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BIG MEN ON CAMPUS

For three years, Billy Sharmoug and Isaac McClain were the big men on the Manteca High campus.

October 09, 2014 | James Burns | High School Football


Charles, Soto will play Saturday

It looks like the Manteca High football team will have its big stars for the big game.

October 07, 2014 | James Burns | High School Football


Family rocked by Dean’s sudden death; needs help with funeral

Angelica Dean was, by all accounts, caring, selfless and hardworking, and the longtime Manteca resident used those traits to build a career in assisting the elderly.

October 04, 2014 | James Burns | NEWS


Merced: People + ideas + support = success

MERCED – The lobby at Coffee Bandits froths with conversation of all flavors, and it's not uncommon to find those on divergent paths sharing creamers.

October 04, 2014 | James Burns | NEWS


Victory began with promises

Jeff Harbison pointed to the scoreboard hanging over the crowd at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium, inviting everyone to take one last look.

October 04, 2014 | James Burns | High School Football


RC rally sacked by Le Grand

LE GRAND – Billy Marr never saw the rush.

October 04, 2014 | James Burns | High School Football


‘Iron Mike’ at East Union

And on this side of town, shaped by a lifetime of hard lessons, former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson.

October 03, 2014 | James Burns | Education


SAVAGE DUO

Before there was Savage Elite Fitness there was personal sacrifice and a desperate, soul-searching struggle.

October 03, 2014 | James Burns | NEWS


THE BEAST

The compliments have come rushing in for the Sierra High football team and its defensive leader, Trevon McCray. He's been called "the best player on the field" by Ripon coach Chris Johnson following the Timberwolves' season-opening 54-7 victory. Teammates often refer to the middle linebacker as an "animal" for his tenacious play on Friday evenings.

October 03, 2014 | James Burns | High School Football


Dust settles from ‘epic’ VOL opener

It's being billed as an "epic" football game, an "instant classic" between two perennial powers.

September 30, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


Manteca QB shows mettle in painful loss

MODESTO – Dakarai Charles stood near the 40-yard line, watching Central Catholic chew up the fourth quarter clock.

September 27, 2014 | James Burns | High School Football


Savage Fitness set to celebrate 1-year birthday

Ray Gonzalez's dream of personal training was always bigger than a garage gym.

September 26, 2014 | James Burns | Around Town


Vermeulen, RC defense anchor win

MARIPOSA - At 6-foot-5 with a super-stretch wingspan, Lukas Vermeulen cuts an imposing figure in the goal.

September 26, 2014 | James Burns | High School Sports


Doyle is low medalist again for Sierra golf

McKenna Doyle set the curve and the Sierra girls golf team followed suit in a 243-395 Valley Oak League victory over Weston Ranch.

September 26, 2014 | James Burns | High School Sports


Buffs to face state champs in VOL opener

Ask Manteca coach Eric Reis what impresses him most about Central Catholic and the answer stretches on and on.

September 25, 2014 | James Burns | High School Football


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Articles By Author - James Burns


BOUNTIFUL HARVEST

Larry Albers saunters out of his home along Woodward Avenue like some dusty old cowboy. His hands tucked into his jeans, a hard day's work painted across his face.

November 23, 2014 | James Burns | NEWS


Buffaloes upended by Sacramento

Down to their final play, Dakarai Charles threw toward the corner of the end zone with confidence.

November 22, 2014 | James Burns | High School Football


ROUND TWO

A year ago, Manteca put an emphatic stamp on its fourth Sac-Joaquin Section championship with a runaway victory over a first-time finalist.

November 21, 2014 | James Burns | High School Football


Calling on young guns for playoff run

Sophomores have long been a part of Sierra's winning formula this season, but when Brandon Arreola burst around the corner and into the end zone this was something new.

November 20, 2014 | James Burns | High School Football


SWEET MUSIC

He calls out the play, standing tall in his stance, signaling each member of his team with smooth arm strokes.

November 20, 2014 | James Burns | Education


GETTING HER KICKS

Behind the goal posts, shagging footballs blasted through the uprights during warm-ups, Sierra's Marissa LaQuaglia makes no illusions about her role on Friday nights.

November 19, 2014 | James Burns | High School Football


Former area stars shine in college

Former Weston Ranch point guard Eric Duncan left the city of Stockton with big aspirations. He packed his bag, grabbed his basketball and held tight to his Division I dreams.

November 19, 2014 | James Burns | High School Sports


Running to keep memory of beloved teacher alive

EDITOR'S NOTE: This article first appeared in the Nov. 8, 2013 edition of the Manteca Bulletin. It has been modified to accommodate Sunday's second annual Heller E. Lipsett Memorial.

November 19, 2014 | James Burns | Local Columns


TOUGH BREAK

Brooke Riley stood over a nasty 4-foot putt with a clear understanding of what it meant.

November 18, 2014 | James Burns | High School Sports


Cougar Country

All season long, they've carried themselves like MVPs, making the tough calls and taking the tough shots.

November 18, 2014 | James Burns | High School Sports


LIPSETT’S RUN

McParland Principal Dale Borgeson came up with the vision for his school's next health and fitness project.

November 18, 2014 | James Burns | NEWS


Sierra not content with win

Confetti wafted in the air above the home bleachers and players were met with hugs and high-fives at every turn.

November 15, 2014 | James Burns | High School Football


No. 2 Sierra better against the Spread

By now, the Sac-Joaquin Section football playoff brackets have been dissected and analyzed by anyone with a rooting interest or a job to do.

November 13, 2014 | James Burns | High School Football


Scudder, defense lift Ripon into D2 final

ROCKLIN – The morning commute couldn't have gone much worse for the Ripon High boys water polo team.

November 13, 2014 | James Burns | High School Sports


Weston Ranch, RC take aim at SJS titles

The Ripon Christian boys soccer program has waited nearly 20 years for an opportunity to win another Sac-Joaquin Section championship.

November 13, 2014 | James Burns | High School Sports


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