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'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.
Pitman High's Melinda Gonzalez has signed a letter of intent to attend UC Merced.
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.
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.
The Turlock Youth Wrestling Club recently completed its Folkstyle season, competing in and walking away from the 17th Annual Suplay Reno Worlds Wrestling Tournament with five medalists. Now, the Turlock club is kicking off its Greco season in today's Greco State Tournament which is being held at Fresno's Selland Arena.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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