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Branson Garcia signs with UC Merced

Branson Garcia has spent a lot of time on basketball courts, practically growing up with a ball in his hands since the age of five. The game is a major passion for the Pitman High senior, so much so that it's hard for his family and friends to dissociate Garcia from basketball.

May 14, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | High School Sports


Vander Weide, Wheeland win big at OAA’s

The 48th Annual Outstanding Athlete Awards ceremony was held at the Sportsmen of Stanislaus Club in Modesto on Wednesday, bringing the best student and adult athletes Stanislaus County has to offer together for one night of recognition and fun.

May 14, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | Community


Season ends at Masters for local golfers

The Sac-Joaquin Section Boys Golf Masters Championships proved to be the final stop of the season for three local golfers who hit the green at the Reserve at Spanos Park on Monday with aspirations for NorCal.

May 12, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | SPORTS


Turlock tennis falls in quarterfinals

Turlock High tore through the Central California Conference this season and beat the Bulldogs of Folsom High handedly in the second round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I Boys Team Tennis Championships, but on Monday it met its match in Jesuit High.

May 12, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | SPORTS


Bulldogs sweep Thunder for second spot in CCC

Turlock High did its job to finish second in the Central California Conference this week, sweeping Buhach Colony High in a double header that also earned its boys the eight seed in the upcoming Sac-Joaquin Section Division I Baseball South Championships.

May 08, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | SPORTS


Pride baseball tops CCC for first time

The mood what light and loose in Pitman High's dugout on Wednesday when the Pride hosted Golden Valley High in the final baseball game of the 2015 Central California Conference season. A day removed from dominating the Cougars 14-1 through five innings, the Pride (22-5 overall, 13-2 CCC) knew that they would soon be celebrating the best regular season performance in Pitman High baseball history with the program's first ever CCC championship victory.

May 07, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | SPORTS


Hilmar beats Riverbank in season finale

Life on the baseball diamond was tough for Hilmar High this year. After finishing in a two-way tie for third place in the Trans Valley League the previous season, the Yellowjackets entered 2015 with a youthful enthusiasm that was reflective of their roster and of their expectations.

May 07, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | SPORTS


Four Pride athletes secure collegiate careers

Four more Pitman High athletes will soon be joining the collegiate ranks after signing letters of intent on Tuesday. Quentin Hernandez, Cristian Clementi, Gilbert Valadez and Angel Velasquez each put ink to paper in front of friends and family for their individual colleges as Hernandez signed on to play football for George Fox University in Oregon and Clementi, Valadez and Velasquez signed on to wrestle for Grand Canyon University in Arizona, Luther College in Iowa and Northern Illinois University, respectively.

May 05, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | High School Sports


Bulldog soccer falls in first round

Turlock High girls soccer owned the 2015 season as far as the Central California Conference was concerned, edging out Merced High in a tight race for first place en route to the Bulldogs' fourth consecutive league championship. That momentum was put to a halt immediately in the post season, however, when Turlock traveled to Bella Vista High on Tuesday for the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I Tournament.

May 05, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | High School Sports


Pitman finishes series with Turlock 2-1

Turlock High won the final game of its three-game series with rival Pitman High Friday afternoon, beating the Pride 8-3 after falling 0-7 on Tuesday and 5-6 on Thursday. But while Pitman walked away from Turlock's home field in the loser's column on Friday, its boys exited the week as winners, at least partially, of the Central California Conference with only one win needed to claim the outright championship.

May 01, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | High School Sports


Hilmar’s Jacob Ahid signs with CSU Monterey Bay

Hilmar High's Jacob Ahid has been a small-town, valley boy all his life. He's developed as a baseball player from child to adolescent, but for the next step in his baseball career Ahid will be leaving Hilmar and heading to Seaside where he will become the newest addition to California State University, Monterey Bay.

May 01, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | High School Sports


Bulldogs claim 4th straight CCC title

It was a war of attrition when Turlock High hosted rival Pitman High in the final Central California Conference girls soccer match of the season on Thursday. The Bulldogs (10-2-3 CCC) entered the match with only a half a game lead over Merced High and needing a tie or a win to secure their fourth consecutive CCC championship. Still, Turlock hit the pitch aggressively looking to end its season in the winner's column before ultimately finishing in a deadlock with the Pride, 0-0.

April 30, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | SPORTS


Boys and girls soccer headed to winter come 2016-17 season

There will soon be a soccer shakeup in the Sac-Joaquin Section. After years of failed proposals to take boys and girls soccer out of their respective fall and spring seasons, the SJS board recently approved moving both boys and girls soccer to the winter season and align its schedule with the California Interscholastic Federation's official season of sport for soccer.

April 30, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | SPORTS


Pitman in first with two-game lead

It was a defensive deadlock for the majority of Tuesday's cross-town showdown between Turlock and Pitman High. After four innings of solid pitching from the Bulldogs' Nick Avila and Pride's Nick Jones, the scoreboard read 0-0 and everyone was left questioning, who would falter first?

April 28, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | High School Sports


Turlock, Hilmar golf headed to league championships with sense of security

League championships for boys golf will be held on Monday for schools across the area. These tournaments are typically a place for teams to put in one final, solid performance in the hopes of qualifying for Divisionals as a team, but for Turlock and Hilmar High, its respective tournaments will instead be a formality as its boys have a ticket to Divisionals all but in the bag.

April 24, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | High School Sports


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Where to watch the World Cup Final

The championship rematch is on for Sunday - the United States vs Japan for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. It's been a long road for our country's women who barreled through Colombia, edged China and upset the top seeded Germany, all for a chance at redemption against a Japan team that took the Women's Cup title in 2011.

July 02, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | Sports Professional


Kap swings with heart at annual golf tourney

Camp Taylor continued its partnership with San Francisco 49ers quarterback and hometown hero Colin Kaepernick on Monday with the Third Annual Against All Odds Golf Tournament at the Del Rio Country Club in Modesto.

June 30, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | Local


Gonzalez goes the distance; loses via decision in first UFC fight

Lewis Gonzalez came close on the scorecards in his UFC debut against Leandro Silva on Saturday, but 10 days notice proved to be too short a time frame to keep Silva from winning via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night 70.

June 30, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | Sports Professional


Turlock fighter to make UFC debut on Saturday

Lewis Gonzalez is officially a UFC fighter. Less than two months after requesting a release from his World Series of Fighting contract and putting his MMA career in a state of uncertainty, Gonzalez has been asked to fight on the preliminary card of Saturday's UFC Fight Night 70 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, FL where he will face Brazilian fighter Leandro "Buscape" Silva.

June 25, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | SPORTS


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