Levi Gray followed the revelers up the train bridge that spans the Stanislaus River, eventually hurling his 265-pound body into the cool waters below.
The mad scramble at Saturday's Mid-Valley Swim League luau wasn't for the final dollop of poi or last shreds of pork, but a pivotal tri-meet victory.
RIPON – It must be good to be a Gioffre.
When Isela Rivera woke the morning following the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV championship and a celebratory pool party, she didn't need a pinch to know it was real.
For three months, Scott Tolman chased a time taped to the ceiling above his bed.
RIPON – Even out of season, Hannah Sweet keeps a constant presence at the Ervin Zador Aquatic Center.
TURLOCK - The Mid-Valley Swim League gathered for its midseason invitational and six stood out in the crowd.
Step No. 1: Squeeze lotion into palm of hand.
TURLOCK – What the Ripon Sea Lions lacked in quantity at Saturday's dual meet with the Turlock Sea Dogs, it made up for with quality swims.
The Atlas girls of the Manteca Futbol Club leveled up but did not level off, capturing its first tournament trophy in the 11-and-under age group.
The front entrance to The Hair Company is blocked off by caution tape.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This story appeared in the April 4, 2014, edition of the Manteca Bulletin.
The BOOM! and POW! that pierce the still of the evening, rattling windows and triggering a chorus of howls and car alarms, signal not the start of summer but the fireworks season.
Transformed Through Hope Ministries won't go to great lengths to celebrate its seventh anniversary this Sunday.
Mark Kosier is a 6-foot-7 computer repairman – and that's not even the most interesting thing about him.
He bounced near the starting line - wrists wrapped, hands covered in powder. The entire arena bounced along with him.
RIPON – For months, Sierra head coach Jeff Harbison and offensive coordinator Jeff Abrew have been inside the laboratory, retooling one of the area's most explosive offenses.
The Ripon and Sierra football teams will rekindle their rivalry in the marquee Zero Week game tonight.
BERKELEY - The San Francisco Fire burst onto the National Pro Grid League scene on Thursday night, defeating the road weary Philadelphia Founders.
LATHROP – Alfredo Reynaga hasn't wasted any time putting his stamp on the Lathrop High boys soccer program.
Alice Schlote wrapped her arms around the towering Italian cypress in her front yard, pulling her body close to its brush.
Victor Polanco stood on the sidelines, a sun hat pulled low on his brow.
The homeless are survivors by nature, so they're nothing if not crafty and resourceful. But is Manteca's homeless problem out of control?
The stakes just keep getting higher and higher for the football programs at Manteca and Oakdale high schools.
Kevin Mendiola wheeled back with his right foot and took the ball off a bounce, sending it crashing into the back of the net.
Big League Dreams Manteca is losing one of its superstars.
One of the most popular movies of 1973 was filmed, at least in part, at one of the most popular spots near Ripon and Manteca.
It seems nothing can slow down the Dash these days.
The Manteca Futbol Club Flash under-12 girls soccer team might not have a flashy Northern California ranking, but that could soon change.
It appears Ernie's Food & Spirits may soon be without an important ingredient.