RIPON - It didn't even matter Friday night that Ripon Christian head coach Ron Vander Molen still hasn't decided what his regular lineup will be.
The early-season struggles continued for Manteca High's boys basketball team Friday in the winner's-bracket semifinal of the Anderson Holiday Invitational.
The Sierra Timberwolves pounded Stagg High relentlessly, outscoring the Delta Queens in each quarter of a 63-24 win Friday in non-league action.
LATHROP – The Lathrop High's girls basketball team headed into the final period trailing Tracy by 10 points, and a pair of quick Tracy 3-pointers would eliminate the Spartans chances at a comeback in a 59-42 loss to the Bulldogs Thursday.
RIPON - Ripon Christian's girls basketball team may have lost do-it-all forward Kelsey Tillema to graduation, but the Knights have gained depth.
When the weather changes and the wrestling rooms become packed, high school grapplers are honing their skills in hopes of stretching their seasons into the always climactic Sac-Joaquin Section second-season. For a few area wrestlers, finishing the season with a trip to State is their sole purpose on the mat this year.
Sierra High's boys basketball team struggled to convert shots taken inside the 3-point arc Tuesday against visiting Ripon.
By the time the Manteca High girls basketball team's offensive exploits caught up to those of their defense, there was nothing Patterson High could do to stop the onslaught, mustering just four first-half points on their way to a 50-16 loss Tuesday.
WESTON RANCH - In a much anticipated battle of the area young guns, the Weston Ranch High boys varsity basketball squad was blown away on its home court by McNair Tuesday, 72-52.
Lathrop High's first-ever varsity boys basketball victory didn't come as easily as head coach J.J. Ramirez had hoped Tuesday.
In a game played at a high-tempo, and sometimes wildly out-of-control, pace Monday, it took a deep breath and poise at the free-throw line to finally decide it.
Ripon High's girls basketball team posted its third straight victory decided by at least 20 points, and fourth overall, with a 62-21 pummeling of first-year varsity Kimball at home Monday.
The East Union and Ripon High girls' basketball teams will battle for more than just a non-league victory when they square off for the fifth straight year next Saturday at Dalben Center.
STOCKTON – Weston Ranch finished the day 3-2 Saturday and brought home the Division 3 first-place trophy in its own Cougar Duals.
The Ripon Christian girls basketball team had one focus when they came into the Lady Huskies Tournament title game Saturday, and the squad was able to accomplish that task with a 51-47 win over host Hughson for the preseason tournament title.
Ripon had two golfers finish in the top 10 in Monday's Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Tournament held at Micke Grove Golf Links, but both played their final round of the season.
It all comes down to Wednesday's winner-take-all Valley Oak League finale between cross-town foes Manteca and East Union.
Sealy McAdams and Elizabeth Tolbert's last two matches in Thursday's Valley Oak League Doubles Tournament held at East Union had entirely different endings.
Alyssa Burch hosted another block party at Manteca High's Winter Gym on Thursday.
Orestimba scored the first and final goals, but Ripon Christian did more than enough damage in between to leave Newman with a 5-2 victory and at least a share of the Southern League championship.
Injury-hampered Ripon gave up two second-half goals by Ulises Ramirez on set pieces and are now in danger of not repeating as league champions no thanks to Thursday's 2-0 loss at Escalon.
Gerardo Romero scored two goals and assisted another in East Union's 4-1 triumph at Sierra on Wednesday.
Weston Ranch's coronation looked as if it was going to be delayed.
Manteca had two game-point opportunities in an attempt to force a fifth set against visiting Weston Ranch but came up short in a 20-25, 25-27, 25-16, 30-32 defeat Wednesday.
East Union won the Valley Oak League title and Brooke Riley is the MVP.
Tuesday's Trans-Valley League rematch against Ripon was sure to have been circled on Riverbank's calendar.
TRACY - The road to the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs just got a little longer for the East Union volleyball team.
Kevin Bolding summed up Manteca's trip to Oakdale as a "tough night."
Sierra just missed out on having another finalist in the Valley Oak League Singles Tournament.
RIPON -Hilmar had the look of a team that had been there, done that in tight situations.