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Brookside Christian hires Wilburn as girls basketball coach

If there’s one thing the new Brookside Christian girls basketball coach needed, it was championship pedigree. Check. The Knights announced they’d hired Pico Wilburn Tuesday, replacing Que Ngo and his four-year tenure. Ngo went 110-21, with three Sac-Joaquin Section championships and a NorCal crown. Wilburn has four league championships, two Oakland Section titles, and oh [...]

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Back in Action: Top VOL Football Returners

The Valley Oak League has become a hall of champions. The new VOL, an eight-team gauntlet, has Central Catholic (17 Sac-Joaquin Section championships, back-to-back NorCal and state titles), Manteca (4 SJSCIF titles, NorCal bowl appearance last season) and Oakdale (2013 NorCal D-II champion, three SJSCIF banners). Not to mention a playoff team in Sierra, along [...]

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Thunder makes good and familiar hire

Sometimes the obvious choice is the best. Bringing back Dave Piecuch to become the new president of the Thunder was an obvious move, and the correct one. A former vice president of sales from the time when the franchise led the ECHL in attendance, he brings a nice combination of youth, experience and familiarity. The [...]

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Back in Action: Top SJAA Football Returners

The new San Joaquin Athletic Association is what high school football is all about. This league is all Stockton, and in a six-team format with defending champion Stagg, Edison, Franklin, McNair, Bear Creek and Chavez. The Delta Kings, who went 5-0 in SJAA play and 10-2 overall last year en route to the No. 2 [...]

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Best of Brandin: Saints’ Cooks’ top games at Lincoln High

Brandin Cooks may have been the steal of the 2014 NFL Draft. Cooks, a 5-foot-10, 190-pound receiver from Stockton’s Lincoln High, was selected 20th overall by the New Orleans Saints. Mind you, a Saints team that makes menacing weapons out of ultra-quick players like Cooks. See: Darren Sproles. Cooks tore apart the Pac-12 with Oregon [...]

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Yaqui Lopez would be a champion if classic fight happened in 2014

As a lifelong boxing fan, it was fascinating to research old fight footage while preparing to write the story which ran in Saturday’s edition of The Record about famed Stockton fighter Alvaro “Yaqui Lopez’s trip to attend the funeral of old friend and foe Matthew Saad Muhammad. And I was left with the feeling that [...]

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Thunder finished because it couldn’t finish

It was a fine run by the Thunder in the playoffs, it played hard and swept a higher seed in the first round of the playoffs. But it didn’t get out of the second round because it couldn’t close the deal when it had the lead against Bakersfield. The Condors won 5-3 on Saturday, won [...]

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Thunder has little time to shake off disheartening loss

The Thunder are in trouble. The only question is how it reacts to the situation. There’s no doubt Friday’s 2-1 loss to Bakersfield stings. The Thunder had the lead with less than eight minutes to go, and now trail the series 3-1 and could be eliminated on Saturday. The Condors final goal was a terrible [...]

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Special win for Thunder

Rich Kromm had his team work on its special teams skills for an extra 30 minutes on Tuesday in preparation for Wednesday night’s game. It could not have worked better for the Stockton Thunder who is right back in the ECHL Western Conference semifinals. Stockton went 2 for 4 on the power play and James [...]

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Cooks anxious for draft next week

Lincoln graduate and Stockton native Brandin Cooks has been studied, prodded, poked and evaluated. He has met face-to-face with coaches, general managers and player personnel executives, people who will decide his immediate future. It all comes with being one of the top receivers in this year’s NFL Draft class. Cooks, who won the Biletnikoff Award as the [...]

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