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Ripon edges Denair on the mat

Denair High nearly upset Ripon High on the wrestling mat Wednesday night, out-pinning the Indians four to six, but 18 points from a trio of forfeits was too much for the Coyotes to overcome. With holes at the 106-pound, 160-pound and Heavyweight weight classes, Denair dropped its first dual meet of the season, 30-41.

December 18, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | High School Sports


Lewis Gonzalez earns split-decision victory

Lewis Gonzalez made his way back into the winner's circle Saturday night at World Series of Fighting 16 in Sacramento when he earned a split decision victory over Justin Buchholz.

December 15, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | Sports Professional


Turlock headed to third straight Godinez final

Another solid effort from Turlock High on the court has landed the Bulldogs in the finals of the Frank Godinez Boys Basketball Tournament for the third year in a row.

December 12, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | High School Sports


Gonzalez seeks redemption in the cage

Four months have passed since Lewis Gonzalez suffered his first career loss at the hands of Luis Palomino in the World Series of Fighting 12 main event in Las Vegas. Those familiar with Gonzalez had grown accustomed to watching the Lightweight prospect pummel his way through the division and a loss, especially via KO, was the last thing that was expected.

December 11, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | SPORTS


Turlock rolls through Ceres in day one of Godinez Tournament

Turlock High hit the court with a bang Thursday night in the first day of the 38th annual Frank Godinez Boys Basketball Tournament with a 66-37 win over Ceres High, snapping a two-game losing streak and setting up a game with Ripon High tonight.

December 11, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | SPORTS


Niners at the crossroads

Oh the dynamics of Sunday's Battle of the Bay between the Oakland Raiders and the San Francisco 49ers. Since their first meeting in 1970, the Bay Bridge rivals have always provided fodder for fans and media when they play. What else would you expect from a pair of proud NFL organizations separated by only 34 miles?

December 09, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | Sports Professional


Pitman falls short in state final

Pitman High volleyball has been synonymous with dominance in 2014. The Pride steamrolled nearly every opponent they faced this season with its combination of size, power and speed. And when a team rose to the occasion to provide Pitman with a challenge, its girls seemed to persevere through sheer force of will.

December 08, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | High School Sports


Bulldog boys aiming for top CCC finish

Turlock High's boys basketball team has kicked off the 2014 season with a pair of hard-fought wins over Modesto High and McNair High, improving to a 2-0 record by a combined margin of five points. For the Bulldogs, this type of close competition is nothing new.

December 04, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | SPORTS


Pitman headed to State finals

It was a Tuesday-night thriller when Menlo-Atherton High traveled to Pitman High's home court for the CIF Division I Nor Cal finals in a showdown of champions.

December 02, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | High School Sports


Pitman set to host NorCal finals for first time in school history

Pitman High's historic season on the volleyball court was extended Saturday night with the Pride's straight-set victory of San Ramon Valley High in their CIF Division I NorCal semifinal match.

December 01, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | High School Sports


Holiday heartbreak: Puttering offense puts 49er playoff hopes in jeopardy

Three points and 164 yards. It's hardly the type of effort one would expect from an NFL team, but that was San Francisco's output against Seattle on Thursday.

November 28, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | Sports Professional


Bulldogs back on the mat

Turlock High has dusted off its wrestling gear and is back on the mat for the 2014 winter season. After finishing third in the Central California Conference last year and graduating two state qualifiers, the Bulldogs return with a handful of experienced wrestlers and a crop of fresh faces as they aim to take league and return to state once again.

November 26, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | High School Sports


Three Turlock water polo players named to Fall All-Century Team

The sport of water polo has thrived in Turlock and the rest of the Central Valley since its introduction roughly 40 years ago by the late Steve Feaver.

November 26, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | High School Sports


Pitman onto round two

Four days after winning the CIF Division I Sac-Joaquin Section championship in one of its hardest matches of the season, Pitman High played Oakland Tech High in what could be argued was its easiest match.

November 25, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | High School Sports


D1 Champions: Pitman volleyball beats Pleasant Grove in five games

Pitman High volleyball etched a place for itself in Sac-Joaquin Section history Friday night with its first ever Division I championship victory.

November 22, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | High School Sports


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Pitman tops out at County Clash

Stanislaus County dominated Merced County on Friday at the County Clash track meet, with Pitman, Oakdale and Turlock High finishing first, second and third, respectively.

March 27, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | High School Sports


Turlock golf gearing up for mid-season tournament

All Turlock High had to do to beat Atwater High on Thursday was show up to the Turlock Golf and Country Club with a complete team. With only four golfers, the Falcons were forced to forfeit to the Bulldogs in the third Central California Conference match of the season.

March 26, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | SPORTS


Missing pieces lead to loss for Delhi

It's not unheard of for a team to play with a person down due to injury, illness or other unforeseen circumstances. Playing with two holes in your starting lineup, however, is rare and hard to recover from, especially when the missing players fill important positions like third base and catcher.

March 26, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | SPORTS


Pitman pitches shutout in third straight game

Pitman High thoroughly beat Merced High on the baseball diamond Monday afternoon in the Pride's second Central California Conference game of the season. Four days removed from beating Golden Valley High 8-0, Pitman again pitched a shutout as they handed Merced its third consecutive loss by a score of 10-0.

March 24, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | High School Sports


One-on-one with Travis Souza

The Journal tracked down Turlock High graduate and former Bulldog basketball standout Travis Souza fresh off his final game for the University of California, Irvine, where he made school history. Here's what Souza had to say:

March 24, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | College


Denair strikes out in late innings against Le Grand

Denair High came close to earning its first win of the season this week in a two-game showdown with Le Grand High on Wednesday and Friday, but late-inning slumps in both games instead led to a pair of defeats and extended the Coyote's record to 0-8.

March 20, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | High School Sports


Pitman overtakes Atwater by one match

It was a reversal of roles for Pitman High tennis when its boys hosted Atwater High on Thursday. Two days after losing to Golden Valley High 4-5, the Pride pulled off a one-match win of their own, 5-4, against the Falcons to bring their record in the Central California Conference to 1-1.

March 19, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | SPORTS


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