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GOLDEN BOOT

Abby Buitrago tallied 52 goals, led the entire state of California in points and guided her team to its first-ever Sac-Joaquin Section soccer championship.

May 28, 2014 | James Burns | High School Sports


Buffs hunt for second major title

There's Joe Menzel, arms pointed to the sky, clutching the game ball.

May 23, 2014 | James Burns | High School Sports


OUT OF HIS SHELL

RIPON – Fred Garber climbs atop his motorcycle, feels the rubber handles in his hands, and recalls a time when he wasn't riding much.

May 22, 2014 | James Burns | Ripon News


JUST KEEP KICKING

Times are set. Events have been scheduled. And trucks, trunks and RVs have been loaded down with coolers, swim bags and pop-up tents.

May 22, 2014 | James Burns | High School Sports


BEST OF THE BEST

Go ahead, Lady Lancers, take a victory lap.

May 22, 2014 | James Burns | High School Sports


MAN’S BEST FRIEND

Alice Smith rummages through boxes in the garage, searching for a photo of a long-lost relative she's never met.

May 21, 2014 | James Burns | NEWS


KEEP CALM AND DELIVER

These make-or-break moments are often defined by big, imposing aces with even larger personalities, rocket arms and legitimate college and pro prospects.

May 21, 2014 | James Burns | High School Sports


Canales set to kick it in North Dakota

One of the season's indelible moments is of Sierra's Sydnee Canales lacing a deep left-footed shot on goal to earn a draw at Oakdale.

May 21, 2014 | James Burns | High School Sports


Cuneo chooses Pacific over So. Oregon

Clay Cuneo's mind was made up.

May 21, 2014 | James Burns | High School Sports


ONE OF MANY?

STOCKTON – She came. She saw. She conquered.

May 18, 2014 | James Burns | High School Sports


Knights snare D7 crown in PK shootout

STOCKTON – Abby Buitrago calmly stepped to the penalty stripe, spotting the ball and her place in Ripon Christian's storied athletic history.

May 18, 2014 | James Burns | High School Sports


From Park Avenue to park bench

Crouched forward in his seat, shoulders slumped toward the table, Doug Borges rubs calloused hands against one another.

May 17, 2014 | James Burns | Local Columns


‘Banner’ season for three?

A banner season for local girls soccer culminates today with three Sac-Joaquin Section championship games at two sites.

May 17, 2014 | James Burns | High School Sports


REMEMBERING

Art Smith isn't asking for much – just a few hours of your time, twisting screws and swinging a hammer.

May 15, 2014 | James Burns | NEWS


1 with a BULLET

When she was little, on the cusp of becoming a Division I-caliber player, Isela Rivera's father would keep the budding young striker reaching and wanting and hungry with the Three Bs speech.

May 15, 2014 | James Burns | High School Sports


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Articles By Author - James Burns


Buses of Buffaloes planned for Aug. 29

Keith Jackson is picking up where he left off last fall, when he rallied generations of Manteca High alumni to cheer the Buffaloes' historic postseason run.

July 29, 2014 | James Burns | High School Football


SHE’S THE BEST: IT FIGURES

Brandi Galindo plays with a quiet confidence, but her physique cuts a loud impression.

July 28, 2014 | James Burns | NEWS


Stanislaus unkind to the unprepared

He trudged out of the water, his shirt soaked and pulled tight around his skin, glasses and hat hanging from head. He towed a pathetic pink raft behind him, completing the look of a man who had been beaten and embarrassed by the elements.

July 26, 2014 | James Burns | Local Columns


KID AT HEART

Anthony Thomas doesn't shy away from the label, or begrudge those that gawk and needle him with questions down at the skate park.

July 25, 2014 | James Burns | NEWS


Dolphins crown high-point champs

The Manteca Dolphins honored their top swimmers on Tuesday evening.

July 24, 2014 | James Burns | Regional Sports


Couple needs help purchasing a bed lift

Eddie Costa has been confined to a wheelchair for more than a quarter of a century.

July 23, 2014 | James Burns | NEWS


SINK OR WIN

TURLOCK – Jack Gioffre pumped his fist following his victory in the 50-yard freestyle and then sought the hand of his closest competitor.

July 22, 2014 | James Burns | Regional Sports


Troop packing event collects items and hand-written letters

Teri Palmer has put together enough care packages to know that the best gift an American soldier can receive isn't soap, soup or a magazine, but a hand-written note.

July 19, 2014 | James Burns | NEWS


DeRoos looks to start league of their own

Her name is synonymous with the sport of basketball in the Family City, yet Molly DeRoos is having a hard time finding a sanctioned game.

July 10, 2014 | James Burns | Local Columns


MAKING HISTORY

Miguel Lopez has found his place in history. Yet again.

July 08, 2014 | James Burns | NEWS


Donations allow man to keep foot

A Manteca man who suffered a compound fracture above his ankle during a river accident and faced amputation will get to keep his left foot.

July 06, 2014 | James Burns | NEWS


Jump into river lands him in hospital

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.

July 02, 2014 | James Burns | Local Columns


Turlock ‘leis’ down win

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.

July 01, 2014 | James Burns | Regional Sports


Gioffre boys lift Sea Lions to win

RIPON – It must be good to be a Gioffre.

July 01, 2014 | James Burns | Regional Sports


BANNER SEASON

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.

June 29, 2014 | James Burns | High School Sports


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