The first-place Timberwolves displayed purpose, poise and passion East Union Friday.
RIPON - Ripon Christian's boys basketball team has been so dominant in the Southern League this season that it has to find ways to challenge itself.
After the first meeting for the two clubs in Valley Oak League action, Weston Ranch knew exactly what the Weston Ranch Cougars were capable of. That alone was enough to keep the Cougars focused, overcoming a halftime deficit on their way to a 66-52 win Friday.
Shalane Jackson had a career night at Sierra High on Friday.
It's February last year.
Ripon Christian's girls basketball team made its longest trip for a Southern League game Thursday and returned home with its most gratifying win of the season so far.
East Union left little to be assumed when it came to the city's most dominant wrestling program after claiming wins over Sierra and Manteca. The city's No. 2 spot goes to Manteca, which edged out Manteca 36-27 in the Valley Oak League finale.
Tiare Tu'uga was out with a dislocated shoulder.
When Ripon outwrestled Escalon to start the Trans-Valley league season it was just a step in the right direction. Now that early-season win is the foundation layer to the Indians first undefeated run to the championship since 2003.
The Weston Ranch Cougars finished off a season where they did nearly everything right, one victory short of the Valley Oak League championship. Yet, the Cougars will still advance to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III Team-Duals after closing the VOL season with a pair of wins Wednesday.
It was business as usual for the Manteca High girls varsity basketball squad.
WESTON RANCH - For the better part of three and a half quarters, East Union looked more than on its way to a Valley Oak League upset win over the Weston Ranch Cougars. Over the game's final 2:45 that would change, and the Cougars would do just enough for a 47-43 win Tuesday.
Sierra High's boys basketball team won its first six Valley Oak League games by an average margin of nearly 23 points with Oakdale coming the closest with an eight-point loss.
The roller-coaster relationship of one-third of a highly-touted Weston Ranch trio of juniors is now enrolled at Modesto Christian in Salida and planning on playing hoops for the Crusaders for his senior campaign.
The Lathrop girls basketball team has been able to count on a victory when they meet up with the Oakdale Mustangs, and nothing about that changed Tuesday as the Spartans finished off the Mustangs with a 48-35 Valley Oak League win.
RIPON - Ripon missed two free throws, a put-back and an open 3-pointer on the final possession of its nonleague tilt with East Union on Wednesday.
LATHROP - Lathrop ended a two-game slide Wednesday and didn't need sophomore Junior Ballard to score more than 30 points to do so.
RIPON - For the second time this season, Ripon Christian High fell to Calaveras.
While St. Mary's gives up size against most teams, Manteca - with three starters at 6-foot-8 or taller - could struggle against the quicker ones.
TRACY - East Union's Olivia Vezaldenos flirted with a triple-double Tuesday, and the Lancers outscored host Tracy 20-4 before running away with a 56-34 non-league ...
LATHROP - Lathrop High played with a certain tenacity against visiting Pitman on Tuesday.
TURLOCK - Jess Spivey once again provided much of the offense for Sierra, but it was defense that helped the Timberwolves conquer Turlock 45-28 in a ...
GALT - With Lathrop trailing by 16 at halftime to undefeated Liberty Ranch, coach Nathan McGrath asked his sophomore to carry the load offensively over the ...
MODESTO - It took a quarter for East Union to shake off the cobwebs for Monday's nonleague tilt at Downey.
East Union finished second Saturday at the Bear Creek Invitational in Stockton and for the second year in a row the Lancers' Jaysen Reindel was ...
The Sierra girls salvaged a win Saturday in the Trojan Clash at Lincoln-Stockton with a 53-33 victory over Mt. Pleasant-San Jose.
Finally, Sierra came out on the right side of a close one.
STOCKTON - It was déjà vu all over again for the Sierra boys basketball team Friday, and not in a good way.
STOCKTON - It was a tough go Friday for Sierra High against Beyer in a consultation bracket game of the Trojans Clash Girls hoop tournament.
Cal-Hi Sports playfully calls it the "We Got Beat by Ripon Bowl."