They've toiled in the shadows of others. They've struggled with injury and doubt and distractions, and have left their pain on the weight-room floor. Through it all, they've kept their focus on fall's Friday night lights, emerging as captains and leaders and MVP types. This is their time now – everyone's sure of it – so remember the names. Introducing 2013's breakout performers:
RIPON – Andrew Brown will be the focal point of opposing defenses this season. He gets it. The fast-action Ripon Christian running back has amassed 5,803 yards and 71 touchdowns in two seasons at the varsity level, and in first-year head coach Randy Fasani's tricky offense there's no telling where those numbers might stop. But don't sleep on the Knights' other offensive pieces. "The key returner that most people will know is Andrew Brown, our ...
WESTON RANCH – Seth Davis wants to build a legacy on a South Stockton campus accustomed to uneven results and change. Weston Ranch has traditionally been among the Valley Oak League's most athletic teams since its debut as a varsity program in 2004, and it won a share of the league title in 2005. Yet, Davis describes a somewhat fractured program, where constant turnover on the coaching staff has stunted the program's progress. "Steve Jackson ...
RIPON - There is a confidence among those with the Ripon Christian boys soccer program that hasn't existed in nearly a decade.
What do you do when you're overwhelmed with offensive talent? Easy. You take your best midfielder – a kid who received serious consideration in the Valley Oak League Most Valuable Player vote – and turn him into a defender. Oh … wait. Some might think Justin Coenenberg has gone mad, tinkering with the area's top offense in 2012. Rest assured, the Manteca boys soccer coach with the ZZ Top beard just looks crazy. Coenenberg has ...
For about an hour, Tom Hoskins forgot he was at a book signing. Not just any book signing, either – his book signing. The former Manteca Unified School District teacher and Stanford alum stood near the front door of Manteca's The Book Exchange on Wednesday afternoon, locked in deep conversation with Sue Jackson-Gabales. The two had worked together at Sequoia Elementary School for years – Hoskins as a middle-school teacher and Jackson-Gabales a librarian. The ...
Delete Relief is on its way for Manteca firefighters in Twain Harte battling the Rim Fire. Lathrop-Manteca Fire Chief Gene Neely is also coming home. Neely will be replaced by Manteca Fire Chief Kirk Waters on Friday. Neely has commanded a San Joaquin County strike team that has been on the fire line of two separate incidents since Sunday, Aug. 18. The fleet of Type-3 engines, which specialize in fighting wildland fires, was originally deployed ...
Lisa Oliva watched her son board a plane to San Diego on Tuesday, confident his future would be shaped by the men in his past.
Though the restaurant from her youth has been closed for years, the principles thrive in Downtown Manteca.
Arik Anaya was the Trans-Valley League's co-Most Valuable Player, a four-year talent as sure as the sun rises.
MI-WUK VILLAGE – It's going to take more than a bucket of water and hoses to extinguish the Rim Fire.
MI-WUK VILLAGE – Manteca Fire Captain Keith Scott clutched an incident map, referencing it as the morning briefing unfolded beneath the shade of a pine tree.
Ripon Fire Chief Dennis Bitters has been to the fire line, where 7-foot flames have scorched an area of the Mother Lode nearly as large as the city of San Francisco.
WESTON RANCH - West Walker and the Weston Ranch Community Association will mark its one-year anniversary with a celebration of its leaders.
Victor Polanco isn't looking back. He isn't asking "what if." As far as the East Union boys soccer coach is concerned the 2012 season done, done, done. Clearly, though, a season foiled by forfeits still stings. The Lancers' hopes of defending their 2011 Valley Oak League championship were dashed when they were forced to forfeit two blowout wins because Polanco played an ineligible player. At the time, Polanco said he was unaware the player – ...
Nearly 200 more families will enjoy a Thanksgiving Day turkey thanks to the sacrifice of many over the weekend.
The Turkey Day Throwdown crowned two winners: Sean Sanders, Marco Marchinni and Catie Marchinni in the scaled division; and Mark Gonzales, Matt Tafoya and Jazz Herrera in the RX'd division.
Ben Theiss' quick assessment of the inaugural Heller Lipsett Memorial Run, which took place Sunday:
Alex Laurel jumped over the goal line, splitting two defenders on the way to his fourth touchdown of the evening.
A Manteca man was sentenced on Friday to 165 years to life in prison for a multitude of sexual misconduct charges stemming from exchanges he had with two children.
Pat Langdon isn't much of a video game connoisseur, but he did raise two teenagers at the height of the industry's explosion.
Upon further review, Manteca High's wild 69-55 win over Central Valley in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs was one for the ages.
"Big, Bad Benfica" earned the respect of its peers and the adoration of an entire soccer community, just not the cup it chased for months.
The couch is much too small for Cathy, Don and Ashton Lee to sit on at once, but they gladly squeeze into its purple arms, cradling their youngest son.
Hunched over, Eric Reis pulled two of his strongest linemen out of the crowd and pointed to his back.
STOCKTON – Only one team stands between the Weston Ranch boys soccer team and the school's first-ever Sac-Joaquin Section championship.
When it comes time to cut the ribbon on the new playground at Sequoia Heights Baptist Church, Camron Moebius might be too old to enjoy the slides, swings and pull-up bar.
STOCKTON - Esteban Paramo stepped to the penalty stripe with a plan of action, each step carefully thought out.
Levi Huffman charged down the final stretch, building speed like a cyclone along Doxey Park's cyclone fence.
Ja'Quan Gardner has had the attention of the Manteca High football team since the start of summer camp.