ELK GROVE – The Weston Ranch Cougars handed a Reno High a sturdy fight, but a last second push from Reno provided the difference in the Cougars' 61-49 loss in the Mark Macres Tournament consolation championship.
With 4.4 seconds remaining in the contest the Manteca Buffaloes strolled out of their final timeout with only one chance at victory. The chance became reality when sophomore Jaqi Gutierrez nailed a desperation 3-pointer as time expired, sending the Buffaloe faithful into frenzy and the Pitman Pride home with a 57-55 loss.
STOCKTON – The East Union Lancers took on teams complete with wrestlers in each weight class, but were able to do battle short-staffed, still competing during the team-dual portion of the Bear Creek Tournament Friday at Delta College.
STOCKTON – The Weston Ranch Cougars wasted little time punching their ticket back to the Stagg Tournament championship, jumping out to a 10 point halftime lead before knocking off the host Delta Queens 68-49 in the tournament semi-final.
TURLOCK – The opportunity was there, but Manteca High was unable to take advantage.
LODI – The Cougars held a six-point halftime lead and they would not relinquish their lead, fighting off a stubborn Lincoln High of Stockton squad 57-53 to land a spot in the Tokay Tournament consolation championship.
GALT - The Hack-a-Shaq tactic didn't work for Chavez of Stockton in its Galt Warrior Classic opener against Ripon Christian Thursday.
STOCKTON – After missing her first attempt at sinking the go-ahead free throw with 20 seconds remaining in the game, Weston Ranch junior Timnesha Wilson took full advantage of her second try, pushing the Cougars up for good in their 51-50 win over Chavez High Thursday in the Stagg Tournament.
East Union High's sophomore girls basketball team used its defense to get going offensively in the first round of its own 10th Annual Camelot Classic at Dalben Center Thursday.
Lexy Posz and Shalane Jackson have quite the act to follow as East Union's new dynamic duo.
Ripon High running back and inside linebacker Nick Curtice highlights a contingent of area athletes selected to the all-Trans Valley League football team.
MODESTO - East Union hoped speed and deadly perimeter shooting would help overcome Enochs' overwhelming size advantage Wednesday, and for the most part they did.
With four wrestlers nursing various ailments, East Union High's wrestling team was swept in a non-league double-dual match at Dalben Center Tuesday.
With just over a minute left on the clock, every second that ticked away seemed like an eternity for the Sierra Timberwolves Tuesday.
RIPON – Matt Ratto has already shaken off of the early season cobwebs.
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.