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All-American honors for VFW Post 6311

When the Jimmy Connors Veterans of Foreign Wars Post moves into its new facility next year it will do so with new bling and plenty of helping hands.

October 30, 2014 | James Burns | NEWS


ALL FOR KNOT

Back in August, as teams across the Central Valley prepared for tournaments and non-league games, Victor Polanco kept his team at home.

October 30, 2014 | James Burns | High School Sports


Sierra sets sights on VOL title

The Manteca-Sierra football rivalry smolders and smokes throughout the spring and summer months, before bursting into flames each autumn.

October 30, 2014 | James Burns | High School Football


East Union will honor its ’74 champions

East Union plans to throw it back to the 1970s, when losses were hard to come by and names like Herrera and Taylor were still at the forefront of the football program.

October 28, 2014 | James Burns | High School Sports


Diminutive Duxbury carries heavy load for Ripon

SALIDA - The football field at Modesto Christian on Friday night was covered with players that fit the "big, strong and physical" mold.

October 28, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


MC runs wild on Ripon

SALIDA – Ripon defensive backs Mario Roach and Nick Price arrived late to their mark, crashing into one another at the goal line.

October 25, 2014 | James Burns | High School Football


Sierra’s Rosendin named VOL’s Model Coach of the Year

Sierra cross country coach Mike Rosendin has been named the Valley Oak League Model Coach of the Year for 2014-15.

October 24, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


QB Charles setting pace for MHS ‘O’

When Manteca coach Eric Reis sat Dakarai Charles for the first half against Lathrop, he hoped to rest his quarterback's banged-up knee.

October 23, 2014 | James Burns | High School Football


Unheralded WR shined vs. Oakdale

Oakdale refused to let Hunter Johnson, a preseason all-Sac-Joaquin Section selection at wide receiver, beat them through the air.

October 23, 2014 | James Burns | High School Football


Ripon’s next opponent lacks depth, not talent

RIPON – When Ryan Fugit looks at film of Modesto Christian, the Ripon star sees flashes of monsters past.

October 23, 2014 | James Burns | High School Football


It’s got check time for Knights following defeat

RIPON – The air of confidence has been sucked out of the Ripon Christian locker room.

October 22, 2014 | James Burns | High School Football


Gray visits Brock Elliot this Friday

It's been nearly a decade since she's stepped foot on this wind-swept campus, but Chelsea Gray can remember her time inside these brick-facade buildings with vivid clarity.

October 22, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


East Union part of ‘discussion’ despite injuries

East Union has won three games for the first time under fourth-year football coach Willie Herrera.

October 21, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


No matter what: T’wolves resilient

Let's play a word association game, shall we? When I say "Sierra High football," what adjectives and superlatives spring to mind?

October 18, 2014 | James Burns | High School Football


HERE TO STAY

In nearly a decade at his post, Sierra head coach Jeff Harbison has rarely dipped into his lower-levels for talent.

October 17, 2014 | James Burns | High School Football


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TESTED ON ROAD

LATHROP – Jaelen Ragsdale had his best performance in weeks on a night when Lathrop star Isaiah Ellis struggled just to stay on the court.

January 29, 2015 | James Burns | High School Sports


OUR KNIGHT

RIPON – Sean Broker burrowed down in the post, a tree standing tall above the Tribe. Austin Alger danced around the perimeter.

January 27, 2015 | James Burns | High School Sports


Defend The Den: T’wolves snap skid

The Sierra High girls basketball team turned to its defense to snap a five-game losing streak.

January 27, 2015 | James Burns | High School Sports


Blankers’ defense the difference

RIPON – Physically, Ed Mulder knew Ellen Blankers would be fine following knee surgery in the spring.

January 27, 2015 | James Burns | High School Sports


RC looks to reverse trend in rivalry

RIPON – The Ripon Christian girls basketball team hasn't had much success this decade against its across-the-street neighbor.

January 26, 2015 | James Burns | High School Sports


BEST IN TOWN

RIPON – Rod Wright and his staff are in charge of the official book, access to the locker rooms and providing a game ball.

January 26, 2015 | James Burns | High School Sports


Lathrop United shakes off loss; finishes third at Frazier tourney

A controversial penalty kick may have kept the Lathrop United from a Jim Frazier Tournament championship, but it hardly diminished a banner inaugural season for the boys soccer club.

January 26, 2015 | James Burns | Regional Sports


THE MUSIC MAN RETURNS

East Union celebrated the return of its music man, Jose Baron, this past weekend.

January 25, 2015 | James Burns | NEWS


ACCESS vs. EXCESS

Janice Ward anxiously awaits her day in court with disabled-access advocate and litigious attorney Scott Johnson.

January 24, 2015 | James Burns | NEWS


UNSTOPPABLE

Manteca's Loretta Kakala could feel the anxiety building before the start of Friday's game.

January 23, 2015 | James Burns | High School Sports


George’s Bikes closing, turns into mobile service

George's Bikes is shuttering its brick-and-mortar location near Ripon's historic downtown.

January 23, 2015 | James Burns | BUSINESS


CITY LIMITS

Loretta Kakala and the Manteca High girls basketball team dispatched one rival and appear ready for another.

January 22, 2015 | James Burns | High School Sports


IT DIDN’T WORK

EDITOR'S NOTE: The Year of You begins anew with two participants, Jeanette Balmut and Joshua Messersmith. Each will train with a local gym with dueling styles and philosophies over the next 12 months, and their journeys will play out on the pages of the Manteca Bulletin each week.

January 21, 2015 | James Burns | NEWS


EU’s Riley commits to N’Western

All-Area Girls Golfer of the Year Brooke Riley has committed to Northwestern, one of the top Division I women's golf programs in the nation.

January 21, 2015 | James Burns | High School Sports


Weston Ranch blows by East Union with balanced scoring

Weston Ranch boys basketball coach Chris Teevan studied his scorebook, marveling at the balance.

January 20, 2015 | James Burns | High School Sports


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