James Burns, The Modesto Bee

James Burns

The Modesto Bee

Shasta Lake, CA, United States

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Past articles by James:

Beyer, Sierra baseball teams look to snap lengthy section final droughts

The Stanislaus District is guaranteed at least one finalist in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III baseball tournament. → Read More

Prep notebook: Escalon repeats as section softball champ, and all-league honor rolls.

Prep notebook: Escalon repeats as section softball champ, and all-league honor rolls. → Read More

Modesto Metro Conference announces baseball honors. Who is the MVP?

The Gregori High baseball team didn’t duplicate its historic 2017 season, but it did retain the MVP award. → Read More

High school baseball playoffs begin Tuesday. Five games you don't want to miss.

The Sac-Joaquin Section baseball playoffs get underway on Tuesday with action in seven divisions. Here’s a look at five of the top games involving Stanislaus District teams: → Read More

High school baseball playoff pairings announced. Who plays who in next week's openers?

The Sac-Joaquin Section baseball postseason gets underway next week in seven divisions. → Read More

High school softball playoffs begin Monday. Who qualified and where will they play?

The Valley Oak League co-champions will be favorites to win Sac-Joaquin Section softball titles once the postseason begins next week. → Read More

Swimmer's dream of defending section and state titles nearly dashed by a football injury.

After months of doubt and speculation, the reigning Sac-Joaquin Section and CIF State champion in the 100-yard breaststroke will return to the pool to defend his titles. → Read More

Stanislaus District holding court in Sac-Joaquin Section team tennis tournaments

In three years as the tennis coach at Central Catholic High, Natalie Wagner hasn't traveled far from home. → Read More

Modesto looks to clinch outright MMC baseball title, while Beyer seeks a share.

The Modesto High baseball team is one win away from putting a crimson bow on the greatest regular season in program history. → Read More

'We get to put our cleats on and think football.' Football practices begin on Tuesday.

After a six-month hibernation, high school football coaches from Merced to Manteca, the West Side into the Mother Lode will step onto practice fields with whistles pinned between pursed lips. → Read More

Six boys basketball players named to a Cal-Hi all-state team. Who was selected?

Cal-Hi Sports releases its annual all-state boys basketball teams and the honor roll is sprinkled with Stanislaus District talent. → Read More

No disrespect, coach: Former player stymies Sierra baseball coach's bid for No. 600.

Jack Thomson stuck on 599 career wins after an 8-2 loss in Oakdale, a team coached by a former player, Chris Henry. → Read More

By sweeping Gregori, MoHi baseball in position to do something it hasn't done since 2000.

Coach believes this team, built on experience, balance and a bond forged through struggle, is better equipped to handle the pressure of a playoff push. → Read More

Gregori sending 18 athletes to college programs across the country. Who is going where?

Luncheon hosted by principal Derek Pendley and athletic director Jim Davis celebrated the student-athletes' commitments to two- and four-year universities. → Read More

Marking his territory: Fresno State's Tedford offers another from Stanislaus District.

The 6-foot-3, 315-pound offensive lineman Vaatofu Sauvao was a two-time all-state selection at Modesto Junior College. → Read More

Stanislaus District swimmers gear up for postseason at Southern Section Swim Meet

The Ripon High girls swim team was the convincing winner at Saturday’s Southern Section Swim Meet at Johansen High. → Read More

Raw deal: Modesto Nuts honor injured officer in home debut, but Rawhide spoil the party.

The boy hanging over the railing wore a Modesto Nuts sweater and cap, but cheered the Visalia Rawhide to victory on Thursday. → Read More

When the pressure is on, Oakdale pro rodeo cowboy Ryle Smith is money

Smith is ranked No. 2 in the PRCA's world all-around standings heading into this week's Oakdale Saddle Club Rodeo, his hometown event. → Read More

After long wait, MC basketball star accepts scholarship. Where will he play next?

The silence and lack of movement on the recruiting trail fueled Modesto Christian's Tyler Williams, one of the winningest players in program history. → Read More

Cowboys converging on Oakdale know the risk of the rodeo lifestyle. Is it worth it?

With calloused hands, mud-stained jeans and thousand of miles in their rear view, rodeo is far less sexier than America's other professional sports. → Read More