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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.

Top 50 Football Returners Countdown: Nos. 11-15

  Don’t let Pac-12 football fool you. Running the ball still matters. Especially in high school. With that in mind, my Top 50 Football Returners Countdown rolls on with Nos. 11-14, three of whom specialize in carrying the football, taking a beating and playing a massive role for their teams. Take a look at Nos. [...]

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Top 50 Football Returners Countdown: Nos. 16-22

This is the time in my yearly football returner rankings where feelings get hurt (unnecessarily, this is for fun), controversy is created (I love that) and debates are sparked (I really love that). Sounds like fun, right? My rankings return, as football nears. Week 0, Aug. 25, is three weeks from today. Take a look [...]

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Top 50 Football Returners Countdown: Nos. 23-29

We are officially more than halfway done. My Top 50 Football Returners Countdown continues, with seven more entries from six programs: Tokay, St. Mary’s, Manteca, Tracy, Calaveras and McNair. Here, we have players from both sides of the ball, but once again, we have at least one quarterback included. Take a look at Nos. 23-29: [...]

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Top 50 Football Returners Countdown: Nos. 30-36

Five of these next seven players competed in last year’s Sac-Joaquin Section football playoffs. Four of these next seven players spent time at quarterback. One of these players won a section championship and NorCal play-in game. Want to know more?  Read on. My Top 50 Football Returners Countdown continues with Nos. 30-36. My Top 50 [...]

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Top 50 Football Returners Countdown: Nos. 37-43

We’re now into the top 40 of my Top 50 Football Returners Countdown. And high school football is less than a month and a half away. Every Friday, in honor of Friday Night Lights, we’ll start posting seven of the Top 50 at a time until mid-August. Beginning on Aug. 16, we’ll do one each [...]

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Top 50 Football Returners Countdown: Nos. 44-50

Everyone gather round the campfire (or the iPhone app that resembles a campfire, whatever), because my Top 50 Football Returners Countdown is back for a third consecutive season. Every Friday, in honor of Friday Night Lights, we’ll start posting seven of the Top 50 at a time for the next month-and-a-half. Beginning on Aug. 16, [...]

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Jackson to interview for Pacific job

Noah Jackson, an assistant coach for the past two seasons under Mike Neu, is interviewing for the position of Pacific baseball team head coach. Jackson confirmed today that he is interviewing for the job on Monday. Neu accepted the job as Cal baseball’s head coach on Wednesday. Neu, a former major league pitcher with the [...]

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San Joaquin County Football: Bracket of Champions

Imagine if we could take away all of those less-interesting, nonleague football games, and settle who owns San Joaquin County once-and-for-all. How sweet would that be? Well, in the make believe world of summertime blogging, we’re making it come to life. I’ve crafted an eight team, San Joaquin County Showdown championship bracket. The seeds I’ve [...]

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The Way Too Early 2017 All-Area Football Team

It’s 78 days until kickoff, which means the anticipation is at a whisper, not a scream. Still, it’s never too early (I mean, it is, but this is fun nonetheless) to construct a “Way Too Early” look at how our first team All-Area squad could look after this upcoming season. Keep in mind, I’m only [...]

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All-Area Softball Player of the Year Watchlist

The hard part isn’t singling out good candidates for who could be The Record’s next All-Area Softball Player of the Year. The hard part is limiting them to a reasonable number (in this case, a “Magnificent Seven”). Of course, as with any postseason awards we do, the winning teams have a much better chance at [...]

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    Bob Highfill has been with The Record sports department since 1990. He started as a part-time reporter/agate clerk then covered the high school sports beat before taking on the Pacific athletics beat. In 2006, he was named sports editor. Bob was ... Read Full

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    Linesburgh has been a member of The Record's sports department since 1988. A native of Wantagh, N.Y., he covers the Stockton Heat of the American Hockey League, and has spent more than a quarter century reporting various other sports on the high ... Read Full

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    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 ... Read Full
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