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Johnson lauds Sierra’s McCray

Costco has just about anything you could ever imagine, including compliments.

September 03, 2014 | James Burns | High School Football


HITCHCOCK ON FIRE

He bounced near the starting line - wrists wrapped, hands covered in powder. The entire arena bounced along with him.

September 02, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


WHAT A RUSH

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.

August 30, 2014 | James Burns | High School Football


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


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Articles By Author - James Burns


Cougars, Ragsdale blow out Madera

FRESNO – Jaelen Ragsdale scored 25 points to lead four players in double figures as the Weston Ranch boys basketball team cruised to victory in the opening round of the Holiday Invitational Tournament.

December 17, 2014 | James Burns | High School Sports


Gray to test knee in Israel

Two knee surgeries in less than a year nearly shattered Chelsea Gray's confidence.

December 17, 2014 | James Burns | Pro Sports


Stallings, Hawks soar past Manteca

In time, the Manteca High basketball team may compete with the big boys of the Sac-Joaquin Section.

December 17, 2014 | James Burns | High School Sports


Spartans push BC; limp home winless

STOCKTON - The fall from grace has been sudden and swift for the Lathrop boys basketball team, but coach Nate McGrath can see the potential in all the losses.

December 16, 2014 | James Burns | High School Sports


MFC Bayern Munich 16s celebrate first victory

Eriq Kurys spent an entire season on the backline for the Sierra High soccer team, emerging as an all-Valley Oak League caliber defender.

December 16, 2014 | James Burns | Regional Sports


Giving gift of memory with CDs

In her final months, Frances Loureiro may have forgotten the lyrics to her favorite songs, but the beat and rhythm reverberated through her soul, connecting her with family and friends one last time.

December 13, 2014 | James Burns | NEWS


Honoring valor in flight

Kevin Custer clutched the microphone in one hand, thanking those that came before him – his father, his grandfathers, his uncles and his cousins – for bringing him to this moment.

December 11, 2014 | James Burns | NEWS


Denman celebrates 100th birthday today

Milestone birthdays beg for more than one bash.

December 11, 2014 | James Burns | NEWS


WHERE’S THE LOVE?

The Ripon Christian boys soccer team rolled to Southern League and Sac-Joaquin Section championships, chasing only history throughout its magical run.

December 10, 2014 | James Burns | High School Sports


Paschini picks up ice-cold Indians

RIPON - Rod Wright can't remember a team from his past that has shot as poorly to start a season as his current club.

December 09, 2014 | James Burns | High School Sports


Manteca FC seeks teams for annual 6v6 tournament

The Manteca Futbol Club will host the 3rd annual Riley Simmons 6v6 Shootout on Jan. 31 at Woodward Park.

December 09, 2014 | James Burns | Regional Sports


Prep rivals united with Manteca FC U-16 team

Though these young high school rivals have been club teammates for only a month, Manteca Futbol Club coach Ronnie Green says the bond amongst his 16-year-olds is strong.

December 05, 2014 | James Burns | Regional Sports


MHS bench keys win vs. Lincoln in opener

Brett Lewis got an early test of his team's depth in a 70-56 victory over Lincoln of Stockton, and the first-year coach was pleased with what he discovered.

November 30, 2014 | James Burns | High School Sports


RISE AND GRIND

It used to be that, right about now, Jordan Kron would be shelving his soccer cleats for sneakers and a basketball, trading one starring role for another at East Union.

November 26, 2014 | James Burns | High School Sports


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


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