EDITOR'S NOTE: This story appeared in the April 4, 2014, edition of the Manteca Bulletin.
The BOOM! and POW! that pierce the still of the evening, rattling windows and triggering a chorus of howls and car alarms, signal not the start of summer but the fireworks season.
Transformed Through Hope Ministries won't go to great lengths to celebrate its seventh anniversary this Sunday.
Mark Kosier is a 6-foot-7 computer repairman – and that's not even the most interesting thing about him.
Anthony Kavanaugh placed the dumbbells onto the rack and then took a pull from his water bottle.
The under-10 Atlas girls of the Manteca Futbol Club hit the beach before beginning a demanding stretch in its outdoor schedule.
School may be out for the summer, but that won't stop the learning experience for students at Lincoln Elementary School.
Robert Vernon has returned the Ripon softball program to a place of prominence and his hard work hasn't gone unnoticed.
Just as swim practices intensify from Turlock to Manteca, the Mid-Valley Swim League will give its teams a slight reprieve.
Manteca Dolphins president Priscilla Brink hoped to see cleaner, faster swims from a relatively new team.
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.
There's Joe Menzel, arms pointed to the sky, clutching the game ball.
RIPON – Fred Garber climbs atop his motorcycle, feels the rubber handles in his hands, and recalls a time when he wasn't riding much.
Times are set. Events have been scheduled. And trucks, trunks and RVs have been loaded down with coolers, swim bags and pop-up tents.
Go ahead, Lady Lancers, take a victory lap.
Bulldogs don't belong in a catbird seat, so East Union defensive coordinator Jason Stock's decision to leave the press box should come as no surprise.
East Union coach Willie Herrera put the future of the football program on the shoulders of a sophomore quarterback.
The Holly Rochelle Dance Company will celebrate its one-year anniversary on Sunday with a twist only a dancer could pull off.
Jack Miller recently retired from Manteca High, where the History teacher spent more than 30 years as an assistant coach with the football team. Miller was a part of four Sac-Joaquin Section championship teams and was twice voted Best of Manteca's Best Local Coach. Now City of Manteca Hall of Famer pays close attention to his yards, his golf game and granddaughter.
Willie Herrera knows just how close his East Union football team came to winning its season opener two weeks ago.
The Manteca High boys soccer team took full advantage of its first practice in nearly a week.
The two-point conversion has long been the nemesis of Manteca High football coach Eric Reis.
Manteca High coach Eric Reis put the headphones away at the half.
Despite heavy graduation losses, the Manteca High football team has begun the season on the watch list for a CIF State Bowl berth.
The National Pro Grid League has canceled its next two competitions, including the match between the San Francisco Fire and Boston Irons on Sunday.
Manteca High striker Marcus Montano trotted off the field with about five minutes left in Wednesday's match.
The Manteca High freshman football team has filled the vacancy on its schedule.
Costco has just about anything you could ever imagine, including compliments.
He bounced near the starting line - wrists wrapped, hands covered in powder. The entire arena bounced along with him.
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.