For years, Janet Sanders has shared her classroom with frustration, confusion and anger. She gets it. The written word can be difficult to master for even those that speak fluent English. Now imagine that you've just moved from a different country with an assortment of different customs, and speak an entirely different language. School becomes less a journey of enlightenment and more a mystery and struggle. "The whole process can be challenging," said Sanders, an ...
Jim Todd took a moment to himself to wade through the emotions following a season-ending loss to Colfax.
RIPON – Kevin Tameling remembers a time not so long ago when Ripon Christian was all heart with little results.
LODI – One of the larger wineries in the Central Valley rises from the fields east of Highway 99 like a stainless steel behemoth.
Carlon Perry leans forward onto his forearms, peering over the top of reading glasses. In front of him are a stack of papers and pamphlets tucked neatly into a folder. The folder tucks neatly into a briefcase, and the handle of the briefcase neatly into his hand. See how that works? Perry is nothing if not meticulous. Even his conversations have outlines, ruled by bullet points to ensure every point is made. "Let's not get ...
For months, Michelle Halla has been collecting and shipping recyclables across the country as part of the Recycling Rumble.
Nikki Freitas pinned down quivering lips as she surveyed the newest panel in the Welcome Home Heroes series.
Racing against time and trailing by a score, the East Union girls soccer team turned to desperation.
RIO LINDA – Teagan Manus scored a hat trick and Bryanna Heida earned the clean sheet as Ripon Christian moved within one win of its first Sac-Joaquin Section championship.
Ashley Almeida dove to her left, batting a rocket shot out of bounds. Moments earlier, Adrieanna Wood bounced back onto her feet just in time to make a sprawling save at the right post. "You see why I have to platoon them," whispered East Union girls soccer coach Jim Todd during Monday's finishing drill. The Lancers might have one of the area's more explosive offenses, but they've quietly built a fortress around their goal. East ...
On a championship-caliber team with no Sac-Joaquin Section championships, Jim Todd isn't leaning on a rich core of veterans for the missing ingredient.
By JAMES BURNS The Bulletin Josh Spooner has built a strong portfolio in the world of California high school distance running. The Sierra High junior has all the necessary benchmarks: He's qualified for the CIF State Cross Country Championship and recently placed second at the Valley Oak League Track and Field Championships in the 3,200 meter. But even he acknowledges the bottom-line truth. When looking back on a cross country season that finished in Fresno ...
Meghan Wallace stood at the edge of the penalty area in stunned disbelief - hands atop her head, mouth agape.
Jim Todd stopped practice and called for two substitutions. The East Union girls soccer coach could sense a rift between two of his players and dismissed them from practice. They weren't allowed to return until they had worked out their differences. "They talked for about an hour and said, 'Thanks, coach, for letting us work through that,' " Todd recalled. "Chemistry is something we value and the girls have shown that they honor that." That ...
The Sac-Joaquin Section's new playoff format has created plenty of intrigue. Teams have moved up and down in divisions based on school size, clout and strength of schedule. One of the more intriguing first-round matchups belongs to the Division V tournament, where No. 7 Ripon clashes with No. 2 Central Catholic. Not only is it a rematch of a 2009 section final won by Ripon 1-0 in overtime, but because of the boundary-less nature of ...
By JAMES BURNS
Kota trots eloquently down the path, his short hair glistening in the sun.
Growing up, April Smith loved to play the role of police officer – collaring the "bad guy" in living-room and neighborhood standoffs.
Here's a hunch: Bet on Heather Scharmann.
The only gift greater than flowers?
Editor's note: Manteca City Council wants a crackdown on aggressive panhandling. The following is a story of one man who begs on Manteca's streets but considers himself a sign flyer.
Brandy Clark and the City of Manteca will watch the mercury closely today, making note of every incremental change in the temperature.
Dry mouth. Fatigue. Dizziness. Confusion. And a sudden inability to cool the body with sweat.
MODESTO – In 1993, cruising was shut down in the city that inspired the movie "American Graffiti."
MODESTO – John Sanders knew the odds were tall when he sent George Lucas an invitation to serve as grand marshal for the American Graffiti Car Show and Festival.
Jack Cole kissed and hugged his mother in the driveway of her Cottage Avenue home.
They were a rag-tag bunch of football players wearing basketball shorts and sneakers.
RIPON – Loren Jessop sat in the parking lot of a Home Depot, mere moments away from his next shopping spree.
The San Joaquin County Mosquito and Vector Control District will begin spraying for mosquitoes tonight after the earliest detection of the West Nile virus in nine years.
A bell tolled each time Lee Herren read from a list much too long, written in the blood of Manteca's fallen soldiers.