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Turlock fighter looks to elevate his career with standup win

Lewis Gonzalez is a professional Mixed Martial Artist, but at his core he is a wrestler. His grappling skills propelled him to nine consecutive wins to begin his career, earned him a spot as a Las Vegas headliner, and garnered enough interest from the UFC for the premier MMA organization to give him a primetime fight in 2015.

January 22, 2016 | Frankie Tovar | Sports Professional


Sacred Heart 7th graders support classmate with cancer by shaving their heads

A group of 7th graders are sporting freshly shaved heads at Sacred Heart Catholic School, not as part of a new trend, but instead to show support for classmate Andrew "AJ" Perez, who was diagnosed with Hodgskin's Lymphoma roughly three weeks ago.

December 18, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | Education


Quarterfinal upset: No. 7 Tracy takes out No. 2 Turlock

The Sac-Joaquin Section Division I girls volleyball quarterfinal between Turlock High and Tracy High was supposed to be a continuation of Turlock's successful 2015 campaign and a return to the upper levels of post season competition. Fresh off their first playoff win since 2006 and with powerful weapons on the court, the blue and gold Bulldogs hosted their green and gold counterparts on Thursday with every intention of repeating the preseason performance in which they beat Tracy 3-1.

November 12, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | High School Sports


Tovar avenges Jr Olympics loss

Turlock boxer Sandra Tovar defeated Junior Olympics silver medalist Angela Murillo in Fresno on Saturday via unanimous decision in the 101pound weight class of the 13-14 girls division.

August 25, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | Youth


Pride, Bulldogs volleyball on crash course for league title

It was a respective one-two finish in the Central California Conference last season for Pitman and Turlock High's volleyball teams.

August 18, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | High School Sports


Pride soccer turning corner towards 2015 season

Pitman High had a fairly successful season last year, finishing third in the Central California Conference with a 6-5-4 record and advancing to the quarterfinals of the Sac Joaquin Section Division I Boys Soccer Playoffs.

August 13, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | SPORTS


Turlock soccer prepping for comeback season

Since claiming the Central California Conference title in 2012, Turlock High's boys' soccer team has posted consecutive fifth-place seasons, the most recent of which came by way of a 2-10-3 record.

August 11, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | SPORTS


Young QB joins new team; earns second trip to All-American Bowl

Around this time last year, Brady House was gearing up for his third year of Pop Warner football with the Hughson Huskies while preparing for his national debut at the Offense-Defense Youth All-American Bowl in Florida.

August 08, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | Youth


Alumni Highlight: Mallory Patino

Hurdles were always Mallory Patino's forte. Before graduating from Turlock High in 2013, Patino earned a name for herself on the track with three consecutive Central California Conference titles in the 300m hurdles.

August 06, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | SPORTS


Seadogs walk away with seven top 16 swimmers at Meet of Champions

The Turlock Seadogs entered their first competition outside the Mid Valley Swim League this past weekend when the team took 18 swimmers to the Sacramento Valley Meet of Champions.

August 04, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | Youth


Alumni Highlight: Mariya Fefilova

Last year, Mariya Fefilova joined California State University, Monterey Bay as an outside back for the women's soccer team and encountered familiar circumstances for any freshman collegiate athlete. A 2014 Turlock High graduate who led her Bulldogs to three Central California Conference championships, Fefilova was a proverbial soccer star in high school who never had to worry about starting a game or how many minutes she would play.

July 30, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | SPORTS


Season over for Babe Ruth

The Stanislaus Cardinals Babe Ruth team is officially finished with its 2015 season after posting a 1-2 record at the Pacific Southwest Regional Tournament.

July 30, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | SPORTS


Turlock Seadogs headed to Meet of Champions

For the past four years the Turlock Seadogs have dominated the Mid Valley Swim League, earning consecutive championships and cementing themselves as the premier recreation swim team in the area.

July 29, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | SPORTS


American 11s end season at State

The Turlock American All Stars barreled into the 11 year-old State Tournament on Sunday carrying major heat, defeating all opponents who stood in their way in the District and Section tournaments by a combined run total of 33-3.

July 29, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | SPORTS


Cindy Kelley takes first at CrossFit Games

Cindy Kelley entered the world of CrossFit competition two years ago at the age of 49, taking what was essentially a healthy hobby and turning it into a goal-driven source of motivation. She finished eighth at her first Reebok CrossFit Games and second last year, but in the 2015 games, as part of the Women's 50-54 Division, Kelley trumped her past performances with an overall first place finish.

July 24, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | Community


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Articles By Author - Frankie Tovar


Pride trio make history with three-way valedictorian tie

Around this time each year, hundreds of seniors from multiple high schools in the area prepare for graduation: the culmination of years of studying and ...

May 23, 2017 | Frankie Tovar | Education


Proposed state budget takes aim at FFA and other career programs

A proposed budget put forth by California Governor Jerry Brown has instructors and students involved in Career Technical Education programs worried.

May 16, 2017 | Frankie Tovar | Government


A dream fulfilled: Connie Valverde set to graduate from Turlock Adult School

As a teenager growing up in the 1960s, Connie Valverde had dreams of earning an education, starting a family and making a life for herself ...

May 16, 2017 | Frankie Tovar | Education


Denham target of healthcare bill protesters

A group of roughly 60 protesters lined the sidewalk in front of Dust Bowl Brewery Tuesday afternoon to protest Congressman Jeff Denham and his recent ...

May 09, 2017 | Frankie Tovar | Government


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