Category Archives: High School Sports

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

Countdown to Tipoff: Girls No. 4, Zahria Hendrix

You can’t teach many of the things that make Zahria Hendrix a great basketball player. Hendrix, a senior guard for the Lincoln girls hoops team, is superb in transition: whether it be creating a turnover on defense or slashing to the basket and scoring on offense. Not to mention, she’s excellent in a halfcourt offense, [...]

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Countdown to Tipoff: Girls No. 5, Ariel Johnson

Ariel Johnson could very well be higher on this list before the season’s over. Johnson, an incoming junior guard for the St. Mary’s girls basketball team, has remarkable control on offensive, driving to the basket and making plays in the open court for the press-happy Rams. It’s a fun time to be a Rams fan, [...]

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Countdown to Tipoff: Boys No. 5, Ephraim Estell

Ephraim Estell is what modern basketball is all about. Estell is tall, fast, strong and with the ability to throw down or cinematic dunk or hit a deep jumper if need be. The 6-foot-6, now-senior averaged 12 points, 10 rebounds and three assists as West finished third in the Tri-City Athletic League and advanced to [...]

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Countdown to Tipoff: Girls No. 6, Lianna Tillman

The Pacific women’s basketball team, under second-year coach Bradley Davis, values speed, comfort in transition and an ability to shoot from long distance. That’s modern basketball, after all. And it seems like the Tigers have a good fit in incoming recruit Lianna Tillman. Tillman, a senior guard on the Lincoln girls basketball team, can be [...]

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Countdown to Tipoff: Boys No. 6, Dwight Young

  Dwight Young was already a bad man entering the 2015-16 basketball season. His 3-point stroke was silky and deadly, and his free-throw shooting brought to mind vintage Steve Nash. Any time the Buffaloes had a lead late, Young would get fouled and put the game away. He kept up his sharpshooting ways down the stretch, [...]

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Player of the Game: Tre Jenkins III

Tre Jenkins III showed just how versatile he and the Rams could be. Jenkins, a junior on a very senior-heavy team, nabbed two interceptions (one of them SportsCenter worthy) with a fumble recovery and sizable return as the No. 2 St. Mary’s football team hammered seventh-seeded Turlock-Pitman 44-7 in a Sac-Joaquin Section Division I quarterfinal [...]

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Countdown to Tipoff: Boys No. 7, Milton Jordan

Without his due fanfare or a ton of media attention, Milton Jordan has played some remarkable offensive basketball for Franklin High. Jordan, a senior shooting guard, has averaged roughly 25 points, four rebounds and three assists pre game. He was pivotal in a Renaissance of sorts for Franklin last year, where the Yellowjackets stayed in [...]

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Countdown to Tipoff: Girls No. 7, Neenah Young

In the last game of her freshman season, Neenah Young’s potential really started to show. Young, now a 5-foot-10 guard-forward combo and a junior, got playing time in St. Mary’s 76-69 win over Santa Ana-Mater Dei in the 2015 CIF State Open Division championship game at Cal’s Haas Pavilion in Berkeley. Instead of being intimidated [...]

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Countdown to Tipoff: Girls No. 8, Celeste Almendarez

From the first time Celeste Almendarez played varsity basketball, you could tell she belonged. Almendarez played as a freshman at Lincoln, and already had the tenacity, speed and court sense of a senior. She transferred to Edison as a sophomore, and was the catalyst for the Vikings as the won the San Joaquin Athletic Association [...]

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Countdown to Tipoff: Boys No. 8, Tre Simmons

Tre Simmons has the talent, experience, and yes, the pain to draw from to have a historic senior season. As a sophomore, Simmons was a member of the Weston Ranch boys basketball team that lost in the Sac-Joaquin Section finals to Sierra. As a junior, Simmons transferred and was a starting guard for Brookside Christian, [...]

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