Sierra High made the trip north to take on the Tokay Tigers and outstanding defensive play helped the Timberwolves return victorious, holding the Tigers in check on their home court in a 48-38 win over Tokay Wednesday in preseason action.
RIPON - Just moments after Ripon High's standout 215-pound wrestler, Travis Smith, posted the fastest pin of the night, heavyweight Mike Goldberg of Lathrop did his even faster - and quickness isn't a trait you'd normally associate with the weight class.
Missed free throws nearly cost Sierra High's girls basketball team Tuesday at Beyer.
RIPON - The first four minutes were far from perfect for Ripon Christian, but things got straightened out in a hurry. The Knights jumped all over the visiting Hughson Huskies with a first half run and never let up in a 55-18 blowout Tuesday.
In a battle of defending league champions, it was host Modesto High of the Modesto Metro Conference that prevailed 51-45 over East Union.
MODESTO – Despite a 10-2 run by Golden Valley midway through the fourth quarter Saturday in the Consolation Championship of the Modesto City Classic, East Union found itself in position to send the game into overtime with two 3-point attempts by Brandon Cline in the closing seconds. Both long tries rimmed out and the Cougars escaped with a 65-62 win at Johansen High School.
West High of Tracy had East Union beat on the look test.
The East Union Lancers once again relied on sharp-shooting and solid defense to take a step further in the Modesto City Classic Friday night by downing Los Banos 56-45 and secure their second victory of the season.
The combination of strong defense and sure-shooting helped the Ripon Christian girls cruise to its second victory in as many nights, this time by a 48-28 margin over the Downey Knights in the consolation championship of the Escalon Tournament Friday.
Manteca High freshman forward Tia Tuuga said she was nervous, but she did a horrible job of showing it in her varsity debut Thursday at Winter Gymnasium.
For the second straight night, Manteca High's boys basketball team didn't get off to a good start, but this had nothing to do with lazy defense or a cold-shooting offense.
LATHROP - The Ripon High girls varsity basketball team incorporated tough pressure defense to go with plenty of hustle plays while routing the Spartans in Thursday's non-league game.
An improved defensive performance proved to be the key for the Ripon Christian girls basketball team in its second game of the season Thursday night.
STOCKTON - After defeating St. Mary's 48-24 Tuesday night due in part to seven Rams forfeits, East Union found itself up by five points going into its last bout of the night with Sarah Phillips needing to avoid being pinned to give the Lancers a win over host Bear Creek.
MODESTO - The Modesto City Classic's defending champion got a big wake-up call during opening-round of the 16-team tournament at Modesto High Wednesday.
In a matchup between two prolific outside shooting teams Wednesday, it was defense and accuracy from the free-throw line that made all the difference for ...
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.