LATHROP - Evan Lewis sparked an 18-1 barrage that started in the second quarter and continued into the third with two 3-pointers, and East Union overcame an early deficit to beat Lathrop 44-40 in sophomore boys basketball action Saturday.
Kiwi Gardner doesn't have to score in bunches for Manteca High's boys basketball team to win, and that was proven in the Buffaloes' 77-68 victory Friday in front of a capacity crowd at crosstown rival East Union's Dalben Center.
After sustaining a first quarter Weston Ranch's boys basketball team could not have drawn up any better, the host Sierra Timberwolves were in position to put together an improbable comeback. Cougar guard Jason Steele lessened Sierra's chances with a huge steal in the waning seconds of Weston Ranch's 66-63 win Friday.
RIVERBANK - The flu bug and Riverbank couldn't slow Ripon's boys basketball team Friday in the Indians' second Trans Valley League contest.
The Sierra High sophomore boys basketball team opened its Valley Oak League contest with Weston Ranch a little flat but played an inspired fourth quarter, pushing the game into overtime before falling 69-65 Friday.
Shalane Jackson was a non-factor in the East Union girls basketball team's 52-47 loss to intracity rival Manteca in the third round of the Tom Hawkins Tracy Breakfast Lions Tournament on Dec. 29.
WESTON RANCH – There were plenty of opportunities for Sierra High girls basketball team to take control of its Valley Oak League contest with Weston Ranch, but the Timberwolves didn't take advantage of any in their 49-41 loss Thursday.
RIPON - The Ripon Christian Knights wasted little time asserting themselves as the dominant team during their 52-39 Trans Valley League win over Escalon High Thursday.
Manteca High's sophomore girls basketball team took commanding 14-2 and 20-8 leads after the first and second quarters, respectively, against visiting rival East Union Thursday in Valley Oak League action.
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.
Ben Juarez knocked down a jump shot to give Kimball its first lead in the second half with 22 seconds left in Wednesday's crucial Valley Oak League contest at Manteca High's Winter Gym.
With four games left in the regular season, the Sierra Timberwolves appear well on their way towards an outright Valley Oak League title.
LATHROP - After surviving seven lead changes and four ties, host Lathrop ended the first half on a 7-0 run and outscored East Union 22-9 in the third quarter on the way to a 64-48 win in Valley Oak League boys basketball action.
Isela Rivera isn't concerned so much about her place in East Union girls soccer lore, though there have been few as productive as the senior striker.
Having battled back from a 21-point deficit to visiting Lathrop and leading by one with 35 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, Manteca's Jessica Hasal penetrated to the key and then dished out to Allison Rachels on the perimeter. Rachels threw up a 3-pointer and by the time it bounced off the glass and through the net she was picking herself up off the floor with the Buffaloes on the way to a thrilling 54-49 Valley Oak League girls basketball victory at Winter Gymnasium.
STOCKTON - With no true post players on his team, Weston Ranch coach Chris Bauer has challenged the two tallest to be more of a presence in the paint.
Not this time.
The Ripon Christian boys basketball team overcame Turlock Christian's considerable size advantage for a second time with Tuesday's commanding 64-51 triumph.
RIPON - Amber Hilvers searched for the words, trying her hardest not to sound disrespectful.
All that matters is who leads at the end. For the Ripon Christian girls' basketball team, that is a good thing.
Lathrop junior Isaiah Ellis put on a show in front of the home crowd Friday night.
In a game that featured a head-to-head showdown between the Valley Oak League's two best senior post players, it was the guards who made the difference.
Weston Ranch put Friday's Valley Oak League ball game against Sierra solely in the hands of standout sophomore Jaelen Ragsdale.
Don't let the records fool you.
RIPON – Tiana Chacon has been an All-Trans Valley League first-team third baseman the past two seasons.