Kiwi Gardner doesn't have to score in bunches for Manteca High's boys basketball team to win, and that was proven in the Buffaloes' 77-68 victory Friday in front of a capacity crowd at crosstown rival East Union's Dalben Center.
After sustaining a first quarter Weston Ranch's boys basketball team could not have drawn up any better, the host Sierra Timberwolves were in position to put together an improbable comeback. Cougar guard Jason Steele lessened Sierra's chances with a huge steal in the waning seconds of Weston Ranch's 66-63 win Friday.
RIVERBANK - The flu bug and Riverbank couldn't slow Ripon's boys basketball team Friday in the Indians' second Trans Valley League contest.
The Sierra High sophomore boys basketball team opened its Valley Oak League contest with Weston Ranch a little flat but played an inspired fourth quarter, pushing the game into overtime before falling 69-65 Friday.
Shalane Jackson was a non-factor in the East Union girls basketball team's 52-47 loss to intracity rival Manteca in the third round of the Tom Hawkins Tracy Breakfast Lions Tournament on Dec. 29.
WESTON RANCH – There were plenty of opportunities for Sierra High girls basketball team to take control of its Valley Oak League contest with Weston Ranch, but the Timberwolves didn't take advantage of any in their 49-41 loss Thursday.
RIPON - The Ripon Christian Knights wasted little time asserting themselves as the dominant team during their 52-39 Trans Valley League win over Escalon High Thursday.
Manteca High's sophomore girls basketball team took commanding 14-2 and 20-8 leads after the first and second quarters, respectively, against visiting rival East Union Thursday in Valley Oak League action.
People filled the stands in droves anxiously expecting another epic battle between the Manteca and Sierra High basketball squads, and neither squad disappointed during the Buffaloes' 64-48 Valley Oak League win over the host Timberwolves.
His grand return to the hardwood was anything but.
STOCKTON – There wasn't any one particular start that helped Weston Ranch in their 60-28 thrashing of the Lathrop Spartans Friday night.
The East Union wrestling team knew this would be the final time for its seniors to shine in their home gym, giving the Lancers all the reason to put on the performance they did with a 61-15 win over Manteca and a 44-34 win over Sierra for city-wide bragging rights.
LATHROP – The Weston Ranch Cougars did not kick off their match with the Ceres Bulldogs in the manner in which they would have liked and it cost them dearly in a 35-30 Valley Oak League loss Wednesday.
Led by the 13 point performances of Zerrion Payton and Sean Visperes, the Weston Ranch Cougars were easily able to down the visiting Lathrop Spartans at home.
Stephanie Vanni and the rest of the Sierra girls basketball team made it a point to bottle up Manteca's top scoring threat, Sharon Washington, in Tuesday's pivotal Valley Oak League contest.
Allie Walljasper is batting 1.000 when it comes to the Valley Oak League's MVP honor.
Manteca (24-3) cruised past two Sierra Valley Conference opponents, while Vista del Lago (26-5) held off challengers from the Valley Oak League in the first two rounds of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs.
There's Joe Menzel, arms pointed to the sky, clutching the game ball.
Neil MacDannald isn't ready to name a starter for Monday's Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV championship.
TURLOCK - The Sierra boys track team won the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV track and field championship Thursday at Warriors Stadium, but the Timberwolves accomplished the feat without winning a gold medal.
Times are set. Events have been scheduled. And trucks, trunks and RVs have been loaded down with coolers, swim bags and pop-up tents.
Go ahead, Lady Lancers, take a victory lap.
LODI – As soon as Andrew Schantz crushed a two-run homer in the top of the fourth inning Wednesday during the third and deciding game of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV best-of-three semifinal series, Vista del Lago's supporters reacted as if Schantz just hit a walk-off bomb.
From the time I was 6 years old rolling around in the mud behind the bleachers at my brother's football games I wanted to play football.