Trevor Smith had been here before, caught between disappointment and opportunity.
RIPON – Trevor Smith's place in local legend is secure. If the red padded walls in the Ripon High wrestling room could talk, they'd tell you as much.
You got this. You got this. ... C'mon, man, you got this.
Larry Lousen lives and plays in Southern California, but his work breaths life onto the campuses of local high schools.
WESTON RANCH – The future of Weston Ranch softball is bright.
Camron Moebius learned very quickly that building a playground was, in fact, no walk in the park.
Motorcycle officers from the Tracy Police Department led a funeral procession through the Central Valley, delivering Bob Prosser to his final resting place.
RIPON - The Ripon coaching staff is running out of superlatives for midfielder wizard Tia Sidtikun.
STOCKTON – Carol Noceti and the staff at Stockton 99 Speedway are starting to feel the heat.
Jack Thomson sent his Sierra baseball team onto the field for its Valley Oak League opener with three objectives.
Michelle Crippen watched them spin circles around campus, plodding through an open field and skipping across the blacktop.
Nate Kankelfitz had exhausted all measures.
She was born and raised in a city of stars, called Disneyland her backyard and was related to a Hollywood extra.
There was no promise of extra credit or a pizza party.
RIPON – George Contente graciously accepted the praise of his colleagues, but believes they whiffed on Ruth Waters.
There was a time when CiCi Juarez had a hard time gauging the people of Manteca. She was new to The Family City, and fittingly, the Bay Area transplant felt like an outsider.
After weeks of evaluation, East Union soccer coach Victor Polanco says he has selected his starting 11 for next week's Valley Oak League opener.
Thanks to the hungry mouths of hundreds, the Pregnancy Help Center was able to raise thousands toward its mobile ultrasound unit.
History was made in Robert Mayfield's history classroom, and it started with a dare.
By JAMES BURNS
RIPON – For months, Riley Simmons has been kept indoors and under close supervision while she underwent treatment for a brain tumor.
TURLOCK – It wasn't the clean start Sierra skipper Jack Thomson had hoped for.
RIVERBANK – The Lathrop boys basketball team began the night a man down.
For as long as she can remember, Kathy Rich has been good with her hands.
The pressure on John Lopez has never felt greater.
The Manteca Futbol Club scored major points with families outside of its soccer circle over the weekend.
The knot on his tie had been pulled loose. The top button of his shirt unclipped.
A retired Manteca Unified School District teacher is learning that the life of a self-published author isn't without its drama and mystery.
STOCKTON – Elisabeth Alexander sold the pump fake, lifting her defender into the air.
Make room, Michael Recycle. You've got company in the yard at the City of Manteca's Solid Waste Division.