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Triplett closes invitation with Section Crown
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STOCKTON – After it was all said and done Ripon High standout Juliana Triplett cemented her dominance on the girls wrestling scene with a Sac-Joaquin Section Girls Wrestling championship Saturday at McNair High.

Triplett outlasted Heather O’Conner of Vintage High for the 165-lb title.

Ripon also got a solid performance from 114-lb Hailey Owens, who finished up the invitational with a third place finish. Her efforts combined with Triplett’s gave Ripon a sixth-place overall finish with 41 points, just 18 points behind fifth place finisher Napa High.

Area standout Sarah Phillips improved on an already impressive freshman season, earning a runner-up finish in the invitational’s 98-lb bracket.

Phillips was beaten by Annebelle Molina of Jesse Bethel for the tournament championship. Molina’s Jaguars teammates were the tournament’s top school, accumulating 183.5 points over the two-day tournament.


LODI – In the next to final announcement of the Sac-Joaquin Section’s basketball power ratings before the postseason gets underway, the Manteca High  boys basketball team (12-1, 19-5)  jumped one spot to the No. 5 seed of the division III ratings. Sierra High (9-3, 16-7) climbed three spots to the No. 13 seed, while Weston Ranch (8-4, 12-11) slipped from the No. 11 spot to No. 17.

East Union (6-6, 11-11) was able to make a one-spot climb to the No. 18 seed, directly behind Valley Oak League counter-part Weston Ranch.

Ripon High (4-2, 11-10) saw drastic improvements, catapulting eight spots to the division IV No. 12 seed, while Trans Valley League mate Ripon Christian (3-3, 14-5) felt the effects of a pair of league losses, falling from the division V’s No. 1 seed to No. 4.

The girls ratings saw the East Union Lancers (11-1, 19-4) take a one-step climb to the No. 6 seed of the division III bracket, while the Weston Ranch Cougars (6-6, 13-10) dropped six spots to the No. 18 slot. Sierra High (6-6, 11-11) stays in its same location at No. 19, one behind Weston Ranch.

Manteca (8-5, 15-9) avoided any downward motion, keeping a hold of the division’s No. 13 seed.

Ripon High (5-1, 11-8), like Manteca, avoided any slippage, holding in firmly as the division IV No. 9 seed, while Ripon Christian (3-3, 8-10) dropped a single spot to the division V No. 11 seed.

— Jagada Chambers