RIPON - It didn't even matter Friday night that Ripon Christian head coach Ron Vander Molen still hasn't decided what his regular lineup will be.
The early-season struggles continued for Manteca High's boys basketball team Friday in the winner's-bracket semifinal of the Anderson Holiday Invitational.
The Sierra Timberwolves pounded Stagg High relentlessly, outscoring the Delta Queens in each quarter of a 63-24 win Friday in non-league action.
LATHROP – The Lathrop High's girls basketball team headed into the final period trailing Tracy by 10 points, and a pair of quick Tracy 3-pointers would eliminate the Spartans chances at a comeback in a 59-42 loss to the Bulldogs Thursday.
RIPON - Ripon Christian's girls basketball team may have lost do-it-all forward Kelsey Tillema to graduation, but the Knights have gained depth.
When the weather changes and the wrestling rooms become packed, high school grapplers are honing their skills in hopes of stretching their seasons into the always climactic Sac-Joaquin Section second-season. For a few area wrestlers, finishing the season with a trip to State is their sole purpose on the mat this year.
Sierra High's boys basketball team struggled to convert shots taken inside the 3-point arc Tuesday against visiting Ripon.
By the time the Manteca High girls basketball team's offensive exploits caught up to those of their defense, there was nothing Patterson High could do to stop the onslaught, mustering just four first-half points on their way to a 50-16 loss Tuesday.
WESTON RANCH - In a much anticipated battle of the area young guns, the Weston Ranch High boys varsity basketball squad was blown away on its home court by McNair Tuesday, 72-52.
Lathrop High's first-ever varsity boys basketball victory didn't come as easily as head coach J.J. Ramirez had hoped Tuesday.
In a game played at a high-tempo, and sometimes wildly out-of-control, pace Monday, it took a deep breath and poise at the free-throw line to finally decide it.
Ripon High's girls basketball team posted its third straight victory decided by at least 20 points, and fourth overall, with a 62-21 pummeling of first-year varsity Kimball at home Monday.
The East Union and Ripon High girls' basketball teams will battle for more than just a non-league victory when they square off for the fifth straight year next Saturday at Dalben Center.
STOCKTON – Weston Ranch finished the day 3-2 Saturday and brought home the Division 3 first-place trophy in its own Cougar Duals.
The Ripon Christian girls basketball team had one focus when they came into the Lady Huskies Tournament title game Saturday, and the squad was able to accomplish that task with a 51-47 win over host Hughson for the preseason tournament title.
Noah Lehmann has a knack for being at the right place at the right time, the deceptive speed to blow by defenders and the requisite finishing touch of a striker.
Manteca returned to its winning ways Thursday when it dispatched visiting Sierra, 6-3.
Sierra remains on the heels of Valley Oak League-leading East Union after notching a decisive 242-271 win over Central Catholic at Manteca Park Golf Course Thursday.
Central Catholic remains in the driver's seat for the Valley Oak League championship after the conference's newest member knocked off defending titlist Manteca 6-3 for a second time this season.
LATHROP - With just two goals scored in the game's first 60 minutes, Manteca and Lathrop combined for three in a five-minute span in Wednesday's Valley Oak League contest at Bennie Gatto Field.
Ripon was undaunted by its first Trans-Valley League assignment Wednesday.
Weston Ranch coach Francisco Cisneros could sense the frustration mounting from his Cougars in the first half of their Valley Oak League match at Oakdale on wednesday.
Brooke Riley capped off an impressive week Wednesday, shooting 5-under-par 31 on the links-style front nine at Tracy's Old River Golf Course, as East Union continued its Valley Oak League title defense with a 205-225 win against host Kimball.
Taylor Bays can serve. And she can dig, too.
RIPON - Nothing is coming easy in what is shaping up to be a competitive Southern League boys soccer season.
East Union kept host Weston Ranch on its heels thanks to big serving runs from Jordyn Posz and Destiny Flores.
The weather is expected to cooperate for today's Valley Oak League rematch between Manteca and Central Catholic, which was originally postponed because of rain last Thursday.
Brooke Riley's round didn't end as well as she had hoped during East Union's Valley Oak League dual match at Oakdale Golf and Country Club on Tuesday.
Scoring was at a premium Saturday when the Manteca Jr. Timberwolves junior novice squad locked up with the Tracy Jr. Bulldogs, who prevailed 6-0 in Delta Youth Football League action.
STOCKTON - The blond streak in Esteban Paramo's hair may have started as a personal statement of style, but it's come to symbolize something much bigger.