AUBURN - Weston Ranch was thrown straight into the fire to kick off the Placer Duals Tournament Saturday at Placer High in Auburn, facing Galena of Nevada and Wood Creek of Sacramento, two top-notch outfits in its first two matches.
LATHROP - They may spell their names differently, but Saturday at Lathrop High, Edy Guzman and Eddie Andrade appeared awfully similar in one important category: Scoring the basketball.
RIPON -Tyler Goslinga was automatic from the field, but not so much from the free-throw line.
Coming off its first loss of the Valley Oak League campaign and heading into a monster week, it was important for Manteca High to shut down last-place Oakdale Friday night at Winter Gym.
Continuing his bid for the Valley Oak League's Most Valuable Player honors, Sierra High's Christian Williams added another highlight to his ever-growing resumé, dropping 39 on Ceres Friday night in a 69-59 home win.
RIPON – Brandon Petratis' rattled in a layup with 3.7 seconds left for Ripon's deciding points in a thrilling 48-47 victory over visiting rival Ripon Christian Friday in Trans Valley League sophomore boys basketball action.
RIPON – Pretty it was not.
Sonora got the right person the ball at the right spot and the right time.
After trailing for most of the contest Thursday night at Sierra High, the Timberwolves had a golden opportunity slip through their fingers as Ceres sent home a key offensive putback with moments left in regulation to claim a 53-51 overtime win.
RIPON – Ripon High sophomore Alissa Vickers nailed two free throws with 8.6 seconds left in overtime Thursday night at Ripon Christian to lift the Indians over the Knights, 39-38.
When it rains, it pours.
WESTON RANCH - All Weston Ranch had to do was show up at its own gym and go through the motions with the young program's second Sac-Joaquin Section Team Duals Tournament berth already clinched.
STOCKTON – Joe Daretta was all ears Wednesday morning when Sac-Joaquin Section assistant commissioner John Williams was running through the list of league placements for the upcoming realignment.
After holding a 40-22 lead midway through the third quarter, it looked like Sierra wasn't going to have any problem dispatching the visiting Central Valley Hawks at home.
SONORA – C.J. Rivas sent home the game-winning offensive putback with seconds left on the clock Wednesday night in the foothills, as the Manteca High sophomore basketball team picked up a thrilling 40-39 win over Sonora.
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.
Jan. 15 seems so long ago for Sierra's girls basketball team.
The last time East Union and Oakdale got together, the Lancers' head coach Jim Agostini referred to it as one of the hardest losses the program has experienced.
Weston Ranch punctuated the game with a 9-0 run and avoided an upset loss at Lathrop 63-52 on Thursday.
By JAMES BURNS
Mikey Villanueva was down and almost out during Wednesday's Valley Oak League double dual at Dalben Center.
Sierra is going to the show.
RIPON – Ripon drew first blood during Wednesday's Trans Valley League matchup against its visiting rival Escalon.
The hardwood version of the Battle of I-5 again did not disappoint wednesday.
Scott Brooks' old East Union basketball jersey will be joined by another this Friday night when the Lancers host crosstown rival Manteca.
ESCALON - Twenty-point leads aren't safe when Escalon and Ripon get together for their Trans-Valley League confrontations.
STOCKTON - Weston Ranch no longer sits alone atop the girls Valley Oak League basketball standings.
East Union was already down a starter who was out with an illness.