defending champs the odds-on-favorite to close the season with another one. But the dominance the East Union Lancers have held over their VOL counterparts will hold little merit as the league season gets underway Tuesday for the nine VOL girls basketball programs.
The perception around these parts is that Manteca rules the high school football scene, Sierra reigns in soccer and the softball crown rests on the heads of the Lancers of East Union.
History was made. Dreams were realized. Others were crushed.
WALNUT CREEK - Sierra High's wrestling team brought just 11 athletes to the Bill Martell Tournament Wednesday, but that was enough for it to leave its mark in its final tune-up for the Valley Oak League season.
The 5th Annual Lady Lancer Tournament at East Union High Wednesday lasted just 4 ½ hours.
RIVERBANK – The Lathrop boys basketball team began the night a man down.
Lathrop High showed well in many ways Friday night when its boys basketball team was eliminated from the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs.
STOCKTON – Lucas Widmer's prep career came to a conclusion against an all-too familiar foe during the third round of the consolation bracket of the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament Friday night.
Ripon Christian was able to overcome a poor start but couldn't fly with the Falcons of Forest Lake Christian for the duration in a Sac-Joaquin Section Division V boys basketball quarterfinal Friday in Auburn.
Alyssa Cantu and Jasmine Ivey are in line to capture their second medals in the CIF State Girls Wrestling Championships.
RIPON – Lillie Olson was a significant reason Sacramento Waldorf made it to the quarterfinals of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Tournament Thursday night.
East Union's six-game winning streak came to a halt Thursday night when the Lancers got acquainted with top-seeded Vanden-Fairfield during the quarterfinals of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III Girls Basketball Tournament.
PATTERSON - For 3 ½ quarters, No. 6 Weston Ranch matched third-seeded Patterson stride for stride in a heated footrace for a spot in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III semifinals Thursday.
No stranger to postseason success, Ripon Christian is a win away from advancing to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V semifinals for a fifth consecutive season while clinching another berth to the CIF State Regional Championships.
LATHROP - Lathrop High head coach Nathan McGrath could sense it from the Spartan Nation cheering section moments before Wednesday's Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoff opener against 11th-seeded Mariposa.
The knot on his tie had been pulled loose. The top button of his shirt unclipped.
SACRAMENTO – Austin Haro's hot hand and six treys weren't enough for Manteca during the opening round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs Wednesday night.
RIPON - After leading by just seven points at halftime Thursday, No. 5 Ripon Christian repeatedly drove to the basket and put up 29 third-quarter points on its way to a convincing 64-38 victory over 12th-seeded Buckingham Charter-Vacaville in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V boys basketball playoffs.
Ripon High's 15th-seeded boys basketball team went down playing up to the competition Wednesday when the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs tipped off.
By DAVE CAMPBELL