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Mountaineer ready for a winning season

Three years ago, Tyler Juncker was a senior at Hilmar High where he played offensive tackle and defensive end for the Yellowjackets and helped earn his alma mater a Division IV SJS Championship.

August 28, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | SPORTS


No place like Oakland for the Raiders

The Los Angeles Raiders. Sure, it's better than the San Antonio Raiders, but it still doesn't sound quite right.

August 23, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | Sports Professional


Kaepernick leads 49ers into new chapter at Levi's Stadium

Life is good for Colin Kaepernick.

August 23, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | Sports Professional


Turlock Tee Birds win Central Valley, preparing for Tournament of Champions

The Turlock Tee Birds have been playing golf at the Turlock Golf & Country Club for more than 30 years, combining competition and fun with weekly runs of the course and friendly wagering. Currently comprised of women aged 49 to 80, the Tee Birds play golf year-round. For most, it's their time to have fun.

August 21, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | SPORTS


Patrick Green: Bulldog to Lumberjack

There aren't many local football players who get the opportunity to play Division I college ball, but count Patrick Green in as one of the lucky few. A 2014 Turlock High graduate, Green entered his senior year as the 45th ranked tight end in the nation according to ESPN and earned All-Conference and All-State honors by season's end.

August 15, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | College


Delhi volleyball reborn for new season

The first foundation game of the season, the prelude to the much anticipated start of league play, is less than a month away for Delhi High.

August 14, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | SPORTS


Turlock fighter suffers first career loss after first-round KO

Lewis Gonzalez' name is preceded by the moniker of "Lethal" for a reason. Leading up to Saturday's main event fight against Luis Palomino at World Series of Fighting 12 in Las Vegas, Gonzalez had won eight of his nine professional fights via stoppage, with four of those fights being called in the first round.

August 12, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | Sports Professional


Local ballplayer eyeing spot on National team

Not much time has passed since Dominic Rodriguez was playing for the Turlock Yankees, where he both pitched and caught for his team. Little League season is over now, just as summer will soon be, but Rodriguez is far from finished playing baseball.

August 07, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | SPORTS


Local artist lands dream venue: Levi's Stadium

When the San Francisco 49ers hit the field in 2104 there will be two Valley natives on display at the brand new Levi's Stadium-Colin Kaepernick and Nick Brown.

August 01, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | Local


Youth quarterback earns trip to Florida

Brady House has grown up on a steady diet of football, so it's no surprise that his life's dream is to be an NFL quarterback.

July 31, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | SPORTS


Karenee Demery in contention for NCAA Woman of the Year

She's a three-time CCAA Offensive Player of the Year, three-time Daktronics West Region Player of the Year, four-time All-American, and the 2013 NCAA Division II Women's Soccer Player of the Year. She's led the women's soccer team of California State University, Stanislaus to two CCAA Championships and is currently considered to be the program's best player-ever.

July 29, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | College


Gonzalez back in action in Las Vegas main event

It's been half a year since Turlock's Lewis Gonzalez was forced to withdraw from what would have been his first shot at a World Series of Fighting championship belt. Scheduled to face Justin Gaethje on Jan. 18, Gonzalez suffered a knee injury weeks prior to the event and was forced to sit and watch as Gaethje defeated his replacement, Richard Patishnock, via TKO to become WSOF's inaugural Lightweight Champion.

July 24, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | SPORTS


Memo’s Cocina and Tequila Bar opens Wednesday

Over the past few years Turlock's downtown scene has experienced a revitalization, forging a new identity for itself with a combination of craft beer and nightlife destinations. After nearly a year of anticipation, Downtown Turlock again adds to its newly formed reputation as a Central Valley hotspot with the opening of Memo's Cocina and Tequila Bar.

July 22, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | Local


Turlock ag students bid fond farewell to award-winning FFA advisor, ag teacher

Turlock High's FFA program has been a California powerhouse for the better part of the last decade, having earned eight consecutive Chapter Group titles at both the State and Stanislaus County Fairs in addition to laying claim to Most Outstanding Project awards during seven of those years.

July 18, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | Education


Hot Rod Diner serves up classic fare and cars

Name of Business: Hot Rod Diner

July 17, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | Local


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Pride volleyball still perfect

The streak continues for the Pitman High Pride who recorded their 22nd consecutive straight-set victory on Monday with a 25-17, 25-17, and 25-4 win over Turlock High. Now ranked 74th in the nation and 14th in the state of California, the Pride comfortably sit atop the Central California Conference standings while Turlock sits in second place.

September 30, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | High School Sports


Niners find redemption in the trenches against Eagles

The San Francisco 49ers are finished.

September 30, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | Sports Professional


Delhi wins in OT

Southern Athletic League rivals Delhi and Denair High opened league play Friday night with a slug fest that was reflective of the two teams' equal standing. Entering the game with identical 2-1 records, the Hawks (3-1 overall, 1-0 SAL) and Coyotes (2-2 overall, 0-1 SAL) took turns thrilling their crowds with big hits on defense and scrappy play on offense.

September 27, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | High School Sports


5 Questions for Hilmar volleyball's Emily Baptista

Q. You were a standout sophomore on the court for Hilmar volleyball. Have you made any changes to your game for your junior season?

September 26, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | High School Sports


'Jackets defeat Los Banos in three

It's been almost a full two weeks since the majority of local volleyball teams started league competition, with Trans Valley League teams being the exception. The late start to league-play has resulted in slim pickings for Hilmar High's volleyball team in terms of opponents, but on Thursday the Yellowjackets managed to lure Los Banos High to their homecourt during a bye week for the Tigers.

September 25, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | SPORTS


Hawks test Bulldogs; fall in four

Delhi High's volleyball team fell short against Le Grand High in the Hawks' second Southern League matchup of the season on Tuesday. The Lady Hawks tested the Bulldogs through four sets, but ultimately walked away from the court with a 3-1 loss (13-25, 25-14, 21-25, and 13-25).

September 23, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | High School Sports


Hilmar falls three points short for second week in a row

Hilmar High remains winless at home after Fresno High spoiled the Yellowjackets' homecoming celebrations with a 24-21 victory at McSweeney Field Friday night.

September 20, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | High School Sports


5 Questions for Hayden Steger

Q. How is this year's team different than last year's?

September 20, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | High School Sports


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