LATHROP – The Spartans closed out the preseason Wednesday with a 68-44 loss to visiting Chavez High.
BRENTWOOD - George Contente looked skyward with fingers crossed behind his neck - body language for "Go figure."
TRACY - Bad news first: Lathrop High's girls basketball team dropped its seventh straight game Wednesday, losing 41-30 to Patterson in Day 3 of the Tom Hawkins/Tracy Breakfast Lions Tournament at West High.
The Timberwolves will play Enochs today for the championship of the Robert Dominik Fuchs Memorial Holiday Classic.
The Vos brothers surely left their mark in Ripon Christian's 57-47 boys basketball victory over Patterson Wednesday in the Oakdale Tournament.
The Sierra High wrestling team took third place in the Demolition Day tournament at Stagg High Tuesday.
TRACY - East Union's girls basketball team has dropped two of its last three, and it could have easily been three straight losses if not for a comeback win decided by a one-point margin.
RIPON - Sometimes all the effort in the world can prove to be too little too late.
Ripon High's girls basketball team is one win away from the West Coast Jamboree's Sapphire Division consolation championship round, and it will have to get past a familiar foe to get there.
The Sierra High boys basketball team has history of success in the Robert Dominik Fuchs Memorial Holiday Classic hosted by Columbia College in Sonora.
STOCKTON - Cold shooting in the fourth period contributed to the East Union High boys varsity basketball team's 77-62 loss Tuesday to Freedom.
TRACY - Sharon Washington flirted with a rare quadruple double, but she alone wasn't the reason why Manteca High's girls basketball team trounced Mills of Millbrae 60-34 in the first round of the Tom Hawkins/Tracy Breakfast Lions Tournament Monday.
SALIDA - Ripon High's boys basketball team drew first blood Monday in its first game of the Modesto Christian Holiday Hoops Classic, of the premier tournaments in Northern California, against Burbank of Southern California.
The Ripon High girls basketball team opened the massive West Coast Jamboree Monday in Brentwood with its second loss of the season, as Brook McGrath led Crater (Central Point, Ore.), 47-30.
There wasn't too much of anything that Ripon High senior Kelsey Johnston had to prove. When The Bulletin's 2010 All-Area Volleyball Most Valuable Player began her season, there was only one mission yet to be conquered and that task no longer stands.
No need to speculate on who is in and who is out of the Sac-Joaquin Section playoff hunt for Manteca-area teams.
To be the champion Manteca would had to beat league champions in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III team playoffs.
The East Union volleyball team knows how to celebrate senior night.
Kevin Bolding all along felt that his Manteca volleyball team had enough talent to compete with the Valley Oak League's elite.
STOCKTON - Brooke Riley was aware of the pressure she faced at Monday's Sac-Section Division III Girls Golf Masters Tournament.
Victor Polanco has fond memories of the Central Valley High soccer field.
Three Manteca-area schools are hosting their first games in the Sac-Joaquin Section boys soccer playoffs.
RIPON - Ripon Christian is still queen of Southern League volleyball.
Southern League champion Ripon Christian capped regular-season action Thursday with a 2-1 win over visiting Gustine. The victory is the seventh straight for the Knights (12-1-1 SL, 19-4-1 overall).
East Union was officially eliminated from the playoff race Thursday when second-place Central Catholic visited and won the Valley Oak League match, 25-16, 17-25, 25-23, 25-21.
Back in August, as teams across the Central Valley prepared for tournaments and non-league games, Victor Polanco kept his team at home.
STOCKTON - Francisco Cisneros is a member of a club few coaches get to join: Club Perfect.
RIPON - The Ripon boys water polo team had shredded Valley Oak League competition leading up to Wednesday's Valley Oak League finale against Sonora, winning each contest by no less than seven goals.
Help is on the way for East Union and Weston Ranch, and just in time for their Week-9 Valley Oak League tussle at Dino Cunial Field.
Ripon can forget about that over-the-top pre-league schedule that led to its 1-4 start.