STOCKTON – Closing out the 32nd Annual Stagg Delta Queen Basketball Tournament as back-to-back champions was important to the Weston Ranch Cougars and their 34-29 win over the Bear Creek Bruins gave the team its goal with a consecutive tournament title.
ELK GROVE – The Weston Ranch Cougars handed a Reno High a sturdy fight, but a last second push from Reno provided the difference in the Cougars' 61-49 loss in the Mark Macres Tournament consolation championship.
With 4.4 seconds remaining in the contest the Manteca Buffaloes strolled out of their final timeout with only one chance at victory. The chance became reality when sophomore Jaqi Gutierrez nailed a desperation 3-pointer as time expired, sending the Buffaloe faithful into frenzy and the Pitman Pride home with a 57-55 loss.
STOCKTON – The East Union Lancers took on teams complete with wrestlers in each weight class, but were able to do battle short-staffed, still competing during the team-dual portion of the Bear Creek Tournament Friday at Delta College.
STOCKTON – The Weston Ranch Cougars wasted little time punching their ticket back to the Stagg Tournament championship, jumping out to a 10 point halftime lead before knocking off the host Delta Queens 68-49 in the tournament semi-final.
TURLOCK – The opportunity was there, but Manteca High was unable to take advantage.
LODI – The Cougars held a six-point halftime lead and they would not relinquish their lead, fighting off a stubborn Lincoln High of Stockton squad 57-53 to land a spot in the Tokay Tournament consolation championship.
GALT - The Hack-a-Shaq tactic didn't work for Chavez of Stockton in its Galt Warrior Classic opener against Ripon Christian Thursday.
STOCKTON – After missing her first attempt at sinking the go-ahead free throw with 20 seconds remaining in the game, Weston Ranch junior Timnesha Wilson took full advantage of her second try, pushing the Cougars up for good in their 51-50 win over Chavez High Thursday in the Stagg Tournament.
East Union High's sophomore girls basketball team used its defense to get going offensively in the first round of its own 10th Annual Camelot Classic at Dalben Center Thursday.
Lexy Posz and Shalane Jackson have quite the act to follow as East Union's new dynamic duo.
Ripon High running back and inside linebacker Nick Curtice highlights a contingent of area athletes selected to the all-Trans Valley League football team.
MODESTO - East Union hoped speed and deadly perimeter shooting would help overcome Enochs' overwhelming size advantage Wednesday, and for the most part they did.
With four wrestlers nursing various ailments, East Union High's wrestling team was swept in a non-league double-dual match at Dalben Center Tuesday.
With just over a minute left on the clock, every second that ticked away seemed like an eternity for the Sierra Timberwolves Tuesday.
Two down, two more to go for Ripon High's boys water polo team.
Not even a disastrous start to her second nine could derail Brooke Riley's round Monday morning.
RIPON - When you're cousins, so close in age and interests you may as well be brothers, you develop certain advantages in the athletic arena.
Good news first: Ripon and Ripon Christian's volleyball teams each get to host a match for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs.
Valley Oak League champion Iris Carrilo and Sierra's Haley Silva placed first and second in Division III girls, while the Manteca boys and Ripon Christian girls teams earned top-three finishes during the Sac-Joaquin Section Subsection Meet held at Frogtown this past Saturday.
The Sac-Joaquin Section indicated at the start of the season that more emphasis would be placed on strength of schedule in seeding playoff brackets.
RIPON - Linden got its revenge Thursday night.
RIPON – Travis Vander Molen buried his head in his hands after misfiring on a point-blank header.
There's a special bond that exists between quarterback and coach, which makes this Friday's rivalry tilt between Manteca and East Union, well...
STOCKTON - Weston Ranch managed a goal 12 minutes into the second half and kept visiting Woodland out of the net to escape the quarterfinals of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs with a 1-0 win Thursday night.
Kole Gonzales racked up six goals, as the Ripon boys water polo team routed Ceres 22-3 Thursday in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs held at Woodcreek High of Roseville.
It was a brand new experience for Weston Ranch, a bright-eyed team of underclassmen and few seniors that had lifted the program to new heights by qualifying for the postseason.
CERES - The last time the East Union and Central Valley boys soccer programs met in the playoffs their semifinal escalated into a shootout.
No need to speculate on who is in and who is out of the Sac-Joaquin Section playoff hunt for Manteca-area teams.
To be the champion Manteca would had to beat league champions in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III team playoffs.