Art Smith isn't asking for much – just a few hours of your time, twisting screws and swinging a hammer.
When she was little, on the cusp of becoming a Division I-caliber player, Isela Rivera's father would keep the budding young striker reaching and wanting and hungry with the Three Bs speech.
Coaches Chabre Basile, Jason Beier and Niki DeGeorge helped return the Manteca Dolphins swim team to prominence in 2013.
There are dynamic strikers and then there are determined strikers.
RIPON – The players gathered in shallow left field with their heads hung low, waiting … and waiting … and waiting for their skipper's final thoughts.
SACRAMENTO - Manteca High sophomore Logan Jackson capped her season with a sixth-place showing at the Sac-Joaquin Section junior varsity dive championships this past weekend.
When Kathy Beer Napolitano became pregnant, she made the difficult decision to leave the Air Force.
Watched closely by two and sometimes three defenders, Isela Rivera has had to find creative ways to keep the East Union offense moving forward this season.
When the soccer season began, the lanky junior patrolling the net for Manteca High was a bona fide star … on the volleyball court.
With the season hanging in the balance, Frank Fontana and the Manteca High tennis team looked to two of its newest players for the pivotal point.
East Union had waited five years to celebrate a Valley Oak League championship, so what was another 30 minutes?
Dakota Conners' first error in Valley Oak League play nearly cost Sierra High.
Jordan Fontanilla and Natalie Griffin stood a little taller than their peers on Saturday afternoon.
The East Union girls soccer team will rest its legs before making a charge at its first section championship.
RIPON – All week long, the talk around the Ripon baseball facility had centered on Tanner Pruett's looping curve ball.
It's being billed as an "epic" football game, an "instant classic" between two perennial powers.
MODESTO – Dakarai Charles stood near the 40-yard line, watching Central Catholic chew up the fourth quarter clock.
Ray Gonzalez's dream of personal training was always bigger than a garage gym.
MARIPOSA - At 6-foot-5 with a super-stretch wingspan, Lukas Vermeulen cuts an imposing figure in the goal.
McKenna Doyle set the curve and the Sierra girls golf team followed suit in a 243-395 Valley Oak League victory over Weston Ranch.
Ask Manteca coach Eric Reis what impresses him most about Central Catholic and the answer stretches on and on.
STOCKTON – One suffered a flat last week, stalling out in Modesto. The other has taken a while to warm up.
MODESTO – Two high school football programs looking to change their stars collided on Friday evening at Modesto Junior College.
Travis Vander Molen found the back of the net twice as the Ripon Christian boys soccer team nearly erased a three-goal deficit in a 5-3 loss to visiting Delhi on Thursday.
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.