RIPON – It seemed as if nothing would stop sophomore point guard Dan Vos from leading his team to victory over the Ripon Indians Saturday in a non-league matchup, and that was the case as Vos' efforts helped clip the Indians 62-48 in front of the home crowd.
We already know TeeJay Gordon, the flashy guard who can heat up from the perimeter and create for himself and his teammates as good as anyone in the Valley Oak League.
Ripon High was not sure if Riverbank standout Zach Gonzalez would be in the lineup after missing the Bruins' most recent action with an ankle injury.
LATHROP - The Lathrop High girls basketball team was seeking its first Valley Oak League win against visiting Kimball on Thursday.
East Union girls basketball coach Jim Agostini punched the air with a right cross after Salina Tiscareno's jumper from the right wing gave the Lancers their first lead, 28-26, with 2:44 left in the third quarter against visiting rival Manteca.
The drive to Sonora is always worth the trip when a team is able to return with a victory over the Wildcats, and that was the case for both Sierra and Manteca High School's wrestling programs in a Valley Oak League double-dual Wednesday.
After being slugged with a 14-2 run in the second quarter and a 10-0 run to start third, Sierra High's girls basketball team still found itself trailing by five points with four minutes to play, but the Timberwolves would come no closer in a 60-47 Valley Oak League loss to visiting Weston Ranch Wednesday.
The Sierra Timberwolves held a slim three-point advantage on the undefeated Weston Ranch Cougars, but the Timberwolves could not hold them off, falling to Weston Ranch 56-40 at home Thursday in sophomore girls basketball.
Ripon High's girls basketball team dominated in the post in its 55-25 drubbing of host Riverbank Thursday.
What started out as a slow-paced, uneventful boys basketball game ended up being decided by a free-throw shooting contest.
Weston Ranch had the challenge of not looking past the Kimball Jaguars in anticipation of its Valley Oak League boys basketball showdown with Sierra High. The Cougars passed with big numbers, rolling past the Jaguars 90-64 Wednesday in Stockton.
LATHROP -- With Lathrop High standing three matches from victory and East Union needing three consecutive pins to bring the match to a tie, the Lancers would only score two pins, giving Lathrop a fitting end to senior night with a 45-36 winWednesday in the Valley Oak League dual match.
Manteca High alumnus Paul Brogan will be inducted into the Cal State Stanislaus Athletics Hall of Fame on Feb. 19 at the campus' main dining hall.
After each match had been decided the match remained undecided but things would work out in the Lathrop High junior varsity wrestling team's favor, as the deciding criteria for a match that remained tied after seven separate ruling decisions rested up Lathrop's edge in first points scored in each match.
Hampered by cold shooting down the stretch, the East Union High boys varsity basketball squad suffered a 56-53 Valley Oak League loss Wednesday to visiting Sonora.
East Union expected Bear Creek to come out winging its best punches and got exactly that in a nonleague contest at Dalben Center on Tuesday.
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.