Alex Laurel was locked in competition with Lonny Powell, Kalen McDonald and the rest of the Sacramento defense, but everything he chased was standing on the sideline.
John Perez Sr. pulled into the stadium parking lot nearly three hours before kickoff and was still tardy to the tailgate party.
STOCKTON – Billy Sharmoug and Elijah Cooper tugged at the corners of the blue banner, jostling for possession of football's ultimate keepsake.
STOCKTON – The Manteca High football team claimed its third Sac-Joaquin Section championship in eight years, routing Sacramento 49-6 in a driving rain at Alex G. Spanos Stadium.
Nearly 200 more families will enjoy a Thanksgiving Day turkey thanks to the sacrifice of many over the weekend.
The Turkey Day Throwdown crowned two winners: Sean Sanders, Marco Marchinni and Catie Marchinni in the scaled division; and Mark Gonzales, Matt Tafoya and Jazz Herrera in the RX'd division.
Ben Theiss' quick assessment of the inaugural Heller Lipsett Memorial Run, which took place Sunday:
Alex Laurel jumped over the goal line, splitting two defenders on the way to his fourth touchdown of the evening.
A Manteca man was sentenced on Friday to 165 years to life in prison for a multitude of sexual misconduct charges stemming from exchanges he had with two children.
Pat Langdon isn't much of a video game connoisseur, but he did raise two teenagers at the height of the industry's explosion.
Upon further review, Manteca High's wild 69-55 win over Central Valley in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs was one for the ages.
"Big, Bad Benfica" earned the respect of its peers and the adoration of an entire soccer community, just not the cup it chased for months.
The couch is much too small for Cathy, Don and Ashton Lee to sit on at once, but they gladly squeeze into its purple arms, cradling their youngest son.
Hunched over, Eric Reis pulled two of his strongest linemen out of the crowd and pointed to his back.
STOCKTON – Only one team stands between the Weston Ranch boys soccer team and the school's first-ever Sac-Joaquin Section championship.
RIPON – For months, Sierra head coach Jeff Harbison and offensive coordinator Jeff Abrew have been inside the laboratory, retooling one of the area's most explosive offenses.
The Ripon and Sierra football teams will rekindle their rivalry in the marquee Zero Week game tonight.
BERKELEY - The San Francisco Fire burst onto the National Pro Grid League scene on Thursday night, defeating the road weary Philadelphia Founders.
LATHROP – Alfredo Reynaga hasn't wasted any time putting his stamp on the Lathrop High boys soccer program.
Alice Schlote wrapped her arms around the towering Italian cypress in her front yard, pulling her body close to its brush.
Victor Polanco stood on the sidelines, a sun hat pulled low on his brow.
The homeless are survivors by nature, so they're nothing if not crafty and resourceful. But is Manteca's homeless problem out of control?
The stakes just keep getting higher and higher for the football programs at Manteca and Oakdale high schools.
Kevin Mendiola wheeled back with his right foot and took the ball off a bounce, sending it crashing into the back of the net.
Big League Dreams Manteca is losing one of its superstars.
One of the most popular movies of 1973 was filmed, at least in part, at one of the most popular spots near Ripon and Manteca.
It seems nothing can slow down the Dash these days.
The Manteca Futbol Club Flash under-12 girls soccer team might not have a flashy Northern California ranking, but that could soon change.
It appears Ernie's Food & Spirits may soon be without an important ingredient.
The last day to purchase tickets for the Manteca High football team's rooters' buses is Wednesday, Aug. 20.