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OUT OF HIS SHELL

RIPON – Fred Garber climbs atop his motorcycle, feels the rubber handles in his hands, and recalls a time when he wasn't riding much.

May 22, 2014 | James Burns | Ripon News


JUST KEEP KICKING

Times are set. Events have been scheduled. And trucks, trunks and RVs have been loaded down with coolers, swim bags and pop-up tents.

May 22, 2014 | James Burns | High School Sports


BEST OF THE BEST

Go ahead, Lady Lancers, take a victory lap.

May 22, 2014 | James Burns | High School Sports


MAN’S BEST FRIEND

Alice Smith rummages through boxes in the garage, searching for a photo of a long-lost relative she's never met.

May 21, 2014 | James Burns | NEWS


KEEP CALM AND DELIVER

These make-or-break moments are often defined by big, imposing aces with even larger personalities, rocket arms and legitimate college and pro prospects.

May 21, 2014 | James Burns | High School Sports


Canales set to kick it in North Dakota

One of the season's indelible moments is of Sierra's Sydnee Canales lacing a deep left-footed shot on goal to earn a draw at Oakdale.

May 21, 2014 | James Burns | High School Sports


Cuneo chooses Pacific over So. Oregon

Clay Cuneo's mind was made up.

May 21, 2014 | James Burns | High School Sports


ONE OF MANY?

STOCKTON – She came. She saw. She conquered.

May 18, 2014 | James Burns | High School Sports


Knights snare D7 crown in PK shootout

STOCKTON – Abby Buitrago calmly stepped to the penalty stripe, spotting the ball and her place in Ripon Christian's storied athletic history.

May 18, 2014 | James Burns | High School Sports


From Park Avenue to park bench

Crouched forward in his seat, shoulders slumped toward the table, Doug Borges rubs calloused hands against one another.

May 17, 2014 | James Burns | Local Columns


‘Banner’ season for three?

A banner season for local girls soccer culminates today with three Sac-Joaquin Section championship games at two sites.

May 17, 2014 | James Burns | High School Sports


REMEMBERING

Art Smith isn't asking for much – just a few hours of your time, twisting screws and swinging a hammer.

May 15, 2014 | James Burns | NEWS


1 with a BULLET

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.

May 15, 2014 | James Burns | High School Sports


WATER WORK

Coaches Chabre Basile, Jason Beier and Niki DeGeorge helped return the Manteca Dolphins swim team to prominence in 2013.

May 14, 2014 | James Burns | High School Sports


WORK LIKE WALLACE

There are dynamic strikers and then there are determined strikers.

May 13, 2014 | James Burns | High School Sports


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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


THE OTHER BIG GAME

It might be the best matchup no one's talking about, and that's OK with East Union coach Willie Herrera.

October 16, 2014 | James Burns | High School Football


TEACHING MOMENTS

LATHROP – On Friday, there wasn't much that went right for the Lathrop football team and its daring quarterback, Diego Chavez

October 15, 2014 | James Burns | High School Football


THE INTERVIEW

Chelsea Gray was destined to assist others, whether by pass or by lesson. The former Brock Elliott Elementary School student has succeeded at basketball's highest levels, winning state championships at

October 14, 2014 | James Burns | Regional Sports


He makes bread selling cookbook

Boulanger Mike Kalanty never thought he'd be a writer, per se.

October 14, 2014 | James Burns | NEWS


NFL experience saves day for MHS

SANTA CLARA - Neil MacDannald traced his way through the belly of Levi's Stadium, distancing himself from a 42-21 loss to a bitter rival.

October 13, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


Sophomore hits ground running

LATHROP – Statistically, it might have been Devin Nunez's worst performance under center for Sierra.

October 11, 2014 | James Burns | High School Football


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