WESTON RANCH - Sierra High's sophomore boys basketball team did well to take a 17-16 lead into halftime after scoring just two points in the opening quarter but ultimately fell to Weston Ranch 41-37 in Valley Oak League action Friday.
It wasn't senior night Thursday at the Dalben Center, but it may as well have been as Rachel McDaniel, Ashley Rose and Alyssa Wegner were lights out for the Lancers in a 66-40 win over Manteca.
The accolades keep on coming for area standouts Nick Gardner and Michael Turner, as they joined two others from the Valley Oak League on the ESPN RISE/CalHiSports.com all-state medium schools second team.
RIVERBANK – Ripon picked up its first Trans Valley League win in impressive style Thursday night, holding Riverbank to just one point in the first and five through the first half on its way to a 50-18 win.
The first round of Weston Ranch High's "Tour of Manteca" is over, but coach Chris Bauer is hoping that his Cougars' recent stretch of solid play isn't.
The Manteca High sophomore girls basketball team came to play Thursday evening at the Dalben Center, but after a slow first half, the Squires kicked it into gear and ran away with a 62-44 win.
So how does Manteca High sophomore Kiwi Gardner follow up Friday's career-best 36-point performance against Sierra?
A number of intriguing story lines came out of the Valley Oak League tri-meet between Manteca, East Union and Sierra at Sierra High Wednesday afternoon, including the continued ascension of Lancer 119-pounder Marco Castaneda, who came off his first tournament championship Saturday to take down two of the best wrestlers the VOL has to offer.
With senior center Tyler Willis done for the season after he tore an ACL Friday against Manteca, Sierra High was looking for a few players to step up and fill the large void left by the Timberwolves' second leading scorer Wednesday night at the Dalben Center.
Ryan Culpepper beat the buzzer, and his Manteca Buffaloes' sophomore boys basketball team beat upset-minded Weston Ranch as a result.
RIPON - With Ripon High returning all of its key components and Modesto Christian playing in another basketball universe, Tuesday night's Trans Valley League matchup between Ripon Christian and Riverbank projected to be a pivotal league contest in terms of league and postseason positioning.
Jim Agostini didn't want it to be about him. It is that selflessness that made his father, Augie, one of the most revered figures at East Union High. The elder Agostini passed away Sunday at the age of 85, and his son's Lancers honored his memory with a 57-33 victory at Sierra Tuesday. Ashley Rose led the way with 26 points, four assists and four steals. "The team and the coaching staff have been wonderful ...
WESTON RANCH - After snapping East Union's big streak, Weston Ranch is hoping to start its own.
RIPON - Ripon High dropped to 2-2 in Trans Valley League play with a 48-30 loss to Waterford Tuesday night.
RIPON - One up. One down. Ripon High's bid to repeat as Trans Valley League runner-up started smoothly, and then some, Tuesday night in a 72-27 pasting of Hughson at home. Efren Sifuentes hit four 3-pointers and scored 11 of his game-high 14 during a 25-8 Ripon second-quarter run. Matt Ratto chipped in 11 and Ryan Baker had nine as the Indians led 20-9 after one and held a 40-point lead with nearly six minutes ...
STOCKTON – Only one team stands between the Weston Ranch boys soccer team and the school's first-ever Sac-Joaquin Section championship.
Harleen Pabla continues to surprise herself.
Andie Shelton is one of the best talents to ever come out of the area. After being named an All-American last week, Ripon Christian's senior setter reached another milestone Thursday afternoon and signed her National Letter of Intent. She chose to continue her career at the University of Pacific next year and passed up on multiple other offers.
By JONAMAR JACINTO
The dream is to get drafted high by a major league team next June.
STOCKTON - Esteban Paramo stepped to the penalty stripe with a plan of action, each step carefully thought out.
GALT - Ripon's eventful 2013 campaign ended rather uneventfully at Galt High's Erv Hatzenbuhler Field on Wednesday.
YUBA CITY – Ripon Christian goalie Lukas Vermeulen had four opportunities to propel his squad into the Sac-Joaquin Section Division VII title game Wednesday evening.
RIPON - Except for two five-game thrillers with Turlock Christian, Ripon Christian was hardly tested in running the table for a fourth straight year in the Southern League.
Ripon High's volleyball team couldn't tame the Tigers twice.
The Weston Ranch, Ripon and Ripon Christian boys soccer teams enjoyed home-field advantage last Thursday when they opened the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.
A last-ditch effort to extend its season came up short for the Ripon High boys water polo team on Monday.
Haley Silva and Josh Spooner of Sierra, Ellie Waters and Alex Norling of Ripon and Brendon Curtright of Weston Ranch finished in the top 10 of the Sac-Joaquin Subsection Cross Country championships Saturday at Frogtown in Angels Camp.
The Ripon boys outscored Los Banos in all four periods Saturday and came away with a 21-5 win in opening-round action of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II boys' water polo playoffs at Whitney High School.
RIPON - Andie Shelton thought nothing of it when Ripon Christian volleyball coach Kara Ledeboer asked for a list of her achievements a month ago.