AUBURN - Weston Ranch was thrown straight into the fire to kick off the Placer Duals Tournament Saturday at Placer High in Auburn, facing Galena of Nevada and Wood Creek of Sacramento, two top-notch outfits in its first two matches.
LATHROP - They may spell their names differently, but Saturday at Lathrop High, Edy Guzman and Eddie Andrade appeared awfully similar in one important category: Scoring the basketball.
RIPON -Tyler Goslinga was automatic from the field, but not so much from the free-throw line.
Coming off its first loss of the Valley Oak League campaign and heading into a monster week, it was important for Manteca High to shut down last-place Oakdale Friday night at Winter Gym.
Continuing his bid for the Valley Oak League's Most Valuable Player honors, Sierra High's Christian Williams added another highlight to his ever-growing resumé, dropping 39 on Ceres Friday night in a 69-59 home win.
RIPON – Brandon Petratis' rattled in a layup with 3.7 seconds left for Ripon's deciding points in a thrilling 48-47 victory over visiting rival Ripon Christian Friday in Trans Valley League sophomore boys basketball action.
RIPON – Pretty it was not.
Sonora got the right person the ball at the right spot and the right time.
After trailing for most of the contest Thursday night at Sierra High, the Timberwolves had a golden opportunity slip through their fingers as Ceres sent home a key offensive putback with moments left in regulation to claim a 53-51 overtime win.
RIPON – Ripon High sophomore Alissa Vickers nailed two free throws with 8.6 seconds left in overtime Thursday night at Ripon Christian to lift the Indians over the Knights, 39-38.
When it rains, it pours.
WESTON RANCH - All Weston Ranch had to do was show up at its own gym and go through the motions with the young program's second Sac-Joaquin Section Team Duals Tournament berth already clinched.
STOCKTON – Joe Daretta was all ears Wednesday morning when Sac-Joaquin Section assistant commissioner John Williams was running through the list of league placements for the upcoming realignment.
After holding a 40-22 lead midway through the third quarter, it looked like Sierra wasn't going to have any problem dispatching the visiting Central Valley Hawks at home.
SONORA – C.J. Rivas sent home the game-winning offensive putback with seconds left on the clock Wednesday night in the foothills, as the Manteca High sophomore basketball team picked up a thrilling 40-39 win over Sonora.
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.
STOCKTON – Weston Ranch senior Alyssa Cantu will be making her third straight trip to the state tournament.
STOCKTON - Weston Ranch was able to limit Manteca High center Michael Hatfield this time around, but the Cougars had no answer for the Buffaloes' two best guards.
Victoria Burke could likely make Sierra High history today.
Lathrop trailed by as much as 10 in the third quarter at Sonora but came back to squeak out a well-earned 64-58 victory Friday night.
LATHROP – Nick McGill came through in the clutch during Thursday's Valley Oak League finale between East Union and Lathrop.
Sierra was one of the tougher and more talented squads in the Valley Oak League this year.