For three years, Billy Sharmoug and Isaac McClain were the big men on the Manteca High campus.
It looks like the Manteca High football team will have its big stars for the big game.
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.
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.
Jeff Harbison pointed to the scoreboard hanging over the crowd at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium, inviting everyone to take one last look.
LE GRAND – Billy Marr never saw the rush.
And on this side of town, shaped by a lifetime of hard lessons, former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson.
Before there was Savage Elite Fitness there was personal sacrifice and a desperate, soul-searching struggle.
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.
It's being billed as an "epic" football game, an "instant classic" between two perennial powers.
MODESTO – Dakarai Charles stood near the 40-yard line, watching Central Catholic chew up the fourth quarter clock.
Ray Gonzalez's dream of personal training was always bigger than a garage gym.
MARIPOSA - At 6-foot-5 with a super-stretch wingspan, Lukas Vermeulen cuts an imposing figure in the goal.
McKenna Doyle set the curve and the Sierra girls golf team followed suit in a 243-395 Valley Oak League victory over Weston Ranch.
Ask Manteca coach Eric Reis what impresses him most about Central Catholic and the answer stretches on and on.
RIPON - Kyle Colyn's cheek twitched with nervous excitement and it was all he could do to suppress a smile.
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.
The Valley Oak League season lived up to expectation, delivering us four worthy title contenders, and essentially two championship games on the final night.
After sputtering midway through the season, the Green Machine has reached top speed just in time for another postseason run.
RIPON – Travis Vander Molen buried his head in his hands after misfiring on a point-blank header.
There's a special bond that exists between quarterback and coach, which makes this Friday's rivalry tilt between Manteca and East Union, well...
Jack Weaver didn't mince his words.
The Manteca-East Union freshman football game has been cancelled.
By JAMES BURNS
CERES - The last time the East Union and Central Valley boys soccer programs met in the playoffs their semifinal escalated into a shootout.
For two years, Steven Martinez has lined up on the offensive or defensive line for the Manteca varsity football team.
Alondra Avila has been accepted into the Miss Stockton/Sacrament pageant on Nov. 22.
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.
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.
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.