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Weston Ranch ill-prepared in loss to Spartans

MODESTO – Two high school football programs looking to change their stars collided on Friday evening at Modesto Junior College.

September 20, 2014 | James Burns | High School Football


Knights can’t dig out of early hole

Travis Vander Molen found the back of the net twice as the Ripon Christian boys soccer team nearly erased a three-goal deficit in a 5-3 loss to visiting Delhi on Thursday.

September 19, 2014 | James Burns | High School Sports


EU’s bulldog on the sideline

Bulldogs don't belong in a catbird seat, so East Union defensive coordinator Jason Stock's decision to leave the press box should come as no surprise.

September 16, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


CHALLENGE ACCEPTED

East Union coach Willie Herrera put the future of the football program on the shoulders of a sophomore quarterback.

September 13, 2014 | James Burns | High School Football


Holly Rochelle’s birthday dance

The Holly Rochelle Dance Company will celebrate its one-year anniversary on Sunday with a twist only a dancer could pull off.

September 11, 2014 | James Burns | Local Business


The Interview with Jack Miller

Jack Miller recently retired from Manteca High, where the History teacher spent more than 30 years as an assistant coach with the football team. Miller was a part of four Sac-Joaquin Section championship teams and was twice voted Best of Manteca's Best Local Coach. Now City of Manteca Hall of Famer pays close attention to his yards, his golf game and granddaughter.

September 11, 2014 | James Burns | High School Sports


Conditioning concerns EU coach Herrera

Willie Herrera knows just how close his East Union football team came to winning its season opener two weeks ago.

September 11, 2014 | James Burns | High School Football


Buffs knock off rust

The Manteca High boys soccer team took full advantage of its first practice in nearly a week.

September 11, 2014 | James Burns | High School Sports


Extra duty for Buff responsible for extra points

The two-point conversion has long been the nemesis of Manteca High football coach Eric Reis.

September 09, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


CHARLES IN CHARGE

Manteca High coach Eric Reis put the headphones away at the half.

September 06, 2014 | James Burns | High School Football


Buffs No.7 in Norcal D2

Despite heavy graduation losses, the Manteca High football team has begun the season on the watch list for a CIF State Bowl berth.

September 05, 2014 | James Burns | High School Football


Grid lock: NPGL cancels matches

The National Pro Grid League has canceled its next two competitions, including the match between the San Francisco Fire and Boston Irons on Sunday.

September 05, 2014 | James Burns | Regional Sports


MOVING FORWARD

Manteca High striker Marcus Montano trotted off the field with about five minutes left in Wednesday's match.

September 04, 2014 | James Burns | High School Sports


MHS freshman add Gregori to schedule

The Manteca High freshman football team has filled the vacancy on its schedule.

September 04, 2014 | James Burns | High School Football


Johnson lauds Sierra’s McCray

Costco has just about anything you could ever imagine, including compliments.

September 03, 2014 | James Burns | High School Football


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Buffaloes upended by Sacramento

Down to their final play, Dakarai Charles threw toward the corner of the end zone with confidence.

November 22, 2014 | James Burns | High School Football


ROUND TWO

A year ago, Manteca put an emphatic stamp on its fourth Sac-Joaquin Section championship with a runaway victory over a first-time finalist.

November 21, 2014 | James Burns | High School Football


Calling on young guns for playoff run

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.

November 20, 2014 | James Burns | High School Football


SWEET MUSIC

He calls out the play, standing tall in his stance, signaling each member of his team with smooth arm strokes.

November 20, 2014 | James Burns | Education


GETTING HER KICKS

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.

November 19, 2014 | James Burns | High School Football


Former area stars shine in college

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.

November 19, 2014 | James Burns | High School Sports


Running to keep memory of beloved teacher alive

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.

November 19, 2014 | James Burns | Local Columns


TOUGH BREAK

Brooke Riley stood over a nasty 4-foot putt with a clear understanding of what it meant.

November 18, 2014 | James Burns | High School Sports


Cougar Country

All season long, they've carried themselves like MVPs, making the tough calls and taking the tough shots.

November 18, 2014 | James Burns | High School Sports


LIPSETT’S RUN

McParland Principal Dale Borgeson came up with the vision for his school's next health and fitness project.

November 18, 2014 | James Burns | NEWS


Sierra not content with win

Confetti wafted in the air above the home bleachers and players were met with hugs and high-fives at every turn.

November 15, 2014 | James Burns | High School Football


No. 2 Sierra better against the Spread

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.

November 13, 2014 | James Burns | High School Football


Scudder, defense lift Ripon into D2 final

ROCKLIN – The morning commute couldn't have gone much worse for the Ripon High boys water polo team.

November 13, 2014 | James Burns | High School Sports


Weston Ranch, RC take aim at SJS titles

The Ripon Christian boys soccer program has waited nearly 20 years for an opportunity to win another Sac-Joaquin Section championship.

November 13, 2014 | James Burns | High School Sports


RC reaches D7 final thanks to Colyn’s spark

RIPON - Kyle Colyn's cheek twitched with nervous excitement and it was all he could do to suppress a smile.

November 12, 2014 | James Burns | High School Sports


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