AUBURN - Weston Ranch was thrown straight into the fire to kick off the Placer Duals Tournament Saturday at Placer High in Auburn, facing Galena of Nevada and Wood Creek of Sacramento, two top-notch outfits in its first two matches.
LATHROP - They may spell their names differently, but Saturday at Lathrop High, Edy Guzman and Eddie Andrade appeared awfully similar in one important category: Scoring the basketball.
RIPON -Tyler Goslinga was automatic from the field, but not so much from the free-throw line.
Coming off its first loss of the Valley Oak League campaign and heading into a monster week, it was important for Manteca High to shut down last-place Oakdale Friday night at Winter Gym.
Continuing his bid for the Valley Oak League's Most Valuable Player honors, Sierra High's Christian Williams added another highlight to his ever-growing resumé, dropping 39 on Ceres Friday night in a 69-59 home win.
RIPON – Brandon Petratis' rattled in a layup with 3.7 seconds left for Ripon's deciding points in a thrilling 48-47 victory over visiting rival Ripon Christian Friday in Trans Valley League sophomore boys basketball action.
RIPON – Pretty it was not.
Sonora got the right person the ball at the right spot and the right time.
After trailing for most of the contest Thursday night at Sierra High, the Timberwolves had a golden opportunity slip through their fingers as Ceres sent home a key offensive putback with moments left in regulation to claim a 53-51 overtime win.
RIPON – Ripon High sophomore Alissa Vickers nailed two free throws with 8.6 seconds left in overtime Thursday night at Ripon Christian to lift the Indians over the Knights, 39-38.
When it rains, it pours.
WESTON RANCH - All Weston Ranch had to do was show up at its own gym and go through the motions with the young program's second Sac-Joaquin Section Team Duals Tournament berth already clinched.
STOCKTON – Joe Daretta was all ears Wednesday morning when Sac-Joaquin Section assistant commissioner John Williams was running through the list of league placements for the upcoming realignment.
After holding a 40-22 lead midway through the third quarter, it looked like Sierra wasn't going to have any problem dispatching the visiting Central Valley Hawks at home.
SONORA – C.J. Rivas sent home the game-winning offensive putback with seconds left on the clock Wednesday night in the foothills, as the Manteca High sophomore basketball team picked up a thrilling 40-39 win over Sonora.
Three Manteca-area schools are hosting their first games in the Sac-Joaquin Section boys soccer playoffs.
RIPON - Ripon Christian is still queen of Southern League volleyball.
Southern League champion Ripon Christian capped regular-season action Thursday with a 2-1 win over visiting Gustine. The victory is the seventh straight for the Knights (12-1-1 SL, 19-4-1 overall).
East Union was officially eliminated from the playoff race Thursday when second-place Central Catholic visited and won the Valley Oak League match, 25-16, 17-25, 25-23, 25-21.
Back in August, as teams across the Central Valley prepared for tournaments and non-league games, Victor Polanco kept his team at home.
STOCKTON - Francisco Cisneros is a member of a club few coaches get to join: Club Perfect.
RIPON - The Ripon boys water polo team had shredded Valley Oak League competition leading up to Wednesday's Valley Oak League finale against Sonora, winning each contest by no less than seven goals.
Help is on the way for East Union and Weston Ranch, and just in time for their Week-9 Valley Oak League tussle at Dino Cunial Field.
Ripon can forget about that over-the-top pre-league schedule that led to its 1-4 start.
Mahir Pepic asked Manteca High head coach Rick Cuevas to bark out his time while nearing the 2-mile mark at the Eagal Lakes Resort 3.1-mile course.
Ripon showed no drop off with reserves getting ample playing time in Wednesday's three-game rout (25-11, 25-15, 25-12) of visiting Modesto Christian.
STOCKTON - The Weston Ranch volleyball team is hitting its stride.
East Union plans to throw it back to the 1970s, when losses were hard to come by and names like Herrera and Taylor were still at the forefront of the football program.
Manteca held its own against Central Catholic and nearly forced a fifth set in a 25-19, 13-25, 21-25, 24-26 Valley Oak League loss Tuesday in Modesto.
Ripon Christian secured the outright claim to the Southern League championship with Tuesday's 2-0 victory at Denair.