For the area wrestlers chasing the dream of a berth into the California Interscholastic Federation State Championships, the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters is undoubtedly the biggest tournament of the season. Earning a trip to Bakersfield will mean closing out action in the Stockton Arena Saturday as one of the section's top seven wrestlers.
The East Union High girls basketball team kept it close early on against No. 2-ranked El Dorado on Thursday, but the Cougars took advantage of turnovers in the second round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs, rolling to a 50-41 win.
The season ended in Vacaville Thursday for the Ripon Christian girls basketball squad.
ELK GROVE - After putting a raucous Cosumnes Oaks student body on pins and needles with an 8-2 run to open the first-round Sac-Joaquin Section Division-III playoff contest, East Union lost its touch and fell 63-49 Wednesday.
WESTON RANCH - The Weston Ranch High boys basketball team passed the first test of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs.
RIPON - For a sophomore, Cole Herrin plays and acts like he's been there, done that.
Ripon Christian opened the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-V playoffs just as is expected from the tournament's No. 1 seed, demolishing Tioga High of Groveland 69-35 Wednesday.
The area's three remaining girls basketball teams are each one win away from qualifying for NorCals while advancing into the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs semifinal round.
For the remainder of the season it is win at all costs, and that was obviously the mindset for the East Union Lancers in their 58-48 Sac-Joaquin Section Division-III first-round win over Dixon High Tuesday at the Dalben Center.
Defense helped Manteca High overcome dry spells on the offensive end Tuesday in its first-round showdown with 12th-seeded Natomas in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-III girls basketball playoffs.
RIPON - In the end, it didn't matter that the Ripon Christian girls basketball team nearly surrendered a 20-point lead and virtually invited the visiting Victory Christian Vikings into a game they were never in.
Being the second best team in the Trans Valley League was not good enough to earn Ripon High's girls basketball team a home game in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV playoffs, and it proved costly in the Indians' 78-68 overtime loss to Linden High Tuesday.
The Sierra High girls basketball barely earned one of 16 Sac-Joaquin Section Division-III playoff berths, but getting in earned the Timberwolves a matchup with the tourney's No. 1 seed,
WESTON RANCH - The season came to crashing halt Tuesday for the Weston Ranch High girls varsity basketball team.
Even though blue-chip prospect Josiah Turner, a 6-foot-3 point guard bound for Arizona, was dismissed by the team last month, Sacramento High may still be favored to defend its Division-III crown in the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.
RIPON - Ripon Christian coach Ed Mulder believes his team took forward steps in its two setbacks in the 22nd Annual Lady Knights Invitational.
DUBLIN - Sierra started strong Wednesday but needed an even better finish to pull off a 44-42 win over Los Banos in the Pearl Division championship ...
DIXON - Aaron Paschini helped spark his team with ball-hawking defense, which led to a whole lot of offense for Ripon's standout junior guard.
TRACY – Manteca started the first half with a press and the second half with a half-court defense, and both schemes worked well with the Buffaloes ...
SALIDA – Jaelen Ragsdale displayed some of his offensive arsenal at the Modesto Christian Holiday Hoop Classic on Tuesday.
TRACY - East Union was as cold in the fourth quarter as it was hot in the opening period in Tuesday's Tracy Breakfast Lions/Tom ...
TRACY - Lathrop rebounded from Monday's double-digit loss to Valley Oak League rival East Union by playing good, solid defense in a 53-41 win over ...
DIXON - Ripon used big scoring outbursts in the first and third quarters to blow past Sonoma Valley 69-43 in a winners-bracket semifinal of the Ram ...
DUBLIN - Sierra's girls basketball team followed up one blowout with an even bigger one in the West Coast Jamboree.
SALIDA - In an intense and sometimes-chippy showdown between two of the top boys basketball teams in Northern California, Modesto Christian's depth and energy prevailed ...
TRACY - East Union closed out the first half on a 9-3 run and started the third quarter with an 8-0 spurt to pull away from ...
RIPON - With only six teams in the 22nd annual Lady Knights Invitational, host Ripon Christian was forced to come up with a unique format to ...
DIXON - It wasn't always pretty, but it was another win for Ripon's boys basketball team.
MODESTO – Weston Ranch's Chedrick Ordonez had only one basket, but it was a big basket.
MODESTO – Despite enjoying a 17-point lead midway through the second quarter, it took a jumper by Tydus Verhoeven in the game's closing seconds to ...