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FAMILIAR FOES

From the start of the season, the rhetoric surrounding the Sierra and Weston Ranch boys basketball teams was consistent.

March 06, 2015 | James Burns | High School Sports


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


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Articles By Author - James Burns


VOL to award versatility

By JAMES BURNS

April 28, 2015 | James Burns | High School Sports


HUNGRY FOR MORE

Victor Polanco won't even touch the question.

April 27, 2015 | James Burns | High School Sports


RC dismisses Vander Molen as head coach

After two decades with the program, Ron Vander Molen is no longer the boys varsity basketball coach at Ripon Christian.

April 25, 2015 | James Burns | High School Sports


‘Wrong Arm’ lifts Knights to series win

RIPON – Jon De Visser has learned to embrace the zaniness of "Wrong Arm," his playful nickname for left-hander Connor McGovern.

April 25, 2015 | James Burns | High School Sports


Late arrival has given Sierra a boost

Jack Thomson encourages today's student-athletes to play as many sports as possible, but as the baseball coach of several basketball players, the longtime Sierra High skipper has also been a victim of that phenomena.

April 24, 2015 | James Burns | High School Sports


Brock Elliott students Love Manteca

Plant a seed.

April 23, 2015 | James Burns | NEWS


ON THE PROWL

Steven Rios was so fired up for Wednesday's clash with Oakdale that he could feel his body tightening up in the batter's box.

April 23, 2015 | James Burns | High School Sports


Streaky Indians working out kinks

RIPON - In seven innings against a defending Sac-Joaquin Section champion, Ripon coach Jon Manrique bore witness to the very best and worst of his baseball team.

April 23, 2015 | James Burns | High School Sports


Expert to offer free advice at Manteca

National speaker and former collegiate athletic director Jack Renkens is bringing his no-nonsense insight on the world of college recruiting to Manteca High.

April 22, 2015 | James Burns | High School Sports


BATTLE TESTED

RIPON - Manteca High freshman Kyle Rachels showed maturity well beyond his years, pitching four-plus innings of long relief.

April 21, 2015 | James Burns | High School Sports


Another Buff to Mayville

Mayville State University coach John Haines made the 1,900-mile trip to the Family City equipped with only a simple pitch.

April 21, 2015 | James Burns | High School Sports


Riponites finish Boston Marathon

Tiffany McBroom and Ramona Huerta can cross the Boston Marathon off their running bucket list.

April 21, 2015 | James Burns | Around Town


Raiders rally past Manteca for series split

Ronaldo Tijero charged the dribbling baseball, bare-handing it halfway up the third-base line before releasing a rocket across the diamond.

April 18, 2015 | James Burns | High School Sports


RUN TO REMEMBER

Turns out, Tiffany McBroom was a natural.

April 18, 2015 | James Burns | NEWS


Cameras focus on ‘Kicking for Cure’

Justin Coenenberg and the Manteca High girls soccer team will make their TV debut on Monday morning.

April 18, 2015 | James Burns | NEWS


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