Surrounded by teammates who made the hours-long drive to cheer her on at the CIF State Championships, a defeated Brooke Riley finally let her guard down.
By JONAMAR JACINTO
Anna Cardenas strived to be No. 1 - on her own team.
Ripon was in a dogfight during the championship game of its own Winter Classic Tournament Saturday night.
Sierra's sophomore captain Kayla Wilson led the way with 13 points during Saturday's preseason contest on the road against Riverbank.
With the absence of senior guard Jessica Hasal on Friday night, Manteca's junior tandem of Chelsea Gomez and Fechi Nkwocha stepped up significantly at Winter Gym.
Allie Walljasper made it official with LSU during her signing day party at Sierra High Friday afternoon.
RIPON - Two wins, two different reactions.
By JONAMAR JACINTO
Sierra was outscored 20-1 in the second quarter of its nonleague contest at Franklin of Stockton on Thursday.
Sierra turned the ball over on its first two possessions of the second overtime Wednesday night, and Tokay's T.J. Gotelli scored six consecutive points to help the visiting Tigers pull out a wild 66-63 double-overtime victory.
LATHROP - Lathrop High's girls basketball team deserved a little break in what has been a rigged a pre-league schedule so far.
Ripon High's wrestling team earned its first dual victory of the season Wednesday, outlasting visiting Denair, 48-36.
RIPON - As the saying goes, "It's better to be lucky than to be good."
Kayla Wilson drained a pair of free throws with eight seconds left in the fourth quarter, and that proved to be the difference in a 41-39 win for host Sierra over previously undefeated Ripon on Tuesday in non-league girls basketball action.
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.