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Turlocker claims second National Snooker Championship

When Sargon Isaac started playing snooker at the age of 14 in England his interest in the game was one of pure recreation. It didn't take long for Isaac's interest to develop into a full-blown passion, however, and by the time he was 18 years old he was playing the game competitively in tournaments and adult leagues. But at age 22, just when he was refining his snooker skills, Isaac accepted a job offer and moved to California, effectively ending his love affair with snooker.

June 04, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | SPORTS


Sergio Hernandez signs with Illinois College

Sergio Hernandez was known in the Southern Athletic League for the past three years as Delhi High's hard-hitting middle linebacker. He was a core component of the 2014 Hawks squad that made the playoffs for only the third time in school history. After Monday, however, Hernandez will also be remembered as the first football player in school history to receive an athletic scholarship with the singing of his letter of intent to play Division III football for Illinois College.

June 02, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | High School Sports


Small school, no problem

Small-school track teams made it happen at this year's Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV/V Championships, specifically Hilmar and Delhi High who exited the final day of the two-day competition at California State University, Stanislaus on Thursday with a combined five qualifiers for next week's SJS Masters Championships.

May 21, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | SPORTS


Lady Eagles win CCAA

Turlock Christian High found success on the track in its inaugural year in the Central California Athletic Association with its girls' team winning the league championship and its boys' team finishing second overall.

May 21, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | SPORTS


Hilmar's Olson, Harris move on to D4/5 finals

Hilmar High walked out of the Trans Valley League track season and into the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV/V Championship Trials with four TVL champions - Dani Olson, Hudson Harris, Kenzye Spears and Angelique Souza.

May 19, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | High School Sports


Hawks win SAL track title

Since claiming the Southern Athletic League championship in 2012 for the first time in program history, Delhi High's boys track team has struggled to add another league title year to its banner. The Hawks have been in the running the past two years, but ultimately fell just short, and it seemed that would again be the case in 2015.

May 19, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | High School Sports


Rams eliminate Bulldogs with walk-off win

Playoffs, St. Mary's High and heart break. It's a familiar formula for Turlock High baseball.

May 15, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | High School Sports


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


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Articles By Author - Frankie Tovar


Former Journal sports editor honored at namesake tourney

It's been 22 years since Frank Godinez passed away, leaving behind a legacy of exceptional sports reporting in the town of Turlock. Often referred ...

December 02, 2016 | Frankie Tovar | Local


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