Every practice ended the same.
Roberto Alvarez's soccer career began, and nearly ended, with the Manteca Area Soccer League.
The Liberty Ranch boys basketball team trailed by 17 points in the first quarter, had its best player foul out late in the fourth and missed its final six-free throw attempts at Manteca High's Winter Gym on Monday.
SALIDA – The Weston Ranch boys basketball team won't bully its opponents with its size or bulk or even its varsity experience.
East Union bolted out to a big lead Monday, mustered just one point in the third quarter and came from behind to defeat Gregori 36-33 for fifth place in the Tracy Breakfast Lions/Tom Hawkins Tournament at Tracy High's Swenson Gym.
East Union freshman Loretta Kakala finished with 21 points and 14 rebounds during Saturday's 59-33 consolation bracket victory over West during the Tracy Breakfast Lions/Tom Hawkins Tournament.
Born into a volleyball family, the sport was destined to take Andie Shelton places.
Weston Ranch head coach Chris Teevan got a shot at redemption Saturday morning.
Sierra's 6-4 junior Hunter Johnson finished with 20 points (three 3s) and seven rebounds during Saturday's third-place game of the Adidas Trojan Classic at Lincoln High and was named to the All-Tournament team.
Ripon Christian's senior point guard Teagan Manus recorded 25 points and carried the Knights to their own tournament title on Saturday after knocking off Hughson 45-40.
STOCKTON – The East Union Lancers will play in today's 7 p.m. championship game of the adidas Trojan Classic at Lincoln High.
SALIDA – Weston Ranch played sloppily during the first quarter of the opening round of the Modesto Christian Holiday Hoop Classic consolation bracket Friday.
Loreal Taylor continued her streak of 20-point efforts, and Lathrop snapped its second three-game skid of the early season with Friday's 60-35 throttling of Johansen in the Tracy Breakfast Lions/Tom Hawkins Tournament at co-host Tracy High.
Sierra's shooting woes continued Friday night, but the Timberwolves will gladly take the 27-23 victory over Livingston in the Pitman Holiday Classic in Turlock.
By JOHN-JOEL GRIFFITHS
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.