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It’s not your father’s PE class

Annisity Miller tracks her name on the board hanging high above the weight room at Sierra High.

February 14, 2015 | James Burns | Education


PROMISE KEPT

STOCKTON - The Wolf Pack spilled out of the stands, washing the court in blues, grays and whites.

February 14, 2015 | James Burns | High School Sports


ENTER THE DRAGONY

Rena Dragony emerged from a scrum beneath the basket with a smile and her pinkies pointed to the sky.

February 12, 2015 | James Burns | High School Sports


FULL STRENGTH

With about six minutes left in the third quarter, Jim Agostini called a timeout and did something he rarely ever does.

February 11, 2015 | James Burns | High School Sports


TIME TO SHINE

Don't look now, but the high school basketball postseason is upon us.

February 10, 2015 | James Burns | Sports Columns


Colyn next on tee at Dordt College

Ripon Christian three-sport athlete Kyle Colyn has signed a letter of intent to play golf at Dordt College in the fall.

February 07, 2015 | James Burns | High School Sports


Hundal, Manteca prove point in rout

Manteca High wanted to send a message to the pundits keeping close watch on the Sac-Joaquin Section's boys basketball scene.

February 07, 2015 | James Burns | High School Sports


Benfica Red U9 girls win 6v6 Shootout

The under-9 Benfica Red girls of the Manteca Futbol Club captured their age division at the Riley Simmons 6v6 Shootout on Saturday.

February 03, 2015 | James Burns | Regional Sports


REHAB EXPERTS

Bobby Ismail specializes in the rehabilitation of the body, and now it seems, the building too.

February 01, 2015 | James Burns | NEWS


CHECKMATE

Chris Teevan turned the game into a chess match, just as he had promised, sending five fast-action guards at the reigning Valley Oak League champions.

January 30, 2015 | James Burns | High School Sports


Sierra wrestling makes history

In his fifth season, coach Alex Nuanez has the Sierra High wrestling program trending in the right direction.

January 30, 2015 | James Burns | High School Sports


Paschini leads way for Ripon

ESCALON – Aaron Paschini scored 10 of his game-high 28 points in the fourth quarter, fueling Ripon's late surge in a 53-49 victory on Friday night.

January 30, 2015 | James Burns | High School Sports


EU heating up

OAKDALE – It was about this time last year that Olivia Vezaldenos and the East Union girls basketball team began their playoff push.

January 29, 2015 | James Burns | High School Sports


RC loses T. Vander Molen in win

HUGHSON – Ripon Christian kept its perfect Trans-Valley League record intact but may have lost a key player in the process.

January 29, 2015 | James Burns | High School Sports


TESTED ON ROAD

LATHROP – Jaelen Ragsdale had his best performance in weeks on a night when Lathrop star Isaiah Ellis struggled just to stay on the court.

January 29, 2015 | James Burns | High School Sports


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Articles By Author - James Burns


Wait allows Sierra to recover, refocus

The past three days have been an exercise of control and focus for Scott Thomason and his history-making Sierra High boys basketball team.

March 12, 2015 | James Burns | High School Sports


Slow-starting Aptos rallies past Cougars

STOCKTON - Jaelen Ragsdale lingered around the bench, shuffling between handshakes, high-fives and hugs from appreciative Cougar fans.

March 12, 2015 | James Burns | High School Sports


DESTINY ON BUFFS’ SIDE

In four years, the Manteca High girls soccer program has raised more than $25,000 for the American Cancer Society and ill-stricken families in the community.

March 11, 2015 | James Burns | High School Sports


STATE OF MIND

The Manteca High boys basketball has been pitted against one of the hottest teams in Northern California, but Foothill remains a secondary concern at this point.

March 10, 2015 | James Burns | High School Sports


Section final loss still stings Cougars

Weston Ranch boys basketball coach Chris Teevan let nature run its course during Monday afternoon's practice.

March 10, 2015 | James Burns | High School Sports


NO DOUBT ABOUT IT

SACRAMENTO - With 23 seconds left and victory safely in hand, Scott Thomason reared back and howled toward the rafters at Sleep Train Arena.

March 07, 2015 | James Burns | High School Sports


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


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