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Five Prep Volleyball Players to Watch

For the majority of the All-Area Player of the Year awards The Record gives out, the athlete happens to be a senior. It’s a coupling of talent, and the full high school experience that culminates in the premier season. But Amilya Thompson is one of those rare cases who’s too good to deny. Thompson, then [...]

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Brusa signs with Giants, heads to Salem

What a week it’s been for Gio Brusa. In the past seven days, the Lodi native, St. Mary’s High alumnus and former Pacific baseball outfielder has agreed to a signing bonus, inked with the San Francisco Giants and learned his first assignment as a professional. Brusa was the Giants’ sixth-round pick, 185th overall, and signed [...]

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Lions All-Star Football: Four Predictions

It’s finally here. Our first dose of high school football in six months, since Sierra won the CIF State Division IV-A championship in Chowchilla, and our last for the next three months. The North stars face the South in the 43rd annual District 4-A1 Lions All-Star Game at 7 p.m. today at Tracy High’s Wayne [...]

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Cover 2: Lions All-Star Football 2016

High school football season is here. For a week at least. The 2015 season, long over officially, is capped ceremoniously by the 43rd annual District 4-A1 Lions All-Star Game at 7 p.m. Saturday at Tracy High’s Wayne Schneider Stadium. The South team has won two of the past three meetings, and the two teams tied in 2014. Last [...]

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Lions All-Star Football: North Defense

A shutdown cornerback who rarely let a pass get caught against him. A linebacker-turned-safety who functioned as a tackles machine. A modestly-sized, but relentless pass rusher who put up Michael Strahan-esque sack numbers. Yes, players like former Chavez corner Deon White, Tokay safety Nick Arnaiz and Sierra defensive lineman Andrew Guevara highlight the North All-Stars [...]

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Final Prep Baseball, Softball Power Rankings

Here they are, my final edition of high school baseball and softball power rankings for The Record’s coverage area in spring 2016. Playoffs are here, and in other sports, as well, so that’s where my focus rests. These are nearly mirror images of last week’s rankings. The only change comes in large-school baseball. Manteca falls [...]

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Prep Softball Power Rankings: Vol. VI

While East Union, the reigning Sac-Joaquin Section Division III champion, has been the obvious top dog in my large-school Prep Softball Power Rankings, the bottom three teams in the top five have shuffled early and often. St. Mary’s and Tracy have flip-flopped, for sure, and it’s happened again. Tracy has finished its Tri-City Athletic league [...]

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East Union softball soars into national Top 25

The East Union softball team (20-0, 12-0 Valley Oak League), is rolling through VOL play yet again, and have sparkled in big moments this season, like with Alejandra Rascon’s walk-off home run against Oakdale, and the Lancers’ extra-inning win at rival Sierra. East Union, which has been ranked 11th in Cal-Hi Sports’ state rankings for [...]

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St. Mary’s Cayton looking outside of Nebraska

The bad news: St. Mary’s senior guard Mi’Cole Cayton was ecstatic to play for Nebraska women’s basketball and longtime coach Connie Yori. But Yori has resigned for what she called personal reasons, likely after being accused of mistreating her players and creating a negative culture, leaving Cayton devastated, according to Cayton has been granted [...]

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All-Area Softball Player of the Year Watchlist

Brian Goulart has seen a long string of exceptional softball players in his 15 years as East Union coach. Michelle Castro, though, may be having the best season he’s seen. Goulart declared that after a recent win at Manteca. And Castro, a commit to William Penn in Iowa, is certainly backing him up with phenomenal [...]

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