It used to be that, right about now, Jordan Kron would be shelving his soccer cleats for sneakers and a basketball, trading one starring role for another at East Union.
Larry Albers saunters out of his home along Woodward Avenue like some dusty old cowboy. His hands tucked into his jeans, a hard day's work painted across his face.
Down to their final play, Dakarai Charles threw toward the corner of the end zone with confidence.
A year ago, Manteca put an emphatic stamp on its fourth Sac-Joaquin Section championship with a runaway victory over a first-time finalist.
Sophomores have long been a part of Sierra's winning formula this season, but when Brandon Arreola burst around the corner and into the end zone this was something new.
He calls out the play, standing tall in his stance, signaling each member of his team with smooth arm strokes.
Behind the goal posts, shagging footballs blasted through the uprights during warm-ups, Sierra's Marissa LaQuaglia makes no illusions about her role on Friday nights.
Former Weston Ranch point guard Eric Duncan left the city of Stockton with big aspirations. He packed his bag, grabbed his basketball and held tight to his Division I dreams.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This article first appeared in the Nov. 8, 2013 edition of the Manteca Bulletin. It has been modified to accommodate Sunday's second annual Heller E. Lipsett Memorial.
Brooke Riley stood over a nasty 4-foot putt with a clear understanding of what it meant.
All season long, they've carried themselves like MVPs, making the tough calls and taking the tough shots.
McParland Principal Dale Borgeson came up with the vision for his school's next health and fitness project.
Confetti wafted in the air above the home bleachers and players were met with hugs and high-fives at every turn.
By now, the Sac-Joaquin Section football playoff brackets have been dissected and analyzed by anyone with a rooting interest or a job to do.
ROCKLIN – The morning commute couldn't have gone much worse for the Ripon High boys water polo team.
LATHROP – Jaelen Ragsdale had his best performance in weeks on a night when Lathrop star Isaiah Ellis struggled just to stay on the court.
RIPON – Sean Broker burrowed down in the post, a tree standing tall above the Tribe. Austin Alger danced around the perimeter.
The Sierra High girls basketball team turned to its defense to snap a five-game losing streak.
RIPON – Physically, Ed Mulder knew Ellen Blankers would be fine following knee surgery in the spring.
RIPON – The Ripon Christian girls basketball team hasn't had much success this decade against its across-the-street neighbor.
RIPON – Rod Wright and his staff are in charge of the official book, access to the locker rooms and providing a game ball.
A controversial penalty kick may have kept the Lathrop United from a Jim Frazier Tournament championship, but it hardly diminished a banner inaugural season for the boys soccer club.
East Union celebrated the return of its music man, Jose Baron, this past weekend.
Janice Ward anxiously awaits her day in court with disabled-access advocate and litigious attorney Scott Johnson.
Manteca's Loretta Kakala could feel the anxiety building before the start of Friday's game.
Loretta Kakala and the Manteca High girls basketball team dispatched one rival and appear ready for another.
EDITOR'S NOTE: The Year of You begins anew with two participants, Jeanette Balmut and Joshua Messersmith. Each will train with a local gym with dueling styles and philosophies over the next 12 months, and their journeys will play out on the pages of the Manteca Bulletin each week.
All-Area Girls Golfer of the Year Brooke Riley has committed to Northwestern, one of the top Division I women's golf programs in the nation.
Weston Ranch boys basketball coach Chris Teevan studied his scorebook, marveling at the balance.