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BLD blue calls 5,000 game

Todd Felis hung up his glove and spikes in 2005, following one last softball tournament in Florida.

December 13, 2013 | James Burns | High School Sports


BUFFALO ’BACKERS

Jake LeDon shuffles the defense around with a broken hand wrapped in padding and bandages.

December 12, 2013 | James Burns | High School Football


NEW STANDARD

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.

December 11, 2013 | James Burns | High School Football


OLD GEEZERS

John Perez Sr. pulled into the stadium parking lot nearly three hours before kickoff and was still tardy to the tailgate party.

December 10, 2013 | James Burns | Local Columns


Menzel’s tweet ringin’ true for section champs

STOCKTON – Billy Sharmoug and Elijah Cooper tugged at the corners of the blue banner, jostling for possession of football's ultimate keepsake.

December 07, 2013 | James Burns | Sports Columns


Buffs take section by storm

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.

December 07, 2013 | James Burns | NEWS


Manteca folks come through for 200 families

Nearly 200 more families will enjoy a Thanksgiving Day turkey thanks to the sacrifice of many over the weekend.

November 25, 2013 | James Burns | Around Town


Turkey Day Throwdown

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.

November 25, 2013 | James Burns | Around Town


Lipsett Memorial

Ben Theiss' quick assessment of the inaugural Heller Lipsett Memorial Run, which took place Sunday:

November 25, 2013 | James Burns | Around Town


Buffaloes clock Casa Roble

Alex Laurel jumped over the goal line, splitting two defenders on the way to his fourth touchdown of the evening.

November 23, 2013 | James Burns | High School Football


Manteca man gets 165 years to life for sex with young kids

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.

November 22, 2013 | James Burns | NEWS


CHARGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pat Langdon isn't much of a video game connoisseur, but he did raise two teenagers at the height of the industry's explosion.

November 22, 2013 | James Burns | LIVING IN 209


Buffs’ victory one for the ages

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.

November 19, 2013 | James Burns | High School Football


Benfica’s run falls short of State Cup championship

"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.

November 19, 2013 | James Burns | Regional Sports


Ashton Lee: Manteca High school transgender junior is finally who he is

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.

November 19, 2013 | James Burns | NEWS


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BOUNTIFUL HARVEST

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.

November 23, 2014 | James Burns | NEWS


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


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