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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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Lincoln girls ranked No. 8 in NorCal

The Lincoln girls basketball team are the top-ranked area team in NorCalPreps’ latest Top 20 hierarchy. Lincoln is No. 8, followed directly by rival St. Mary’s at No. 9. The Trojans beat the Rams 48-42 on  Jan. 29 at Lincoln. Lincoln is also The Record’s top-ranked large school team and St. Mary’s is No. 2. [...]

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Boys basketball on center stage in San Joaquin County

The biggest night of boys basketball thus far this season is here. There are enormous games for league championship, and playoff implications, in the Tri-City Athletic League, San Joaquin Athletic Association and Valley Oak League. Here’s a brief look at all three. The Record is planning on having a reporter at all three games so [...]

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Kelly, Verhoeven, Pieters honored by Cal-Hi Sports

Lincoln High’s Andre Kelly, Manteca’s Tydus Verhoeven and Stockton Christian’s Kadyn Pieters were all named State Stat Stars of the Week by Cal-Hi Sports. Here’s why each of these (Kelly and Verhoeven are seniors and Pieters is a freshman) made the list: Kelly had 32 points and 20 rebounds in Lincoln’s 89-61 win at Tokay. [...]

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Injury-plagued St. Mary’s girls still No. 9 in state

The St. Mary’s girls basketball team is down to No. 9 in Cal-Hi Sports’ latest state rankings. But it’s no wonder, given the rash of injuries that’s hit key players. Junior forward Aquira DeCosta, a dominating, 6-foot-2 player with the fleetness of a guard, has a torn meniscus. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic [...]

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Girls Basketball: All-Area Player of the Year Watchlist

Girls basketball is perhaps the most impressive high school sport in Stockton and San Joaquin County, and this year is proving it yet again. Not only is St. Mary’s ranked No. 6 in the state by Cal-Hi Sports, but Lincoln and Brookside Christian join the Rams in NorCalPreps’ Top 20 rankings. Here is my All-Area [...]

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Boys Basketball: All-Area Player of the Year Watchlist

There’s a month left of regular-season high school basketball in the Sac-Joaquin Section. Though The Record does use postseason performance in our end-of-year honors, it’s time for my first watchlist for both boys and girls basketball All-Area Players of the Year. Remember: This is just for fun, and this list can change dramatically before season’s [...]

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St. Mary’s girls ranked No. 6 in state

Cal-Hi Sports’ latest top 20 state girls basketball rankings are out, and St. Mary’s (13-4) has jumped from No. 7 to No. 6. Cal-Hi is most impressed, it says, with a three-point loss to powerful Las-Vegas Centennial. Even more than beating Mission Hills-Alemany by 20 two days later. Click here to read the full rankings. [...]

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Manteca football schedules Bay Area power

The Manteca football team’s upcoming season will be downright scary for its opposition. Manteca, with a team full of juniors, split the Valley Oak League title with Oakdale and Modesto-Central Catholic, won the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV championship and competed in the CIF NorCal Division 3-AA bowl game (a loss to Menlo-Atherton). The team is [...]

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St. Mary’s football ranked No. 6 in state

The final high school football state rankings from Cal-Hi Sports are here. St. Mary’s has jumped to No. 6, from No. 7, after beating Oakley-Freedom 49-40 in the CIF NorCal Division 1-AA bowl on Friday in Stockton. The Rams’ state finals opponent, San Diego-Cathedral Catholic (14-0), has jumped to No. 5 from No. 6. St. [...]

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    Bob Highfill

    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

    Scott Linesburgh

    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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