Getting ready for a huge wrestling tournament is nothing new to these local area standouts, but preparing to tangle with another girl is not something these wrestlers find that often through the season.
The wrestlers for Ripon High have been hard at it on the mat since the beginning stages of this year's winter season. Now, the boys will get the weekend off while their female teammates take center stage during the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters tournament at McNair High in Stockton.
Manteca High's girls basketball team overcame a slow start and a stunning momentum shift at the end of the first half to knock off upset-minded Sonora 60-40 on the road Thursday.
Christin Gowan is having a career year in her senior season with Cal Stanislaus' women's basketball team.
Ripon Christian built a minimal lead after the first quarter of play and continued to add to it for three quarters, blasting host Le Grand High 52-28 Thursday in Southern League play.
Weston Ranch boys basketball head coach Ryan Bono was presented a win-win opportunity he could not pass up.
The East Union High boys varsity basketball squad went back to employing a deeper rotation Wednesday against Lathrop High.
In March 2009, Nicole Vanni signed her National Letter of Intent to play for San Francisco State.
Former Sierra High football star Nigel Malone will continue his playing career at Kansas State.
In what has been a change of events for the Sierra High boys basketball team, losing has become more common then winning for the Timberwolves, as they dropped yet another Valley Oak League contest 48-36 to host Sonora High Wednesday.
Welcome back Alysia Atkins.
The East Union Lancers had a relatively easy time taking care of the Latrop Spartans, knocking the Spartans off in Valley Oak League girls sophomore basketball with a 50-27 win Tuesday in Lathrop.
After Waterford High opened its Southern League contest with Ripon Christian focused on using the gameclock as its friend, the Knights were able to curb its effectiveness in the second, cruising to a 45-29 SL victory over Waterford Tuesday.
After reasserting themselves as the team to beat in the Valley Oak League with a victory over Weston Ranch last week, the Manteca High was able to start off things this week in style, blowing out visitingKimball 76-19 Tuesday in girls basketball action.
If the Sac-Joaquin Section girls basketball playoffs were to tip off today, the Valley Oak League would have three teams hosting first-round contests in the 16-team Division-III bracket.
SALIDA – Jazz Swanson shuffled through the locker room, shoes untied with an aw-shucks smile painted across his face.
The winter break has been anything but a break for Lathrop High's wrestling program.
Rod Wright has been waiting for a game like this from his young Ripon boys basketball team.
East Union won one rematch to get to another, but it may have to go without its top player in tonight's Tracy Breakfast Lions/Tom Hawkins Tournament quarterfinal.
Annie Banks has been playing on a tennis team for as long as she can remember, long before her brush with the Sierra High girls program.
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.