Category Archives: High School Sports

Coverage of High School Sports in the Stockton, California area.

Know Thine Enemy: Ayala Bulldogs

When you hear that the Manteca boys basketball team’s CIF State championship matchup is against a team from Chino Hills, it might drop your jaw to the ground. After all, Chino Hills High is the No. 1-rated high school basketball team in the nation, and faces Concord-De La Salle for a CIF State Open Division [...]

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Gameday Preview: Bishop O’Dowd at Weston Ranch

One phrase comes to mind for a No. 8 seed in a Division III bracket, that is in actuality a reigning CIF State Open Division champion. Bracket-buster. And eighth-seeded Oakland-Bishop O’Dowd boys basketball is attempting to become exactly that, visiting No. 1 Weston Ranch in a CIF NorCal Division III quarterfinal at 6 p.m. today [...]

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East Union softball No. 10 in state

The East Union softball team has a history of recent excellence. But this may be the best we’ve ever seen the Lancers. East Union is No. 10 in Cal-Hi Sports’ Preseason Softball State Rankings: No. 3 in Northern California and tops in the Sac-Joaquin Section. The Lancers went 30-3 in 2015, and as the No. [...]

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Party of Five: Area boys teams in Div. I bracket

To say the five area boys basketball teams in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I bracket have a difficult road ahead of them is like saying The Rolling Stones have had a hard time saying goodbye to touring. Well, duh. No. 8 St. Mary’s is the only area team with a home game, facing No. 9 [...]

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Weston Ranch, Manteca stand strong in NorCal rankings

  The Weston Ranch boys basketball team has history in its hands. Weston Ranch is No. 1 in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoff bracket, and ranked No. 14 in Northern California in the latest regional rankings via MaxPreps and The Sacramento Bee’s Joe Davidson. The Cougars have won 14 consecutive games, all in the [...]

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Nine Area Wrestlers in State Rankings

High school wrestling’s schedule is funny. While many of the regular-season tournaments are prestigious, like the Doc Buchanan Invitational in Clovis, it’s back-loaded so that the drama comes in February and March. It’s that time of year, as the boys wrestling divisional meets are today and Saturday, the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters are Feb. 26 and [...]

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Girls Basketball Power Rankings Vol. VII:

  The area girls basketball hierarchy has held firm for a month now. St. Mary’s, the national No. 1 team via media outlets like ESPN and USA Today, is the obvious top dog in my latest Girls Basketball Power Rankings. The Rams are 22-0, on a 51-game winning streak dating to December 2014 and on [...]

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Boys Basketball Power Rankings: Vol. VII

  You know the atmosphere was going to be “live” or “rowdy”, colloquialisms of current Northern California teenagers, when St. Mary’s Morelli Gym had a different entrance than usual on Friday night. Upon entering through the snack bar on the right side of the gym, it became apparent that every seat in the house was [...]

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February Madness: SJAA Boys Playoff Scenarios

We’re six days away from the Sac-Joaquin Section boys and girls basketball playoff brackets being released. It’s that time of year, people. It’s palpable. Basketball playoffs are unlike any other. Just ask Jimmy Chitwood: #IllMakeIt With that in mind, the San Joaquin Athletic Association boys hoops slate finishes tonight, with McNair-Bear Creek, Franklin-Edison and Chavez-Stagg. [...]

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Weston Ranch, Manteca in NorCal Top 25

The Weston Ranch and Manteca boys basketball teams are both included in the lastest NorCal Top 25 rankings, written by The Sacramento Bee’s Joe Davidson and presented by MaxPreps. Weston Ranch (20-4, 11-0 Valley Oak League), which has clinched at least a share of the VOL championship, is top-rated by The Record and is No. [...]

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