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Thomas Lawrence

Lawrence became a prep and general assignment sports reporter for The Record in August 2014. He has covered high school, college and professional sports and more in his career. From November of 2011 through summer 2014, he covered college and prep sports for the Redding Record Searchlight. Thomas is a Chico State University alumnus and an Oakdale High graduate.

Tracy, East Union, St. Mary’s softball state-ranked

Three San Joaquin County softball teams still hold places in Cal-Hi Sports’ state top 20. Tracy (14-1), which remained at No. 15 for a second consecutive week, leads the way, followed by East Union (up to 18 from 19) and St. Mary’s (up to 19 from 20) follow. Tracy and East Union play in the [...]

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Brusa belts first Cal League HR

The swing that’s so smooth, you just know it’s impossible to teach, has produced its first Cal League home run. Gio Brusa, a product of both St. Mary’s High and University of the Pacific baseball, clobbered his first homer with the San Jose Giants in a road game against the Lancaster JetHawks on Tuesday. Brusa [...]

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St. Mary’s football adds Mater Dei to schedule

The St. Mary’s football team will no longer play the reigning CIF State Open Division champion in 2017. Bellflower-St. John Bosco, which was scheduled for a Week 4 trip to Stockton after the Rams traveled to Whittier College to face the Braves last year, pulled off St. Mary’s schedule after setting up a game with [...]

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St. Mary’s, Tracy baseball in NorCal Top 20

The Tracy and St. Mary’s baseball teams are both listed in NorCalPreps’ Top 20 rankings. Tracy (4-0) is No. 11 and St. Mary’s (1-2) is No. 15. Besides being Tri-City Athletic League rivals, the two teams have been dominating the southern half of the Sac-Joaquin Section’s Division I playoff bracket. The two return first-team All-Area [...]

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Elliot Christian boys ranked No. 4 in Division V

The Elliot Christian boys basketball team is the top ranked area team in its division statewide, according to Cal-Hi Sports. Elliot Christian is tabbed at No. 4 in Division V behind No. 1 San Pedro-Rolling Hills Prep, No. 2 Riverside-Notre Dame and No. 3 Watsonville-St. Francis. The Eagles host Ross-Branson in a CIF NorCal Division [...]

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Gameday Preview: Lincoln-St. Mary’s semifinal

When two rivals meet in the playoffs, the spectators can be nearly as invested and anxious as the participant. Take the pregame scene at Pacific’s Spanos Center, where fans awaited the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I semifinal between rivals No. 4 Lincoln and No. 1 St. Mary’s. Doug Murray, Delta College football’s defensive coordinator and the [...]

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Rapid Reaction: Section Basketball Playoffs

It’s almost here. Wait for it. Now WATCH: The basketball playoffs are here! And usually, the release of the brackets is more a ceremonially-exciting thing. It takes awhile for league rematches, or marquee games, to show up. But the Sac-Joaquin Section (which communications director Will DeBoard acknowledged during the selection show with The Sacramento Bee’s [...]

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Prep Baseball Players to Watch this Spring

Lee Brewer was not The Record’s All-Area Baseball Player of the Year last spring (it was impossible to deny St. Mary’s center fielder Jarron Silva, now at UCLA), but he certainly produced a deserving season. Brewer, now a senior and third baseman for the defending Sac-Joaquin Section Division I South champion Bulldogs, batted .393 with [...]

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SJAA Boys Basketball Playoff Scenarios

March Madness is here 19 days early. The final night of San Joaquin Athletic Association regular-season boys basketball is here. And before we dive into potential playoff scenarios, here’s a quick look at the hierarchy: 2016-17 SJAA standings T1. Edison 7-2, 17-9* T1. Stagg 7-2, 17-9* 3. Chavez 6-3, 13-12 4. Franklin 5-4, 8-15 T5. [...]

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Edison’s Almendarez honored by Cal-Hi Sports

Celeste Almendarez, a junior point guard on the back-to-back SJAA champion Edison girls basketball team, has been honored as one of Cal-Hi Sports’ State Stat Stars of the Week. Almendarez had two triple-doubles last week, with 35 points, 13 rebounds and 10 steals in a 69-36 win over McNair and 22 points, 15 rebounds and [...]

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