There were moments when East Union coach Jim Agostini had to remind himself that little, if anything, was on the line during Tuesday's reunion with Sonora at Bud Castle Gym.
Rubel Dehal and Elizabeth Tolbert had clean looks at the basket in attempts to force an overtime period, but both of their shots rimmed out in Manteca's 43-40 loss to visiting Laguna Creek on Monday.
LATHROP - Lathrop managed only five first-period points Monday and never recovered in a 72-46 loss to visiting Beyer-Modesto in non-league boys basketball action.
Tournament host Ripon made a run in the third quarter and would not close the gap in losing to Cosumnes Oaks 58-42 in the championship game of the girls Ripon Winter Classic on Saturday.
Ripon finished tied for sixth place with Buhach Colony on Saturday in the 22-team field of the Morning Star Invitational at Los Banos High School.
After two big swings in the second half Saturday tournament host Ripon managed a layup with a minute left and held on over Bret Harte 63-62 for the championship of the boys Ripon winter Classic.
Weston Ranch is heading to the championship game in one of the Central Section's most prestigious tournaments.
Cody Norman is back with his alma mater, coaching the Laguna Creek girls basketball team in Elk Grove.
Livingston buried three 3-pointers to lead 9-0 at the start of its nonleague game at Manteca High's Winter Gymnasium Friday night.
RIPON - Ripon Christian may no longer be in the Southern League for basketball, but its growing rivalry with Mariposa lives on.
TRACY - Ryan Tarr had seen enough.
TRACY - With four reserves checking in at the scorer's table, Lathrop coach Nathan McGrath left them with one simple message:
Unhappy with his team's defensive effort in its last outing, Manteca coach Brett Lewis challenged the Buffaloes tighten things up for their first-round contest with Merced in the Running with the Pack Tournament held at Cosumnes Oaks of Elk Grove on Thursday.
East Union withstood a tremendous rally by visiting Ripon in the final minute, but the Indians couldn't take advantage of the extra chances created by five rebounds.
FRESNO – Jaelen Ragsdale scored 25 points to lead four players in double figures as the Weston Ranch boys basketball team cruised to victory in the opening round of the Holiday Invitational Tournament.
Lathrop's last three baskets from the field were from beyond the 3-point arc and with the shot clock running down on each shot, keeping host East Union from mounting a late comeback as the Spartans left Dalben Center with a 65-55 Valley Oak League boys basketball victory Wednesday.
MODESTO - Central Catholic coach Mike Wilson had three different players match up with Joshua Patton, Sierra's 6-foot-8 standout heading to Sacramento State.
Isabella Rivera was surrounded by friends and family during National Letter of Intent Day.
STOCKTON -Weston Ranch used its superior speed and quickness to dismantle visiting Oakdale in Wednesday's Valley Oak League affair, 61-46.
Hard-luck Ripon suffered its fourth loss in five games Tuesday, as a layup to tie it in the end was off the mark in a 49-47 loss to Hughson.
The week started with sobering news for the Ripon Christian boys basketball team.
LATHROP - The offensive woes continued for Lathrop on Tuesday, and matters have been made worse with the Spartans' two best players out for the rest of the season with injuries.
Manteca resident Aysia Cortez's toughest challenger in Saturday's 3rd Annual Lady Eagle Invitational was the scale.
Sierra staved off a second-half barrage to complete its season sweep of visiting Oakdale in a 50-46 Valley Oak League victory Tuesday.
Three Lathrop wrestlers came up a match short of a medal in the Rumble in the Jungle VIII at Pitman High School in Turlock.
Chris Teevan turned the game into a chess match, just as he had promised, sending five fast-action guards at the reigning Valley Oak League champions.
Early on, East Union High kept pace with crosstown rival Buffaloes before a jam-packed crowd at Winter Gymnasium on Friday.
In his fifth season, coach Alex Nuanez has the Sierra High wrestling program trending in the right direction.
ESCALON – Aaron Paschini scored 10 of his game-high 28 points in the fourth quarter, fueling Ripon's late surge in a 53-49 victory on Friday night.
RIPON – The Ripon Christian Knights may not have been at their best in Thursday's Trans-Valley League clash against visiting Hughson, but they did battle back after surviving an early cold spell.