RIPON - Kristen Maestretti was rewarded for her effort.
For the better part of three quarters, the Turlock crowd did their best to unlock the mystery of Anand Hundal, Manteca's 6-foot-8 junior center.
East Union expected Bear Creek to come out winging its best punches and got exactly that in a nonleague contest at Dalben Center on Tuesday.
There were moments when East Union coach Jim Agostini had to remind himself that little, if anything, was on the line during Tuesday's reunion with Sonora at Bud Castle Gym.
Rubel Dehal and Elizabeth Tolbert had clean looks at the basket in attempts to force an overtime period, but both of their shots rimmed out in Manteca's 43-40 loss to visiting Laguna Creek on Monday.
LATHROP - Lathrop managed only five first-period points Monday and never recovered in a 72-46 loss to visiting Beyer-Modesto in non-league boys basketball action.
Tournament host Ripon made a run in the third quarter and would not close the gap in losing to Cosumnes Oaks 58-42 in the championship game of the girls Ripon Winter Classic on Saturday.
Ripon finished tied for sixth place with Buhach Colony on Saturday in the 22-team field of the Morning Star Invitational at Los Banos High School.
After two big swings in the second half Saturday tournament host Ripon managed a layup with a minute left and held on over Bret Harte 63-62 for the championship of the boys Ripon winter Classic.
Weston Ranch is heading to the championship game in one of the Central Section's most prestigious tournaments.
Cody Norman is back with his alma mater, coaching the Laguna Creek girls basketball team in Elk Grove.
Livingston buried three 3-pointers to lead 9-0 at the start of its nonleague game at Manteca High's Winter Gymnasium Friday night.
RIPON - Ripon Christian may no longer be in the Southern League for basketball, but its growing rivalry with Mariposa lives on.
TRACY - Ryan Tarr had seen enough.
TRACY - With four reserves checking in at the scorer's table, Lathrop coach Nathan McGrath left them with one simple message:
TRACY - East Union has speed and power up and down the lineup and a trio of capable sophomore pitchers backed by a reliable defense.
Zach Horwood RBI fielder's choice in the top of the sixth inning was all Ripon needed in its Trans-Valley League opener at Hilmar.
Ripon Christian had several key contributors from its 2014 Sac-Joaquin Section championship club graduate, and it competed through a tough nonleague schedule with a depleted roster with many players still competing for the school's basketball team.
The Manteca High boys basketball has been pitted against one of the hottest teams in Northern California, but Foothill remains a secondary concern at this point.
Weston Ranch boys basketball coach Chris Teevan let nature run its course during Monday afternoon's practice.
Ripon Christian's girls basketball team has traveled to Petaluma, San Anselmo and East Palo Alto for CIF Northern California Regional Championships games in the last three years.
Josh Dilg smacked the game-winning double, scoring Tommy De Anda from second base and helping Weston Ranch hold off late-charging Chavez 6-5 in a nonleague home game Monday.
Manteca capped the massive two-day California Tennis Classic tournament with two victories at Central West High in Fresno on Saturday.
Manteca rebounded from a 3-1 semifinal loss to Lincoln-Stockton on Saturday and defeated Oakdale 4-1 for third place in the Buffalo Cup Soccer Tournament at Woodward Park.
In the championship game of the St. Mary's Tournament, East Union used a balanced attack to defeat El Capitan 9-0 on Saturday at Arnaiz Field in Stockton.
Sierra brought home two individual gold medals and East Union one from the Tom Moore Relays on Saturday at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
Manteca High's boys basketball team advanced to the semifinal round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III semifinals last week, its longest postseason run since the 1987 team claimed the program's only blue pennant.
Chase McKee and Darrel Clemons are North Dakota-bound.
Lathrop capped its Spartan Tournament on Saturday with a thrilling 8-7 win in eight innings over Chavez-Stockton at Lathrop High.
SACRAMENTO - With 23 seconds left and victory safely in hand, Scott Thomason reared back and howled toward the rafters at Sleep Train Arena.