STOCKTON - It was easy come, easy go for three area grapplers in the first day of the Sac-Joaquin Section Girls Wrestling Invitational at McNair High Friday.
RIPON – The Ripon High seniors will have something to remember when thinking about their last Friday home game of the season.
OAKDALE – The East Union varsity boys basketball team could not have orchestrated a better opening period, dominating the Oakdale Mustangs on both ends on its way to a comfortable 48-40 Valley Oak League win Friday.
OAKDALE - Its loss to crosstown rival Sierra Monday knocked East Union High's sophomore boys basketball team into a first-place tie with Oakdale.
One streak stayed alive Thursday night at Dalben Center, and East Union High's girls basketball team is inching closer to continuing another one.
Manteca High's girls basketball team avoided getting swept by the Ceres schools with its 57-41 victory over Central Valley at home Thursday and kept its postseason hopes alive in the process.
A handful of area girl wrestlers have put together quality seasons and a few are hoping to close things out with strong performances in the Sac-Joaquin Section Girls Wrestling Invitational Tournament at McNair High in Stockton.
Kristen Piasecki scored all 12 of East Union High's fourth-quarter points Thursday, but it wasn't enough in a 52-39 loss to visiting Oakdale in Valley Oak League sophomore girls basketball action.
Reggie Bell's hard work on the football field paid off, but he is also reaping the benefits of hard work in the classroom.
Coming out focused to take on a winless opponent proved not to be a challenge for the Sierra High boys basketball team in its 68-31 thrashing of Lathrop High Wednesday in Valley Oak League action.
After holding a 12 point lead early in the game, Manteca High seemed to be cruising right along as they picked apart the Ceres Bulldogs with efficiency.
SONORA – The trip east did not go according to plan for the Weston Ranch boys basketball team, dropping its Valley Oak League contest with Sonora High 61-45 Wednesday.
Sierra High's sophomore basketball team jumped out on the visiting Lathrop Spartans and never relinquished, rolling to a 58-46 Valley Oak League win Wednesday.
Trevor Nogueira and Jerrod Patton picked a good time to have breakout performances for Sierra High's boys basketball team.
RIPON – Once the tempo reached warp speed the Escalon High boys basketball team had no idea Ripon High was prepared to keep pace, as the Indians found the up-tempo pace rewarding in a 67-52 Trans Valley League win Tuesday.
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
STOCKTON – Elisabeth Alexander sold the pump fake, lifting her defender into the air.
Manteca High head coach Dave Asuncion had opportunities to keep 6-foot-6 freshman Tydus Verhoeven off the varsity roster.
FOLSOM – Six of the eight area wrestlers who punched tickets to this weekend's Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament in Stockton all came up empty during the finals of their divisional tournaments on Saturday.
By JONAMAR JACINTO
Alex Garcia and Lucas Widmer are back in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV semifinals, where they will be joined by Manteca heavyweight Steven Martinez today at Vista del Lago High in Folsom.
Three area wrestlers will seek to redeem themselves in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Tournament today and Saturday after coming up short of titles in Los Banos last season.