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Alumni Highlight: Mallory Patino

Hurdles were always Mallory Patino's forte. Before graduating from Turlock High in 2013, Patino earned a name for herself on the track with three consecutive Central California Conference titles in the 300m hurdles.

August 06, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | SPORTS


Seadogs walk away with seven top 16 swimmers at Meet of Champions

The Turlock Seadogs entered their first competition outside the Mid Valley Swim League this past weekend when the team took 18 swimmers to the Sacramento Valley Meet of Champions.

August 04, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | Youth


Alumni Highlight: Mariya Fefilova

Last year, Mariya Fefilova joined California State University, Monterey Bay as an outside back for the women's soccer team and encountered familiar circumstances for any freshman collegiate athlete. A 2014 Turlock High graduate who led her Bulldogs to three Central California Conference championships, Fefilova was a proverbial soccer star in high school who never had to worry about starting a game or how many minutes she would play.

July 30, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | SPORTS


Season over for Babe Ruth

The Stanislaus Cardinals Babe Ruth team is officially finished with its 2015 season after posting a 1-2 record at the Pacific Southwest Regional Tournament.

July 30, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | SPORTS


Turlock Seadogs headed to Meet of Champions

For the past four years the Turlock Seadogs have dominated the Mid Valley Swim League, earning consecutive championships and cementing themselves as the premier recreation swim team in the area.

July 29, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | SPORTS


American 11s end season at State

The Turlock American All Stars barreled into the 11 year-old State Tournament on Sunday carrying major heat, defeating all opponents who stood in their way in the District and Section tournaments by a combined run total of 33-3.

July 29, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | SPORTS


Cindy Kelley takes first at CrossFit Games

Cindy Kelley entered the world of CrossFit competition two years ago at the age of 49, taking what was essentially a healthy hobby and turning it into a goal-driven source of motivation. She finished eighth at her first Reebok CrossFit Games and second last year, but in the 2015 games, as part of the Women's 50-54 Division, Kelley trumped her past performances with an overall first place finish.

July 24, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | Community


Running with history

Ralph Gonzales has been long distance running for roughly 20 years, covering ground at marathons in Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, New York and more. He's see the country through runner's eyes, but on July 9 his passion turned international when he embarked on what many consider to be the biggest challenge for a runner - the Inca Trail Marathon in Peru.

July 23, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | SPORTS


Brandon Bettencourt TKOs Daniel Wehner

Brandon Bettencourt is known for his wrestling, but on Saturday, at HFP4: Finished No Judges Required in Merced, his performance in the cage was defined by his right hand.

July 21, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | Community


Brandon Bettencourt continues MMA comeback in Merced

Disappointment comes in many forms, but for Brandon Bettencourt it came in the form of a dislocated shoulder a little over three years ago. In the genesis of his amateur MMA career, Bettencourt found himself on the losing end of his first sanctioned fight against Mike Ruiz due to injury default when he threw out his shoulder in the opening seconds of round one.

July 16, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | SPORTS


Stanislaus Cardinals eliminated from State Tournament

For the first time in nine years, the Stanislaus U18 Babe Ruth Cardinals will not be vying for the Central California State Tournament championship. After executing a comeback win in their opening game on Friday, the Cardinals were dealt back-to-back losses by Bullard on Saturday and Delano on Sunday and were unexpectedly eliminated from the tournament.

July 14, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | SPORTS


More motorhomes, more fun at this year’s Destruction Derby

The Stanislaus County Fair is here and with it an anticipation for fried foods, rides, exhibits, musical performances and motor sports. Of all the entertainment options available during the fair's nine-day run, the single most popular event is undoubtedly the two-day Destruction Derby, scheduled for Monday and Tuesday and hosted by the Turlock Lions Club.

July 10, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | Community


Double amputee, open water swimmer taking on Lake Tahoe with son

Harry Boucher knows a thing or two about adversity, and even more about overcoming it.

July 10, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | Local


Opponents come together on the mat for match night

Bonding and helping voluntarily are not activities that are typically associated with athletic opponents, but for Valley wrestlers it has become a summer time tradition. Though they face off against each other through league and into the postseason, Central California Conference wrestlers - and those from surrounding leagues - have been coming together to help each other stay sharp on the mat for weekly match nights, the last of which was held on Wednesday at Turlock High.

July 09, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | SPORTS


Turlock and Hilmar meet 7 on 7

The beginning of the 2015 high school football season is roughly three months away, but preparation has already begun for local teams who are shaking the rust and acclimating new varsity players through seven-on-seven scrimmages.

July 09, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | SPORTS


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Articles By Author - Frankie Tovar


Former Journal sports editor honored at namesake tourney

It's been 22 years since Frank Godinez passed away, leaving behind a legacy of exceptional sports reporting in the town of Turlock. Often referred ...

December 02, 2016 | Frankie Tovar | Local


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