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Former Yellowjacket and Duck to host two football camps

Nate Costa is back, ready to not only share his football IQ with the area's youth but with its high school players as well. Last year, Costa-Hilmar High and University of Oregon alumnus-hosted his first ever youth football camp in association with Sting Football Camp that drew upwards of 60 kids.

June 13, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | Youth


March for Democracy stops in Turlock

Roughly 20 activists with the grassroots organization 99Rise converged on Central Park in Turlock Friday afternoon on one of many stops in their 480-mile California March for Democracy. The march, which was in its 28th day as of Friday, began in Los Angeles and is set to end in Sacramento on June 22 where organizers and supporters are expected to sit in at the capital and demand that legislators acknowledge "Big Money's" role in the corruption of politics.

June 13, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | Local


Turlock and Pitman players ready for All-Star game

One last shot at prep football glory. That's what seven local players get this Saturday at the 47th Annual Central California Lions All-Star Football Classic, where the area's top football talent from this past season is divided between North and South and pitted against each other.

June 12, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | SPORTS


Retired Turlock teacher shares love of cycling, photography

If you happen to cross paths with Ray Houlihan you're likely to hear a story and be shown several photographs. About what depends on the day, but Turlock High baseball and local events are often a safe bet. Long since retired as a teacher, Houlihan spends his time covering the Turlock community with his camera in hand, often chatting up his subjects and getting contact information so he can share with them his photos.

June 10, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | Local


Tyler Murphy returns to the mound

Tyler Murphy's Wednesday afternoon return to baseball was successful, emotional, and inspirational.

June 05, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | SPORTS


Journey ends at Masters

Pitman High was well represented during this year's CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Track and Field Trials and Finals on Thursday and Friday at Elk Grove High School as at least eight of its 12 qualifying athletes finished in the top 14 of their respective events.

May 30, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | High School Sports


Tyler Murphy’s recovery continues

Tyler Murphy's world was turned upside down last August when a boating accident derailed his collegiate baseball dreams. While the injuries he sustained and the doctors' prognosis for his recovery seemed bleak at first, Murphy wowed friends, family, and supporters by standing on his own two feet, unassisted, only two months after the accident.

May 30, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | Community


Down but not out; Rouse bounces back from injury and ready for junior season

Vickie Rouse was a volleyball powerhouse for Pitman High during her time on the court for the Pride. After leading her team to a Central California Conference championship her senior year and earning CCC player of the year with 178 kills, 77 blocks, and 66 assists along the way, it was no surprise when UC Merced came calling and offered her a chance to play for the Bobcats in 2012.

May 29, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | SPORTS


Family fun at the ballpark

Summer break is just around the corner, replacing school days with vacation days and giving families a chance to enjoy their free time together. So what is there to do?

May 27, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | Sports Professional


Turlockers help Rage go undefeated

Half a dozen young Turlockers helped make volleyball history this season as part of the first undefeated squad in Rage Volleyball history. Posting a 45-0 record in Northern California's Power League-the toughest league in the state-Jadyn Tubbs, Whitney Barnes, Julia Handy, Audrey Dykzuel, Kaylin Randhawa, and Kennedy Folly helped their team dominate the 14-1 division, be ranked number one in Northern California, and earn a spot in the upcoming USAV Junior National Tournament in Minneapolis, Minn.

May 23, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | Youth


Hawks over Cardinals, onto quarterfinals

Delhi High's softball team is on to the quarterfinals of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI softball tournament after Thursday's 13-2, first round playoff win over Woodland Christian High. The Hawks ravaged the Cardinals of the Central Valley California League with a one-two punch from the plate and pitcher's mound as Briana Lopez and Alyssa Stockton applied a steady stream of pressure through the game's five innings.

May 15, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | High School Sports


Pitman girls earn 6th consecutive CCC track title

Pitman High's girls continued their streak of dominance on the track Tuesday afternoon as they sealed their sixth consecutive Central California Conference championship as the third CCC Center Meet of the season. It's the Lady Pride's eight championship in the last ten years.

May 08, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | SPORTS


Pitman volleyball player UC Merced bound

Pitman High's Melinda Gonzalez has signed a letter of intent to attend UC Merced.

May 08, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | SPORTS


Six Pride athletes ready to play at the next level

Pitman High honored six college-bound seniors Monday afternoon as classmates, teammates, parents, coaches, and administrators piled into the Black Box Theatre to witness each athlete sign their respective letters of intent. In the school's biggest mass signing to date, three football players, a softball player, a baseball player, and a volleyball player secured their athletic futures while being praised for their commitment and dedication.

May 06, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | High School Sports


Delhi, TC, Denair make it to singles semifinals; all fall to RC

The tennis teams of Delhi, Turlock Christian, and Denair High have had to deal with Ripon Christian High all through the regular season, each team falling to the Knights and contributing to their perfect record.

May 01, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | SPORTS


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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


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