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.
RIPON – When the Hughson Huskies cut the Ripon High lead to two with 5:15 remaining in both schools' Trans Valley League opener, it looked as if Ripon could be on their way to defeat. But that scenario would not play out on Tuesday, as the Indians executed to perfection down the stretch to pull away with a 55-43 win.
LATHROP - Everything appeared to be going well for the first-year varsity Lathrop Spartans Tuesday night as they battled intra-district rival Weston Ranch.
RIVERBANK – Ripon Christian got the performance coach Ron Vander Molen was looking for in its Trans Valley League opener, taking care of the Riverbank Bruins with ease 64-53 Tuesday.
CERES - Jim Agostini's experimentation of different defensive looks didn't last long in the East Union girls basketball team's 58-38 victory over Central Valley Tuesday.
It was all Buffaloes from the start and nothing changed during Manteca's blowout victory over Sierra in sophomore girls basketball action Tuesday.
Weston Ranch High's basketball teams have made it tougher for the defending Valley Oak League champions to, well, defend their championships.
Modesto Christian has reigned over the rest of the six-team Trans Valley League with little threat since joining the Division IV conference in 2006-07.
ESCALON – After two days of action and enough matches to last a season, East Union High's Stevyn Teeple finished the 23rd Annual Lloyd Engel Wrestling Tournament with the 135-pound title Saturday at Escalon High.
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.