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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


Weston Ranch, Lathrop limp into Battle of I-5

STOCKTON – One suffered a flat last week, stalling out in Modesto. The other has taken a while to warm up.

September 25, 2014 | James Burns | High School Sports


Weston Ranch ill-prepared in loss to Spartans

MODESTO – Two high school football programs looking to change their stars collided on Friday evening at Modesto Junior College.

September 20, 2014 | James Burns | High School Football


Knights can’t dig out of early hole

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.

September 19, 2014 | James Burns | High School Sports


EU’s bulldog on the sideline

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.

September 16, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


CHALLENGE ACCEPTED

East Union coach Willie Herrera put the future of the football program on the shoulders of a sophomore quarterback.

September 13, 2014 | James Burns | High School Football


Holly Rochelle’s birthday dance

The Holly Rochelle Dance Company will celebrate its one-year anniversary on Sunday with a twist only a dancer could pull off.

September 11, 2014 | James Burns | Local Business


The Interview with Jack Miller

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.

September 11, 2014 | James Burns | High School Sports


Conditioning concerns EU coach Herrera

Willie Herrera knows just how close his East Union football team came to winning its season opener two weeks ago.

September 11, 2014 | James Burns | High School Football


Buffs knock off rust

The Manteca High boys soccer team took full advantage of its first practice in nearly a week.

September 11, 2014 | James Burns | High School Sports


Extra duty for Buff responsible for extra points

The two-point conversion has long been the nemesis of Manteca High football coach Eric Reis.

September 09, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


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Articles By Author - James Burns


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


RC reaches D7 final thanks to Colyn’s spark

RIPON - Kyle Colyn's cheek twitched with nervous excitement and it was all he could do to suppress a smile.

November 12, 2014 | James Burns | High School Sports


KIN-NECTION

RIPON - When you're cousins, so close in age and interests you may as well be brothers, you develop certain advantages in the athletic arena.

November 11, 2014 | James Burns | High School Sports


Running backs rule VOL MVP chatter

The Valley Oak League season lived up to expectation, delivering us four worthy title contenders, and essentially two championship games on the final night.

November 11, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


Splat! Green Machine crushes EU

After sputtering midway through the season, the Green Machine has reached top speed just in time for another postseason run.

November 08, 2014 | James Burns | High School Football


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


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