RIPON - For a sophomore, Cole Herrin plays and acts like he's been there, done that.
Ripon Christian opened the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-V playoffs just as is expected from the tournament's No. 1 seed, demolishing Tioga High of Groveland 69-35 Wednesday.
The area's three remaining girls basketball teams are each one win away from qualifying for NorCals while advancing into the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs semifinal round.
For the remainder of the season it is win at all costs, and that was obviously the mindset for the East Union Lancers in their 58-48 Sac-Joaquin Section Division-III first-round win over Dixon High Tuesday at the Dalben Center.
Defense helped Manteca High overcome dry spells on the offensive end Tuesday in its first-round showdown with 12th-seeded Natomas in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-III girls basketball playoffs.
RIPON - In the end, it didn't matter that the Ripon Christian girls basketball team nearly surrendered a 20-point lead and virtually invited the visiting Victory Christian Vikings into a game they were never in.
Being the second best team in the Trans Valley League was not good enough to earn Ripon High's girls basketball team a home game in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV playoffs, and it proved costly in the Indians' 78-68 overtime loss to Linden High Tuesday.
The Sierra High girls basketball barely earned one of 16 Sac-Joaquin Section Division-III playoff berths, but getting in earned the Timberwolves a matchup with the tourney's No. 1 seed,
WESTON RANCH - The season came to crashing halt Tuesday for the Weston Ranch High girls varsity basketball team.
Even though blue-chip prospect Josiah Turner, a 6-foot-3 point guard bound for Arizona, was dismissed by the team last month, Sacramento High may still be favored to defend its Division-III crown in the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.
With five teams qualifying and three Manteca Unified schools hosting a first-round game, the Valley Oak League is well-represented in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-III girls basketball playoffs - so far.
Good news first: Sierra High's two losses to end the Valley Oak League girls basketball season last week had no effect on its postseason chances.
EL DORADO HILLS – Closing the Sac-Joaquin Section Divisional Wrestling tournaments with a berth into the SJS Masters meet was the primary goal, but Weston Ranch's Donnell Simms was able to take it a step further by winning the 189-pound championship on his way to the Masters.
Weston Ranch's boys basketball team was expected to contend for the Valley Oak League title this season, even with three sophomores in the starting lineup.
One team was trying to close out a frustrating season with one last quality effort.
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."
STOCKTON - Sierra High had a two-possession cushion with under two minutes left in the first overtime against Fresno, but the Timberwolves were done in by ...
TURLOCK - After coasting to the Big Valley Christian Holiday Classic title against smaller schools last week, Ripon is being tested against the big boys in ...
STOCKTON - Sierra found its spark late in the first half, but it didn't carry over into the second.