By JAMES BURNS
By JONAMAR JACINTO
STOCKTON - Despite trailing in the third quarter and a 27-point effort from the Weston Ranch's Jaelen Ragsdale, visiting Sonora scored 30 points in the fourth to come back and win the Valley Oak League opener 68-62 on Tuesday night.
Lathrop has qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section boys basketball playoffs just once (2012) in four years, while Kimball is oh-fer going into its fourth varsity season.
The rebuilding of East Union's girls basketball team already appears to be over.
Ripon Christian was able to slow down Mariposa's top player.
STOCKTON – Sierra High's senior team captain Lucas Widmer had an impressive run during Saturday's Demolition Day Tournament at Stagg High.
The Lathrop High boys basketball team wrapped up its preseason Saturday with a 69-54 consolation championship loss at the Rocklin Holiday Classic against Whitney.
RIPON – Ripon didn't have an answer for Escalon's 6-2 senior guard Owen Pangilinan during Friday the Trans Valley League opener Friday night.
With three starters sitting the first half of Sierra's final nonleague contest at Downey on Friday, the Timberwolves had some trouble getting untracked against the winless host team.
The Manteca girls basketball team finished its preseason with a 2-8 record and took its final lump on Thursday afternoon against visiting Lincoln of Stockton at Winter Gym.
Weston Ranch went on a 9-0 run early in the fourth quarter Thursday to close a 20-point St. Mary's lead to 11, but the Rams finished the game on a 10-1 run to defeat the host Cougars 62-42 in non-league boys basketball action.
The Ripon Christian boys and girls basketball teams are both coming off championship runs in the Southern League last year.
Lathrop's boys basketball squad hung with the tournament host for the first two quarters of Thursday's opening round game at the Rocklin Holiday Classic.
The Lathrop boys basketball team had a chance to clinch a playoff berth Friday night but came up short thanks to a last-second tip-in by host Kimball, which claimed a 69-67 Valley Oak League win with one game remaining in regular-season play.
East Union point guard Olivia Vezaldenos remained hot and put together a flashy performance during a 58-45 Valley Oak League victory over cross-town rival Manteca.
Three Buffalo greats will soon be roaming the Great Plains.
RIPON - If only every night was senior night for Ripon High's girls basketball team.
Weston Ranch forced 32 Sierra turnovers Thursday night, and despite having just eight players in uniform rolled to a 60-33 Valley Oak League girls basketball win over the host Timberwolves.
Michael Hatfield did it again.
Kyle Alexander has dabbled in many sports but appears to have found one he can stick to for the rest of his life.
Weston Ranch broke open a tie game Wednesday night with a 13-0 run that started late in the first quarter against host East Union, and the Cougars were not threatened again in a 71-57 Valley Oak League win at Dalben Center.
Lathrop left little doubt in its 65-34 drubbing of visiting Oakdale on Wednesday night.
The future of girls Valley Oak League basketball was on display Tuesday night at Sierra High School with two sophomores accounting for 68 points in a thrilling 61-56 win for visiting East Union over the Timberwolves.
Weston Ranch's girls basketball team officially clinched a playoff berth for a sixth straight year Tuesday night with a 67-40 rout at Manteca, but the Cougars are looking to raise the bar for the program.
The Lathrop High girls basketball team doesn't have a playoff run to look forward to, but it isn't going out without a fight.
At this point last year and the 23 before that, coaches were busy crunching numbers to see where their teams could potentially land in the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.
It had been known for weeks that Ripon Christian was going to secure the outright Southern League championship without much resistance.
STOCKTON – Sierra jumped out to a quick but not-so comfortable lead thanks to three early forfeits Saturday during the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Team Dual Championships at Lincoln High.