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.
Ryan Shippley knows how to get a team moving.
Lathrop couldn't overcome a lackluster start in a 61-44 loss to visiting Kimball on Friday.
Jim Agostini sauntered back into Winter Gymnasium alongside assistant coach Rick Marsh, and as the door closed behind them their East Union girls basketball team could be heard celebrating a much-needed 58-48 win over Manteca on Thursday.
RIPON - This night belonged to the Ripon High Indians.
Elisabeth Alexander found her stroke early and never lost it.
Sierra has a way of making ugly wins look good.
Rena Dragony emerged from a scrum beneath the basket with a smile and her pinkies pointed to the sky.
Sophomore guard Tre Simmons made five 3s and led all scorers with 23 points, as playoff-bound Weston Ranch rolled past visiting East Union 70-30 Wednesday.
With about six minutes left in the third quarter, Jim Agostini called a timeout and did something he rarely ever does.
STOCKTON - What a difference 10 minutes can make.
Riverbank worked its late-game magic yet again, and it helped the Bruins garner at least a share of the Trans-Valley League title Tuesday when they edged Ripon in overtime, 44-43.
RIPON - In a Trans-Valley League tilt between two guard-oriented teams, it was the two "bigs" who made all the difference for Ripon on Tuesday.
Kyle Howard shot a 1-under 36 at the Manteca Park Golf Course on Wednesday afternoon to run away match medalist honors.
The Manteca High boys tennis team whipped Weston Ranch on Wednesday, priming itself for today's crosstown dual with East Union.
The Sierra High softball team had almost a week to think about a stinging loss to Oakdale because of a rainout.
Darrell Clemons spent his varsity career trying to keep Sierra High pass-rushers LJ Alofaituli and Trevon McCray out of the backfield.
East Union boys golf coach Dennis Wells' mood ran hot even on a windy day.
Matt Rose plowed through a rough afternoon on the greens, earning medalist honors as Sierra pushed past Weston Ranch.
TRACY - The opening minutes looked promising for goalie Callia Morales-Linnell and the Lathrop girls soccer team.
Maliah Watson from East Union won the girls discus and finished second in the shot put Saturday in the Delta Mustang Invitational at the Merv Smith Track Complex on Stockton.
The Lathrop High varsity boys and girls track teams each improved to 2-1 in the Valley Oak League after impressive showings in a double dual meet at Weston Ranch on Thursday.
It was on this same field last season that the Manteca High baseball team celebrated one of its greatest moments.
The final outcome was the same, but the rematch was more decisive.
East Union held on to beat visiting Kimball for its first Valley Oak League win of the season Thursday at Agostini Field.
By VINCE REMBULAT
Sisters Kindra and Maddi Hackbarth put on a hitting clinic Wednesday at Oakdale, helping the host Mustangs blast Sierra 11-4 in a duel of Valley Oak League contenders.
It turns out there will be some drama in the Trans-Valley League after all.