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Boys Basketball Power Rankings: Vol. IV

It was clear from the start Ephraim Estell and company were going to shake up The Record’s next large-school boys basketball power rankings. Though West is a big win or two away from cracking the top five, it upended No. 3 Lodi 82-71 on Friday night in Tracy. The junior Estell powered his way to [...]

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Aumavae, Grim, Guevara, Dancy named All-NorCal

The MaxPreps.com 2015 All-Northern California football team, written by The Sacramento Bee’s Joe Davidson, was released on Friday morning. St. Mary’s junior lineman Popo Aumavae leads the group as a first-team defensive lineman. Aumavae, a 6-foot-6 force for the Rams, already has six NCAA Division I offers, including Oregon. I’ve seen him wear Oregon socks, [...]

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Girls Basketball Power Rankings: Vol. III

Ho-hum. The St. Mary’s girls basketball team, now on a 46-game winning streak, is an obvious No. 1 once again in my Girls Basketball Power Rankings. Of course, the Rams are also ranked first in the Sac-Joaquin Section, the state and the nation. However, the switch between second and third is fascinating. Brookside Christian, last [...]

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Girls Basketball League Picks: CCAA, VOL, TCAL, SJAA

The Valley Oak League, Mother Lode League, Trans-Valley League and Central California Athletic Alliance girls basketball seasons have already begun, while the San Joaquin Athletic Association kicks off today and the Tri-City Athletic League starts on Thursday. Some leagues are top-heavy, some are ripe with parity and some are an absolute guess. Here are my [...]

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Boys Basketball Power Rankings: Vol. II

My boys basketball power rankings, for both large and small schools, have returned for a second edition. Both of the No. 1s are back, but the large-school pecking order had a major shuffle after more area teams from the SJAA and TCAL started playing against one another. Here are my new Top 5 lists, with [...]

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By the Numbers: Sierra-Manteca boys basketball rivalry

High school basketball season is finally serious. Manteca (11-2, 1-0 Valley Oak League) entertains Sierra (10-3, 1-0 VOL), at 7:15 p.m. today at Winter Gym, a great barometer for the heralded Buffaloes and the perhaps overlooked Timberwolves: reigning Sac-Joaquin Section Division III champions. Not to mention, a four-time defending VOL champion, with three league losses [...]

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McDonald, Tudor, Cayton, Wooten are All-American candidates

Kenny Wooten has a chance to make San Joaquin County history. Wooten, a 6-foot-8 forward and center for the Manteca boys basketball team, is on the list of candidates (and yes, it’s an impossibly long list, even from California alone, not counting the other 49 states) for the 2016 McDonald’s All-American boys game. Wooten is [...]

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Boys Basketball Power Rankings: Vol. I

The boys basketball league season begins today as the Valley Oak League, Mother Lode League and Central California Athletic Alliance begin in The Record’s coverage area. Though it’s way too early, and plenty of this is still guesswork, I’m beginning my weekly Prep Basketball Power Rankings with a top five for boys large and small [...]

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Boys Basketball Player of the Year Watchlist: Vol. I

The Record’s All-Area Football and Volleyball teams have been released. That means one thing: a total focus on high school sports’ winter season — boys and girls basketball and wrestling. I’m unveiling the first edition of my Boys Basketball Player of the Year Watchlist. It is chock full of prolific scorers and rebounders from across [...]

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Players to Watch: Sierra at Chowchilla

The Sierra football team is 48 minutes away from becoming the first CIF State champion in the city of Manteca, and the second from San Joaquin County, following the 2010 Escalon Cougars. To get there, Sierra (9-5) must beat host Chowchilla (12-2), the Central Section Division IV champion, which beat Los Angeles-Fairfax 28-16 in their [...]

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