To overcome their size deficiencies, East Union and Manteca High's girls basketball teams worked on picking up the pace over their non-league schedules.
Modesto Christian and Turlock Christian aren't sporting winning records, but don't be fooled.
Ripon Christian's exodus from the Trans Valley League came at a good time, but that doesn't mean the Knights will have it easy in the Southern League where traditional power Mariposa and the Sac-Joaquin Section's leading scorer, Turlock Christian's Brandon Rogers, await.
Milestones were reached.
TRACY - A valuable lesson was learned by Manteca High's girls basketball team Thursday in the championship round of the Tom Hawkins/Tracy Breakfast Lions Tournament at Tracy High.
East Union's girls basketball team is ready for the Valley Oak League season to come.
The Sierra High girls varsity basketball squad closed out non-league play Thursday with a 38-26 win over visiting Ceres.
If offense wins games, Sierra High proved Thursday afternoon that defense can win championships.
Despite getting off to a sluggish start, Ripon High erupted Thursday morning to handily down Ribet Academy of Los Angeles 62-44 in the 13th place game of the Modesto Christian Holiday Hoops Classic.
Ripon showed its moxie Thursday morning by dealing Sierra of Fresno a 39-35 loss in a hard-fought and aggressive matchup for 11th place in the sapphire bracket of the West Coast Jamboree at Brentwood's Heritage High.
LATHROP – The Spartans closed out the preseason Wednesday with a 68-44 loss to visiting Chavez High.
BRENTWOOD - George Contente looked skyward with fingers crossed behind his neck - body language for "Go figure."
TRACY - Bad news first: Lathrop High's girls basketball team dropped its seventh straight game Wednesday, losing 41-30 to Patterson in Day 3 of the Tom Hawkins/Tracy Breakfast Lions Tournament at West High.
The Timberwolves will play Enochs today for the championship of the Robert Dominik Fuchs Memorial Holiday Classic.
The Vos brothers surely left their mark in Ripon Christian's 57-47 boys basketball victory over Patterson Wednesday in the Oakdale Tournament.
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.
Ripon Christian rolls into Trans-Valley League with some positive momentum after its come-from-behind win at Atwater on Monday.
It's out with the old and in with the old in the Trans-Valley League.