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.
There was a moment early in the first quarter where it actually looked like visiting Lathrop High stood a chance against Sierra in Tuesday's Valley Oak League contest.
The Ripon High boys basketball team failed to come out and execute to open the contest, but their resiliency shined through in a last-ditch effort to upset the Modesto Christian Crusaders, pouring in 30 fourth quarter points in a 76-62 loss to the Crusaders Tuesday in Salida.
RIPON - Mario Roach considers Ripon an "up-and-down" team that forces a frenetic pace with defensive pressure and constant movement on offense.
Olivia Vezaldenos broke out of a recent scoring slump Friday and led East Union to a 46-38 win over visiting Lathrop at Dalben Center.
LATHROP - It came down to the final two matches of the night in the Valley Oak League wrestling tilt between East Union and Lathrop, and the host Spartans got two pins and a 45-33 victory Thursday.
Marcus Montano and the Manteca boys basketball team couldn't make a shot in the first quarter.
Sierra can now center its focus on the big games to come after steamrolling Kimball 59-38 on Thursday.
Ripon coach George Contente tested his team with a rugged schedule in the first month of the season, and it paid off in the Indians' Trans-Valley League opener Thursday.
STOCKTON - Fred Lavender and the Weston Ranch Cougars proved to be tough match up Lathrop.
Jessica Pablo missed East Union's final six pre-league contests after rolling an ankle in a game at Sonora.
Ripon shot 9 for 25 on free throws and missed 10 of 12 attempts down the stretch in a heartbreaking 66-65 loss at Livingston on Wednesday.
LATHROP - The Brijanee Moore Era ended just as it was getting started for Weston Ranch.
Typically, coaches will use wind sprints as a way to grab their team's attention.
LATHROP - In a showcase of underclassmen on the rise, win-starved Lathrop went to a third-year senior in the closing seconds of its Valley Oak League contest with East Union on Tuesday.
Defense led to a balanced scoring effort for Weston Ranch's ill-stricken boys basketball team, which limited host Oakdale to single-digit scoring in every quarter and routed host Oakdale, 68-23.
Anand Hundal celebrated his 16th birthday in a big way.
Manteca High boys basketball coach Brett Lewis said there has been little interest from college coaches when it comes to Anand Hundal, a blossoming 6-foot-8 center whose game has grown leaps and bounds in the past year.