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Quick start for No. 1 Knights

RIPON – Travis Vander Molen buried his head in his hands after misfiring on a point-blank header.

November 07, 2014 | James Burns | High School Sports


Coach, former pupil reunite

There's a special bond that exists between quarterback and coach, which makes this Friday's rivalry tilt between Manteca and East Union, well...

November 07, 2014 | James Burns | High School Sports


LATE RISERS

Jack Weaver didn't mince his words.

November 06, 2014 | James Burns | High School Football


MHS-EU frosh game cancelled

The Manteca-East Union freshman football game has been cancelled.

November 05, 2014 | James Burns | High School Football


ROCKET MAN

By JAMES BURNS

November 05, 2014 | James Burns | High School Football


Own goal dooms East Union

CERES - The last time the East Union and Central Valley boys soccer programs met in the playoffs their semifinal escalated into a shootout.

November 05, 2014 | James Burns | High School Sports


Buffs bring ‘Bacon’ out of backfield

For two years, Steven Martinez has lined up on the offensive or defensive line for the Manteca varsity football team.

November 04, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


MHS senior vying for Miss Teen crown

Alondra Avila has been accepted into the Miss Stockton/Sacrament pageant on Nov. 22.

November 04, 2014 | James Burns | NEWS


‘OUR TOWN’

The rain roused a tamed beast, grounded a team reaching for history and kept the Valley Oak League title chase in flux for one more week.

November 01, 2014 | James Burns | High School Football


GOING STREAKIN’

It's Halloween, and the spookiest holiday of the year has given football fans a real treat: defending Valley Oak League champion Manteca versus unbeaten Sierra, with more than just bragging rights at stake.

October 31, 2014 | James Burns | High School Football


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


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Articles By Author - James Burns


POINT TO PROVE

Sierra coach Scott Thomason was money from the 3-point line during his playing days at Pacific.

March 05, 2015 | James Burns | High School Sports


Branches on opposite side of coaching tree

Scott Thomason wears a classic game-day outfit, and so do the members of his staff: solid colors with a coordinated tie.

March 05, 2015 | James Burns | High School Sports


Vazquez, fresh cast lead Sierra softball

And so the Maria Vazquez era begins at Sierra High.

March 04, 2015 | James Burns | High School Sports


Ripon swarms RC, nets 5 in first half

RIPON – The Ripon High girls soccer team doesn't have the flashy striker with video-game numbers or a fresh Sac-Joaquin Section championship banner blowing in its corner.

March 04, 2015 | James Burns | High School Sports


MHS tennis sweeps Spartans

With each match, Frank Fontana learns something new about his tennis team.

March 04, 2015 | James Burns | High School Sports


Teevan: Ragsdale ready for big stage

WESTON RANCH – Jaelen Ragsdale, the moment is yours.

March 03, 2015 | James Burns | High School Sports


Hundal hobbled; listed as probable

The big man has tried cold compressions, massages, laser treatments and muscle stimulation.

March 03, 2015 | James Burns | High School Sports


STAYING ALIVE

The Sierra boys basketball stepped into the telephone booth a shaken No. 3 seed on the cusp of an embarrassing home defeat.

February 28, 2015 | James Burns | High School Sports


Weston Ranch stuns No. 1 Christian Brothers

When the brackets for the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs were announced, Chris Teevan welcomed the slog ahead of his basketball program.

February 28, 2015 | James Burns | High School Sports


LAST CHANCE

LATHROP - It's now or never for Alex Garcia, a wrestler with a rich bloodline and one glaring omission on an otherwise sparkling resume.

February 27, 2015 | James Burns | High School Sports


MUST all-star game retuns

The Maryann Wallace Pangburn 7/8 Grade All-Star Classic will return to Sierra High this Saturday after a one-year hiatus.

February 26, 2015 | James Burns | High School Sports


CLOSE CALL

Tyler Graves-Kelso threw his body into the stands, his hands into the passing lanes, and more importantly, he threw a perfect strike to Marcus Montano with the game on the line.

February 26, 2015 | James Burns | High School Sports


Undersized Ripon comes up short vs. Marysville

Erik Scheive found space at the back-door, finishing a third-quarter lob with authority.

February 25, 2015 | James Burns | High School Sports


Multi-sport star finds his groove on hardwood

Marcus Montano has scored bending free kicks at the final whistle to win soccer games.

February 25, 2015 | James Burns | High School Sports


ROLLING WITH RENA

Jim Agostini didn't recognize the number, but there was no mistaking the voice on the other end of the line.

February 24, 2015 | James Burns | High School Sports


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