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BIG MEN ON CAMPUS

For three years, Billy Sharmoug and Isaac McClain were the big men on the Manteca High campus.

October 09, 2014 | James Burns | High School Football


Charles, Soto will play Saturday

It looks like the Manteca High football team will have its big stars for the big game.

October 07, 2014 | James Burns | High School Football


Family rocked by Dean’s sudden death; needs help with funeral

Angelica Dean was, by all accounts, caring, selfless and hardworking, and the longtime Manteca resident used those traits to build a career in assisting the elderly.

October 04, 2014 | James Burns | NEWS


Merced: People + ideas + support = success

MERCED – The lobby at Coffee Bandits froths with conversation of all flavors, and it's not uncommon to find those on divergent paths sharing creamers.

October 04, 2014 | James Burns | NEWS


Victory began with promises

Jeff Harbison pointed to the scoreboard hanging over the crowd at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium, inviting everyone to take one last look.

October 04, 2014 | James Burns | High School Football


RC rally sacked by Le Grand

LE GRAND – Billy Marr never saw the rush.

October 04, 2014 | James Burns | High School Football


‘Iron Mike’ at East Union

And on this side of town, shaped by a lifetime of hard lessons, former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson.

October 03, 2014 | James Burns | Education


SAVAGE DUO

Before there was Savage Elite Fitness there was personal sacrifice and a desperate, soul-searching struggle.

October 03, 2014 | James Burns | NEWS


THE BEAST

The compliments have come rushing in for the Sierra High football team and its defensive leader, Trevon McCray. He's been called "the best player on the field" by Ripon coach Chris Johnson following the Timberwolves' season-opening 54-7 victory. Teammates often refer to the middle linebacker as an "animal" for his tenacious play on Friday evenings.

October 03, 2014 | James Burns | High School Football


Dust settles from ‘epic’ VOL opener

It's being billed as an "epic" football game, an "instant classic" between two perennial powers.

September 30, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


Manteca QB shows mettle in painful loss

MODESTO – Dakarai Charles stood near the 40-yard line, watching Central Catholic chew up the fourth quarter clock.

September 27, 2014 | James Burns | High School Football


Savage Fitness set to celebrate 1-year birthday

Ray Gonzalez's dream of personal training was always bigger than a garage gym.

September 26, 2014 | James Burns | Around Town


Vermeulen, RC defense anchor win

MARIPOSA - At 6-foot-5 with a super-stretch wingspan, Lukas Vermeulen cuts an imposing figure in the goal.

September 26, 2014 | James Burns | High School Sports


Doyle is low medalist again for Sierra golf

McKenna Doyle set the curve and the Sierra girls golf team followed suit in a 243-395 Valley Oak League victory over Weston Ranch.

September 26, 2014 | James Burns | High School Sports


Buffs to face state champs in VOL opener

Ask Manteca coach Eric Reis what impresses him most about Central Catholic and the answer stretches on and on.

September 25, 2014 | James Burns | High School Football


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Articles By Author - James Burns


MANTECA'S CHRISTMAS ANGELS

Contrary to popular belief, Santa's helpers come in all shapes and sizes.

December 20, 2014 | James Burns | Local Columns


Cougars, Ragsdale blow out Madera

FRESNO – Jaelen Ragsdale scored 25 points to lead four players in double figures as the Weston Ranch boys basketball team cruised to victory in the opening round of the Holiday Invitational Tournament.

December 17, 2014 | James Burns | High School Sports


Gray to test knee in Israel

Two knee surgeries in less than a year nearly shattered Chelsea Gray's confidence.

December 17, 2014 | James Burns | Pro Sports


Stallings, Hawks soar past Manteca

In time, the Manteca High basketball team may compete with the big boys of the Sac-Joaquin Section.

December 17, 2014 | James Burns | High School Sports


Spartans push BC; limp home winless

STOCKTON - The fall from grace has been sudden and swift for the Lathrop boys basketball team, but coach Nate McGrath can see the potential in all the losses.

December 16, 2014 | James Burns | High School Sports


MFC Bayern Munich 16s celebrate first victory

Eriq Kurys spent an entire season on the backline for the Sierra High soccer team, emerging as an all-Valley Oak League caliber defender.

December 16, 2014 | James Burns | Regional Sports


Giving gift of memory with CDs

In her final months, Frances Loureiro may have forgotten the lyrics to her favorite songs, but the beat and rhythm reverberated through her soul, connecting her with family and friends one last time.

December 13, 2014 | James Burns | NEWS


Honoring valor in flight

Kevin Custer clutched the microphone in one hand, thanking those that came before him – his father, his grandfathers, his uncles and his cousins – for bringing him to this moment.

December 11, 2014 | James Burns | NEWS


Denman celebrates 100th birthday today

Milestone birthdays beg for more than one bash.

December 11, 2014 | James Burns | NEWS


WHERE’S THE LOVE?

The Ripon Christian boys soccer team rolled to Southern League and Sac-Joaquin Section championships, chasing only history throughout its magical run.

December 10, 2014 | James Burns | High School Sports


Paschini picks up ice-cold Indians

RIPON - Rod Wright can't remember a team from his past that has shot as poorly to start a season as his current club.

December 09, 2014 | James Burns | High School Sports


Manteca FC seeks teams for annual 6v6 tournament

The Manteca Futbol Club will host the 3rd annual Riley Simmons 6v6 Shootout on Jan. 31 at Woodward Park.

December 09, 2014 | James Burns | Regional Sports


Prep rivals united with Manteca FC U-16 team

Though these young high school rivals have been club teammates for only a month, Manteca Futbol Club coach Ronnie Green says the bond amongst his 16-year-olds is strong.

December 05, 2014 | James Burns | Regional Sports


MHS bench keys win vs. Lincoln in opener

Brett Lewis got an early test of his team's depth in a 70-56 victory over Lincoln of Stockton, and the first-year coach was pleased with what he discovered.

November 30, 2014 | James Burns | High School Sports


RISE AND GRIND

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.

November 26, 2014 | James Burns | High School Sports


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