There was a moment early in the first quarter where it actually looked like visiting Lathrop High stood a chance against Sierra in Tuesday's Valley Oak League contest.
The Ripon High boys basketball team failed to come out and execute to open the contest, but their resiliency shined through in a last-ditch effort to upset the Modesto Christian Crusaders, pouring in 30 fourth quarter points in a 76-62 loss to the Crusaders Tuesday in Salida.
RIPON - Most teams wouldn't nitpick over a 28-point victory.
Sonora High's girls basketball team just reintroduced itself to the Valley Oak League title race.
RIPON – The Turlock Christian Eagles came to visit Ripon Christian for a battle of the final two Southern League unbeatens, and when the brief stay was over the Eagles were the league's only undefeated squad after a 59-45 win over the Knights Tuesday.
The Weston Ranch sophomore girls basketball team continue to have its way in the Valley Oak League, remaining unblemished with a relatively easy 60-20 win over the Kimball Jaguars Tuesday in league play.
The contenders will separate themselves from the pretenders this week in the Valley Oak, Trans Valley and Southern leagues.
ESCALON – Aidan Foster made the most of his participation in the 24th Annual Lloyd Engel Wrestling Tournament, closing as the 152-pound champion and being named the tournament's Most Outstanding Wrestler of the upper-weights Saturday at Escalon High.
Kimball High already has itself a boys basketball team to be reckoned with, and that's without a senior class.
In a game that saw quality offense displayed in brief spurts, East Union senior Robert Vaughn had to convert on a pair of free throws in the game's final minute and he made good, sending the Oakdale Mustangs home with a 44-41 Valley Oak League defeat Friday at Dalben Center.
The first quarter put the Manteca High boys basketball team in a good position to depart from Sonora with a Valley Oak League win, but their fast start would not last a 46-42 league loss Friday.
LATHROP - The Spartans gave it their all Friday against visiting Weston Ranch.
Justin Patton scored half of the Sierra High sophomore boys basketball team's 22 first-quarter points and ended up with a game-high19 points, helping the Timberwolves crush visiting Kimball 82-39 Friday.
Ripon High's boys basketball team didn't have too tough a challenge from the Hughson Huskies, and it showed in a 67-34 blowout Trans Valley League victory Friday in Ripon.
Without reigning Valley Oak League MVP Cassandra Clark and two other starters, Oakdale High's girls basketball team didn't have a chance against the conference's four-time defending champion.
STOCKTON - Anand Hundal narrowly missed a triple-double for a second game in a row, but on Thursday it was Manteca's guards who stood tallest in a 70-59 win at Weston Ranch.
Sierra led East Union by 11 points at halftime and then silenced the partisan Dalben Center crowd with a 24-11 third quarter on the way to an 82-43 win in Valley Oak League boys basketball action.
Lathrop's season-long struggles continued at Central Catholic on Thursday.
Brijanee Moore made her anticipated debut with the Weston Ranch girls basketball team Wednesday.
Sierra made its first Valley Oak League match of the season a short one.
ESCALON - Escalon appears to be the class of the Trans-Valley League once again.
Ripon Christian had one of the Sac-Joaquin Section's top teams on the ropes by halftime, but that was DeAndre Stallings' cue to take over for Liberty Ranch.
No practice was as big as Tuesday's session for East Union.
The Sierra High boys basketball team has a 6-foot, 8-inch, rim-rocking, shot-blocking star.
LATHROP - Anand Hundal will probably be on time for practice from now on.
Chris Teevan joked that he might need a search party to find the Weston Ranch boys basketball team's home jerseys.
Kimball put its best defender on East Union's best shooter on the final play of Tuesday's Valley Oak League opener at Dalben Center.
It's not just about what Manteca High's baseball team accomplished, but how it went about doing so.
Sierra begins its Valley Oak League title defense tonight against visiting Oakdale.
In a word - balanced.