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Heller Lipsett's death was sudden and tragic, shaking her family at home and in the classroom.

November 08, 2013 | James Burns | NEWS

LG hits with 1-2 punch

Christian Williams might be the most dynamic return man in the nation. On one leg even.

November 07, 2013 | James Burns | High School Football


Frank Alvarado couldn't believe his eyes as he rolled into the parking lot at Library Park for the start of Saturday's "Ride the Tide."

November 05, 2013 | James Burns | NEWS

Smiling ‘til state

RIPON – For most of the afternoon, Brooke Riley greeted every shot, whether good or bad, with the same blank expression.

November 04, 2013 | James Burns | High School Sports


The lights to Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium remained lit hours after a rivalry was put to rest early Saturday morning.

November 03, 2013 | James Burns | High School Football

Manteca’s ‘old dogs’ relying on youth

The gray in his stubble gives him away. Still, Manteca High defensive coordinator Rick James admits …

November 02, 2013 | James Burns | Sports Columns

Gotcha covered, coach

Neil MacDannald fired a deep ball down the sideline, leaving just enough air underneath it for safety Elijah Cooper to slide over.

November 01, 2013 | James Burns | High School Football

One game at a time for Knights

They've been on a collision course for months, but Ripon Christian and Le Grand still have one game left before their worlds collide.

October 30, 2013 | James Burns | High School Football

MASL: Fury unleashed in win

Ivy Benson and Tyanne Woodyard-Smith scored two goals apiece as the Manteca Fury under-19 girls soccer team distanced themselves from the Manteca Revolution on Saturday, 6-1.

October 30, 2013 | James Burns | SPORTS

Ride the Tide: Fighting cancer

The fund-raising season is demanding of its champion.

October 30, 2013 | James Burns | NEWS

The biggest losers are big winners

Robert Iniquez will take the next few months to reflect on his first foray into weight-loss competitions.

October 30, 2013 | James Burns | NEWS

Funny thing happened on the way

His shoes and wallet have been designed tastefully for a man of his profession.

October 27, 2013 | James Burns | NEWS

Redemption rout for RC

RIPON – A year ago, Waterford denied Ripon Christian its first outright Southern League football championship with a stunning late-season defeat.

October 26, 2013 | James Burns | High School Football


If Mike Midgley has a future in television, he's not saying.

October 25, 2013 | James Burns | NEWS

Jr. Buffs ready for Battle of Beasts

The Manteca Junior Buffaloes varsity team sharpened its teeth for this weekend's Battle of the Beasts with a 34-7 win over the Merced Bears.

October 22, 2013 | James Burns | Regional Sports

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Articles By Author - James Burns


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


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


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


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


For three months, Scott Tolman chased a time taped to the ceiling above his bed.

June 25, 2014 | James Burns | High School Sports


RIPON – Even out of season, Hannah Sweet keeps a constant presence at the Ervin Zador Aquatic Center.

June 24, 2014 | James Burns | High School Sports

Area collects 6 high-point trophies

TURLOCK - The Mid-Valley Swim League gathered for its midseason invitational and six stood out in the crowd.

June 24, 2014 | James Burns | Regional Sports

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