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.
RIPON -Hilmar had the look of a team that had been there, done that in tight situations.
Weston Ranch clinched a second straight postseason berth with Monday's resounding 7-1 victory at Lathrop.
That stunning loss to Orestimba appears to be in the rear-view mirror for Ripon Christian.
Ripon hadn't played a match away from familiar Stouffer Field in nearly three full weeks until it traveled to Hilmar on Thursday.
Ripon avenged a previous loss and put itself in a good position to return to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Tournament with Thursday's 164-174 win over Linden at Jack Tone Golf Course.
The Southern League race has quietly developed into an intriguing one.
Pay no mind to Lathrop's record.
Ripon Christian visited Delhi on Tuesday and avenged its only Southern League loss with a 1-0 victory that keeps the Knights atop the standings.
Ripon overcame serving errors and a game Hughson squad in a Trans-Valley League road match Wednesday.
The Manteca Jr. Timberwolves' novice football team rode the legs of Elijah Cota in Saturday's overtime 25-19 victory over their cross-town rival Chargers.
Escalon got one step closer to clinching the Valley Foothill League's North Division championship Tuesday after beating second-place Ripon 160-175 at Escalon Golf Course.
Weston Ranch beat East Union at its own game in a duel between the Valley Oak League's hottest teams Monday at Dino Cunial Field.
Coming off a tough five-game loss to rival Escalon, Ripon bounced back nicely with Monday's 25-13, 25-10, 25-23 sweep at Modesto Christian.
East Union's Edmi Lopez is a Timberwolf slayer.
Ripon Christian's boys soccer team overcame a halftime deficit, and Andrew Manes nailed the go-ahead goal in the 72nd minute to knock off host Le Grand 2-1 on Thursday.