Success on the volleyball court is something Ashley Solis is accustomed to.
A Turlock firefighter extinguishes flames on the side of Glenwood Avenue in Turlock Thursday afternoon. The fire burned several trees and scorched at least one telephone pole over an area about 100 yards long and 10 feet wide. The fire is believed to have been ignited by a vehicle that caught on fire. It remains under investigation.
The Latino Community Roundtable of Stanislaus County has spent the past five years helping prepare young students in Modesto and Ceres for school with an annual Back-2-School Backpack Drive.
Camp Taylor, a camp for young people and families of children with heart disease, has grown exponentially since its founding in 2002. Much of that growth has happened in the past three years, not coincidentally following the surge of success of its most famous advocate-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tyler Murphy's Wednesday afternoon return to baseball was successful, emotional, and inspirational.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Pitman High entered Friday's home game against Downey High with a team characterized by its youth. With only two returning starters from last year's squad and the bulk of its roster comprised of juniors, the Pride knew that the Knights, back-to-back winners of the Modesto Metro Conference title, would be a difficult challenge to overcome in their season opener.
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.
The Los Angeles Raiders. Sure, it's better than the San Antonio Raiders, but it still doesn't sound quite right.
Life is good for Colin Kaepernick.
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