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Boys Basketball Player of the Year Watchlist

The Sac-Joaquin Section basketball playoff brackets will be unveiled on Thursday, Feb. 18. With that in mind, here’s a long list for The Record’s All-Area Player of the Year Watchlist. Not every team posts statistics on MaxPreps.com, so we went with names only, partially because there are so many who are in the mix. We [...]

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Boys Basketball Power Rankings: Vol. VI

The St. Mary’s boys basketball team doesn’t have the dazzling raw talent of section- or league-championship teams past. Yet this group gets every single cent out of this season, and that continued last week. St. Mary’s topped West 70-66 Wednesday in Tracy, sweeping the Wolf Pack in their Tri-City Athletic League series and forcing a [...]

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Girls Basketball Power Rankings: Vol. IV

From the first possession, you knew it was the kind of game that St. Mary’s thrives in. The first half of the St. Mary’s-Lincoln girls basketball rivalry featured 28 total fouls, and a wash of sloppy-but-intense transition defense, steals and errant passes. The Rams live for that chaos. Sure enough, St. Mary’s strolled to a [...]

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The Record’s Girls Basketball Stat Leaders

We’re well into league play for girls basketball in Stockton, San Joaquin County and the Mother Lode, so without further ado, here are the top five statistical leaders for points, rebounds and assists per game from area players: (For purposes of keeping these players even closer to home, the two Mother Lode League teams I’m [...]

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St. Mary’s football schedules St. John Bosco

My eyes almost popped out of my head. I was standing at the Chavez-McNair wrestling dual meet tonight, working on a feature story on Eagles senior Roman Romero, when I saw a new tweet from St. Mary’s star lineman Popo Aumavae. The St. Mary’s football team had added Bellflower-St. John Bosco to its schedule. For [...]

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Boys Basketball Power Rankings: Vol. III

Thanks to Jaelen Ragsdale, the Cougars protected their perch atop my Boys Basketball Power Rankings for large schools in Stockton, San Joaquin County and the Mother Lode. Ragsdale, a Weston Ranch senior guard, scored 21 of his game-high 34 points in the fourth quarter, leading to a come-from-behind 72-68 victory over fellow Valley Oak League [...]

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Boys Basketball League Picks: VOL, SJAA, TCAL

Cliches like “dogfight” and “battle” just aren’t good enough to describe the boys basketball competition for league championships in the Valley Oak League, San Joaquin Athletic Association and Tri-City Athletic League. Let’s go ahead and use melee and insanity. As I did for the girls CCAA, VOL, SJAA and TCAL leagues yesterday, I’m picking my [...]

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Girls Basketball Power Rankings: Vol. II

Had the impossible happened, and Richmond-Salesian upset the St. Mary’s girls basketball team, would the Rams have slid down from No. 1 in my power rankings? No. Not even close. Still, it’s crazy to think that Salesian nearly did the unthinkable, as it took St. Mary’s to overtime before falling 83-78 on Saturday evening at [...]

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Romero leads area’s state-ranked wrestlers

Roman Romero is on top of the world. Romero, a McNair High senior, is ranked No. 3 in the state in the 182-pound wrestling class, according to The California Wrestler website. He’s a reigning Sac-Joaquin Section champion at that mark, was a CIF State placer and is committed to Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. [...]

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Girls Basketball Power Rankings: Vol. I

Girls basketball league play begins this week and next across San Joaquin County and the Mother Lode, and with that comes the first edition of my weekly power rankings. Unlike the boys rankings I do, this is a singular Top 5, not separated into large and small schools: LARGE-SCHOOL RANKINGS 1. ST. MARY’S (13-0) I [...]

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