Theresa Daniels and her husband, Rodney, are missing being a part of Sierra High.
For the first time in 10 years, they’re without a student at the Manteca Unified campus at 1700 Thomas St.
The school had been a positive experience for all four of her sons. Included are Ronnie and Justin Perata, and Booie and Jarrod Daniels.
Ronnie, Booie and Jarrod played football for the Timberwolves. The latter broke several school records once held by Daniel Teicheira, for whom the stadium is named.
Jarrod Daniels, who led Sierra to the playoffs twice in the past two years, is currently at Modesto Junior College with hopes of playing Division I college football.
“Last year’s football season was magical,” Theresa Daniels said on Thursday.
Her husband also received a recognition plaque for his services in helping out with the 2009 Valley Oak League champions.
As for her other sons, Ronnie graduated in 2003. He earned a degree in business from Sacramento State and is currently working with his uncle in real estate development.
Justin works with youngsters as coach at the Ripon roller hockey rink. He is part of Sierra’s Class of 2004, attending Sac State for a few years before finding employment at a tax company.
“Justin didn’t play football but he was a wonderful student,” his mother said.
Booie is a 2007 graduate of the school. He’s currently attending Delta College while juggling a pair of jobs.
In each case, Theresa and Rodney Daniels became attached not just to the school but to the teachers, coaches and, of course, the football program.
“Our hearts are saddened for (not being directly involved) this season,” Theresa said. “But our family will be Timberwolves to the end.”
The Daniels still plan to go to as many Sierra games as possible. But their interest will also include Saturday games cheering on Jarrod at MJC.