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SAL teams at the starting line

Three local teams are preparing for the beginning of track season in the Southern Athletic League. Turlock Christian, Delhi, and Denair High have been conditioning and training their respective athletes for the past couple months with some in search of a SAL championship and others simply in search of competition.

March 13, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | SPORTS


Hilmar’s Devon Mederios signs D1 letter of intent

Hilmar High's Devon Mederios is the latest local athlete to secure an athletic future at the collegiate level after signing his letter of intent with Sacramento State University's football team. Mederios, who was a key component of the Yellowjackets' 13-1 season in 2013, will join the Hornets' roster as a walk-on at the kicker position.

March 13, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | SPORTS


Pitman over Turlock in Pedretti final

It was a rematch of rivals on Saturday during the championship game of the 30th annual Atch Pedretti Tournament. Around this time last year, Turlock and Pitman High clashed over the Pedretti championship for the first time in the tournament's history, with the Bulldogs emerging victorious by landslide victory.

March 11, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | High School Sports


Back to the track

Turlock and Pitman High kicked off track season on Friday by going the distance, joining 16 other high schools at Joe Debely Stadium for the Pitman Distance Wars. But while only a handful of each team's track competitors actually saw action on Friday, their respective rosters-sprinters, jumpers, and throwers-were in attendance to cheer their teammates on.

March 07, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | High School Sports


CCC Baseball closing in

Basketball season is over and wrestling season is winding down. Winter is making way for spring, and you know what that means-baseball is upon us.

March 06, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | SPORTS


Chasing a legacy at State

Wrestling is arguably the oldest sport in history, but what won't be argued is that it is one of the toughest and most demanding. A one-on-one contest that requires peak physical conditioning and lasting mental fortitude, wrestling is a test of true grit. Young athletes develop dedication for the sport through years of practice, but that's not the only quality that can be cultivated in a wrestling room. Dedication, perseverance, and self-determination-these qualities are also shaped by the sport and often influence more than just the athletic aspect of a person's character.

March 04, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | Sports Columns


Local wrestlers State bound

The California Interscholastic Federation State Wrestling Championships is two days away. After countless hours of practice and months of preparation-and in some cases years-seven local wrestlers are on the cusp of what will be the biggest stage of their wrestling careers. They're State bound.

March 04, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | High School Sports


Pitman, Turlock, Hilmar headed to State

The Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament, the final stop before every high school wrestler's apex dream-the State Tournament.

February 28, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | High School Sports


Youth wrestlers win big at SJWA Championships

Late February and early March is crunch time for high school wrestlers. After months of hard work in wrestling rooms, wrestlers either see their labor rewarded with divisional, sectional, and state success or they see the flame of their season extinguished. It's the defining high stakes nature of a sport that requires a high degree of dedication.

February 28, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | Youth


Turlock and San Jose Earthquakes partner up

Turlock already has a professional indoor soccer team in the Turlock Express, two collegiate teams that represent California State University, Stanislaus, a pair of high school programs with several championships to their names, and established youth and travel leagues that develop talent on a regular basis. It's safe to say the game of soccer is well represented in the area.

February 27, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | SPORTS


Marauders plunder Bulldogs in second half

After defeating Stagg High in the Division I Sac-Joaquin Section out-bracket game last week, Turlock High's boys' basketball team knew it would have to play perfectly if they were upset number one seed Jesuit High in Tuesday's first-round playoff game-and for one half of play they did just that.

February 27, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | SPORTS


Hilmar, Delhi wrestlers headed to Masters

One step away from State. That's what a select few wrestlers are thinking after Saturday's conclusion of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Tournament at Delhi High.

February 25, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | High School Sports


Four local wrestlers in contention for DV titles

Delhi High welcomed 26 Division V wrestling teams to its boys gym Friday morning to compete in the first tournament to ever be hosted by the Hawks.

February 21, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | High School Sports


Hilmar football player seriously injured in Pismo accident

Joseph Bello was the proverbial fist of Hilmar High's vaunted defensive unit this past fall, leading the way for the Yellowjackets from the linebacker position with 138 tackles and a lead-by-example attitude. Bello played with passion and enthusiasm and was a major factor in Hilmar's undefeated Trans-Valley League championship season and its run to the Division IV Sac-Joaquin Section championship game against Central Catholic High.

February 20, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | Local


Bulldogs end regular season with win over Pride

Turlock High's boys basketball team secured its post-season fate a week ago, earning a spot in the Division I Sac-Joaquin Section playoff bracket as the third team from the Central California Conference. But even with that knowledge, the Bulldogs (6-4 CCC, 18-9 overall) entered Tuesday's cross town rival game and CCC season finale against Pitman High as if a post-season berth depended on it.

February 18, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | High School Sports


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Alquist Arms expands its operations

Alquist Arms, Downtown Turlock's biggest draw for local gun enthusiasts, is opening the doors to its new location Saturday morning in a grand opening celebration that is expected to attract a large crowd. The grand opening will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will also serve as a commemoration of the 20th year of operation for the local business.

April 24, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | Local


Undefeated season for Turlock golf

The boys' golf team of Turlock High is one performance away from claiming its 11th straight Central California Conference title after Thursday afternoon's 424-450 defeat of Pitman High.

April 17, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | SPORTS


Kenny Fraser headed to UC San Diego

Turlock High senior Kenny Fraser, the 6'6" leader on the court for Bulldogs basketball this past season, has settled on his destination after graduation. Fraser signed his letter of intent to play for the UC San Diego Tritons Wednesday afternoon where he is expected to receive significant minutes on the court his freshman year.

April 17, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | SPORTS


Undefeated Turlock two games away from CCC title

Turlock High boys' tennis continued its unbeaten streak Tuesday afternoon with a 7-2 defeat of Golden Valley High - number two in the Central California Conference standings-to extend its record to 9-0 in the CCC.

April 15, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | SPORTS


Bulldogs and Pride tie on the pitch in second matchup

Turlock and Pitman High met for the second time this season Monday night at Joe Debely Stadium, capping the second round of Central California Conference play with another closely contested, cross town matchup.

April 15, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | SPORTS


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