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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


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


All-American honors for VFW Post 6311

When the Jimmy Connors Veterans of Foreign Wars Post moves into its new facility next year it will do so with new bling and plenty of helping hands.

October 30, 2014 | James Burns | NEWS


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