Category Archives: High School Sports

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

Lopsided History: Manteca football has terrorized Weston Ranch

Despite mostly losing seasons, the Weston Ranch football team has an impressive win here or there in now 12 years of varsity pigskin. Weston Ranch, back in its only winning season of 2005, beat Oakdale by a touchdown, and shut out Sierra in the same year, Timberwolves coach Jeff Harbison’s first. The Cougars have also [...]

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St. Mary’s football drops out of NorCal Top 25

The St. Mary’s football team (2-2), after its 33-30, last-second loss at Los Gatos (1-3) has dropped from 23rd to out of’s and The Sacramento Bee’s Joe Davidson’s NorCal Top 25 rankings. Meanwhile, Valley Oak League heavyweights Modesto-Central Catholic (4-0, 1-0 VOL) stays at 11th, and Oakdale (4-0, 1-0) enters at 25th. Over at [...]

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Prep Football Player of the Year Watchlist: Week 5

Hard to believe we’re halfway through high school football season. And, as we speak, the sky is leaking outside. What’s this “rain” you’re talking about? I’ve forgotten all about weather patterns since the drought ensued. Anyway, with October looming tomorrow, here’s my latest Prep Football All-Area Player of the Year Watchlist, with a few more [...]

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Five Questions for Prep Football Week Five

Half of being a journalist is being clever. What’s a clever headline? What’s a clever way to start off this story? What’s a clever way to boost my Twitter followers? Unfortunately, that last one is true, too. So this week, in honor of Week 5, here are five questions to be answered for area high [...]

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Players to Watch: Manteca at Weston Ranch

The Weston Ranch football team is one of the great unknowns in the area. After a 3-0 start, in which the Cougars obliterated Edison, Galt and Modesto-Grace Davis, we were left wondering just how good they were after beating up on inferior opponents. Well, Modesto-Central Catholic, a three-time defending state champion, gave Weston Ranch a [...]

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Helmet Stickers: Prep Football Week 4

The Lathrop football team is having a blast proving everybody wrong. Especially reporters like me! I predicted East Union would beat Lathrop by a touchdown Friday, in their Valley Oak League opener at Bennie Gatto Field. Instead, the Spartans defense pitched a shutout, in a 35-0 shellacking of the Lancers. On offense, senior Jacob Devita [...]

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Prep Football Power Rankings: Week 5

A new No. 1 is here. The Buffaloes can no longer be denied. The Manteca football team kept dismantling its 2015 competition, annihilating Kimball 62-0 in the Valley Oak League opener Friday at Guss Schmiedt Field in Manteca. Manteca has now outscored its opponents 203-12 this season, though it hasn’t played any powerful teams yet. [...]

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Bret Harte-Calaveras Player of the Game: J.J. Gonzalez

Some football weapons are predictable. Take giant tight ends like the Dallas Cowboys Jason Witten. Their good hands and immense height and strength make them a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses. Some, though, aren’t physically imposing, but versatile enough to change a game in remarkable fashion. That’s what J.J. Gonzalez, a 5-foot-7, 160-pound senior, was [...]

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St. Mary’s stays put in NorCal rankings

The St. Mary’s football team has remained 23rd, in the latest NorCal 25, presented by and The Sacramento Bee’s Joe Davidson. St. Mary’s (2-1) overpowered San Francisco-St. Ignatius 47-23 last Friday at Sanguinetti Field in Stockton. That game started poorly for the Rams, with a four-and-out and the Wildcats scoring a touchdown on their [...]

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Friday Prep Football Predictions: Week 4

First off, tributes to those who proved me oh-so-wrong last Friday. To the Lincoln Trojans’, whose offense rebounded, and whose defense held a lethally-good Modesto-Downey offense to 29 points in 34-29 upset on the road. To the East Union Lancers, who rode the right foot of junior quarterback Jack Weaver, also a kicker, to a [...]

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