Category Archives: High School Sports

Coverage of High School Sports in the Stockton, California area.

Top 50 Football Players Countdown: No. 8, Derrion Grim

When you make it to the Top 10 of this list, you have collegiate-level football talent. And a certain blue-turfed, West Coast powerhouse which had a comedy called “Blue Mountain State” indirectly made about it certainly thought highly of No. 8. My Top 50 Football Players Countdown, weighing the best returners in The Record’s coverage [...]

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Manteca’s Wooten pursued by Kansas State, Nevada

A year off from varsity basketball hasn’t derailed the recruiting trail for Manteca High senior Kenny Wooten. Wooten, a 6-foot-8 forward, transferred from Stagg to Manteca as a junior, after averaging 22 points, eight rebounds and five blocks per game as a sophomore in 2013-14. He attempted to have the 30-day transfer sitout period for [...]

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Top 50 Football Players Countdown: No. 10, Erron Duncan

We’re officially into the top 10. And we open with a lightning-quick student-athlete from the Valley Oak League. My Top 50 Football Players Countdown, weighing the best returners in The Record’s coverage area: San Joaquin County and the Mother Lode, is in its inaugural edition. The inspiration and much of the wording describing these rankings [...]

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Bear Creek hires Pete Pijl as baseball coach

Bear Creek High has hired a new head varsity baseball coach, and one with an incredible resume at that. Pete Pijl, who won 11 league championships, six divisional titles and three Sac-Joaquin Section championships in 13 seasons as St. Mary’s coach, has joined the Bruins, who finished second in the San Joaquin Athletic Association and [...]

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Football Camp Tour, Day 5: Chavez and McNair

His players might not always realize it, but Chavez football coach John Ward has a sense of humor. Ward, a Franklin grad entering his sixth year coaching the Titans, called four of his players over to be interviewed on video by me toward the end of tonight’s practice. And Ward, everytime, pretended like he was [...]

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Football Camp Tour, Day 4: Sierra, Manteca, East Union

Football season, at its best, is covered with frost, with temperatures plunging, making hits that much more painful, and fans warmed only by the sport in front of them. So, plunging through the Central Valley’s high school camps in August doesn’t feel quite right yet. Still, the energy was palpable as I visited a Valley [...]

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Football Camp Tour, Day 3: Franklin and Edison

What better way to christen the third day of my fall football camp tour by visiting a pair of rivals. In this case, I visited Franklin and Edison, who finished last and second-to-last in the San Joaquin Athletic Association a season ago. It’s the first year for Yellowjackets coach Larry Thompson, and the seventh for [...]

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Top 50 Football Players Countdown: Nos. 11-17

Here’s the truth. Every player remaining of my top returner rankings, which is entering its sixth edition this week, in my Top 50 Football Players Countdown, is a Top 10-caliber talent. Keep that in mind when reading about these seven competitors from Stockton and San Joaquin County. The returner rankings roll on with Nos. 11-17. [...]

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Football Camp Tour, Day 2: Lodi, Tokay, Bear Creek

Northbound I went, to visit three of the Lodi Unified School District prep football teams. The day began with Flames, continued with Tigers and finished with Bruins. As I’ll do every day this week, I’m presenting some notes and thoughts from each camp. Here’s my look from Day 1 of my football camp tour — [...]

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Bear Creek’s Green commits to Holy Names

The tear of the anterior cruciate ligament, better known as the “ACL” in a knee, has become one of basketball’s signature injuries. It’s like baseball pitchers’ elbow woes, followed by Tommy John surgery. Or, the inevitable and often brutal concussions of football. Many basketball players (see: former NBA MVP Derrick Rose) don’t look the same [...]

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