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Dolphins, Sea Lions ready for summer, but first a bye

Just as swim practices intensify from Turlock to Manteca, the Mid-Valley Swim League will give its teams a slight reprieve.

June 03, 2014 | James Burns | Regional Sports


Sea Lions crown 4 high-point winners

Manteca Dolphins president Priscilla Brink hoped to see cleaner, faster swims from a relatively new team.

May 29, 2014 | James Burns | High School Sports


GOLDEN BOOT

Abby Buitrago tallied 52 goals, led the entire state of California in points and guided her team to its first-ever Sac-Joaquin Section soccer championship.

May 28, 2014 | James Burns | High School Sports


Buffs hunt for second major title

There's Joe Menzel, arms pointed to the sky, clutching the game ball.

May 23, 2014 | James Burns | High School Sports


OUT OF HIS SHELL

RIPON – Fred Garber climbs atop his motorcycle, feels the rubber handles in his hands, and recalls a time when he wasn't riding much.

May 22, 2014 | James Burns | Ripon News


JUST KEEP KICKING

Times are set. Events have been scheduled. And trucks, trunks and RVs have been loaded down with coolers, swim bags and pop-up tents.

May 22, 2014 | James Burns | High School Sports


BEST OF THE BEST

Go ahead, Lady Lancers, take a victory lap.

May 22, 2014 | James Burns | High School Sports


MAN’S BEST FRIEND

Alice Smith rummages through boxes in the garage, searching for a photo of a long-lost relative she's never met.

May 21, 2014 | James Burns | NEWS


KEEP CALM AND DELIVER

These make-or-break moments are often defined by big, imposing aces with even larger personalities, rocket arms and legitimate college and pro prospects.

May 21, 2014 | James Burns | High School Sports


Canales set to kick it in North Dakota

One of the season's indelible moments is of Sierra's Sydnee Canales lacing a deep left-footed shot on goal to earn a draw at Oakdale.

May 21, 2014 | James Burns | High School Sports


Cuneo chooses Pacific over So. Oregon

Clay Cuneo's mind was made up.

May 21, 2014 | James Burns | High School Sports


ONE OF MANY?

STOCKTON – She came. She saw. She conquered.

May 18, 2014 | James Burns | High School Sports


Knights snare D7 crown in PK shootout

STOCKTON – Abby Buitrago calmly stepped to the penalty stripe, spotting the ball and her place in Ripon Christian's storied athletic history.

May 18, 2014 | James Burns | High School Sports


From Park Avenue to park bench

Crouched forward in his seat, shoulders slumped toward the table, Doug Borges rubs calloused hands against one another.

May 17, 2014 | James Burns | Local Columns


‘Banner’ season for three?

A banner season for local girls soccer culminates today with three Sac-Joaquin Section championship games at two sites.

May 17, 2014 | James Burns | High School Sports


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RIVALRY RENEWED

The Ripon and Sierra football teams will rekindle their rivalry in the marquee Zero Week game tonight.

August 29, 2014 | James Burns | High School Sports


Sierra High grad hot in Fire’s league debut

BERKELEY - The San Francisco Fire burst onto the National Pro Grid League scene on Thursday night, defeating the road weary Philadelphia Founders.

August 29, 2014 | James Burns | Regional Sports


Spartans march on under new coach

LATHROP – Alfredo Reynaga hasn't wasted any time putting his stamp on the Lathrop High boys soccer program.

August 27, 2014 | James Burns | High School Sports


BARKING UP THE WRONG TREE?

Alice Schlote wrapped her arms around the towering Italian cypress in her front yard, pulling her body close to its brush.

August 27, 2014 | James Burns | Local Columns


TOUGH ACT TO FOLLOW

Victor Polanco stood on the sidelines, a sun hat pulled low on his brow.

August 26, 2014 | James Burns | High School Football


Some homeless push shopping carts, he has a mobile shelf

The homeless are survivors by nature, so they're nothing if not crafty and resourceful. But is Manteca's homeless problem out of control?

August 26, 2014 | James Burns | Around Town


Manteca, Oakdale get head start on rivalry

The stakes just keep getting higher and higher for the football programs at Manteca and Oakdale high schools.

August 26, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


FUTURE IS NOW

Kevin Mendiola wheeled back with his right foot and took the ball off a bounce, sending it crashing into the back of the net.

August 23, 2014 | James Burns | High School Sports


BLD softball coordinator acquired by Cathedral City

Big League Dreams Manteca is losing one of its superstars.

August 21, 2014 | James Burns | Around Town


Caswell’s time on the big screen

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.

August 21, 2014 | James Burns | Around Town


Dash dominates Davis Legacy tournament

It seems nothing can slow down the Dash these days.

August 20, 2014 | James Burns | Regional Sports


Manteca FC Flash stuns higher-ranked opponents

The Manteca Futbol Club Flash under-12 girls soccer team might not have a flashy Northern California ranking, but that could soon change.

August 20, 2014 | James Burns | High School Sports


Ernie’s chef opening own restaurant in Stockton

It appears Ernie's Food & Spirits may soon be without an important ingredient.

August 18, 2014 | James Burns | NEWS


Deadline for MHS bus tickets is Aug. 20

The last day to purchase tickets for the Manteca High football team's rooters' buses is Wednesday, Aug. 20.

August 12, 2014 | James Burns | High School Football


DOGGONE BUSY DAY

The early morning light shines through the glass, illuminating the stories and tails inside the Manteca Animal Shelter.

August 09, 2014 | James Burns | Local Columns


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