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Hilmar’s boys working their way up

A second place Trans Valley League finish and a first round playoff appearance were the fruits of Hilmar High's boys soccer team's labor last season but for head coach Louie Bettencourt and his players it wasn't enough. Now, with four returning starters, the Yellowjackets are back and ready to take another crack at the TVL championship.

August 28, 2012 | Frankie Tovar | High School Sports


Pride volleyball champs return for another title run

Pitman High made history last season, earning its first Central California Conference volleyball championship since the school's induction. After sending several players from last season's team to collegiate programs the Pride are back with another talented cast on the court and they're thinking repeat.

August 28, 2012 | Frankie Tovar | High School Sports


‘Jackets volleyball hungry for TVL title

Hilmar High's volleyball team is back and, for the first time in a long time, the Yellowjackets have height on their side. After tying with Ripon High for second place in the Trans Valley League last season, Hilmar is on a mission for first place and its girls have the weapons to achieve.

August 28, 2012 | Frankie Tovar | High School Sports


Bulldogs volleyball looks to bounce back to winning ways

Turlock High's volleyball team returns with three experienced starters this season, one for each Central California Conference match the team won last year. Those Bulldogs - Courtney Crivelli, Sarah Day, and Amy Chiesa - are second year head coach Amber Castillon's foundation for 2012 as Turlock attempts to turn the corner after two less than stellar seasons.

August 28, 2012 | Frankie Tovar | High School Sports


Hilmar blasts Livingston in football opener

Corey Bayer, Tyler Freitas, Victor Teixeira, and John Brindeiro led Hilmar High onto the football field for the first time in eight months on Friday. The Yellowjacket captains stared down their Livingston High opponents from the 50 yard line, they were ready to get the game started and so was everyone in attendance.

August 24, 2012 | Frankie Tovar | High School Sports


Pride soccer prepares for season with home tourney

Pitman High didn't have the boys soccer season it had hoped for in 2011, but head coach Oscar Mercado and his new squad isn't dwelling on that fact. What they are doing is learning from last season's mistakes and forging a new path for the Pride, one rooted in youth and, hopefully, headed towards the post-season.

August 24, 2012 | Frankie Tovar | High School Sports


Denair volleyball expecting improvement

Four years ago Courtney Nutcher was a server for Denair High's volleyball team, running up and down the court as the Coyotes tried to best Ripon Christian High and the rest of the Southern Athletic League. Now, after a two year stint as a Modesto Junior College player, Nutcher is back on the courts of Denair only this time she's the head coach.

August 21, 2012 | Frankie Tovar | High School Sports


Youth on Course with golf program graduates

Stevinson Ranch hosted a celebration of the first Youth on Course program on Saturday, capping 20 weeks of lessons and hands on experience from golf pros to Delhi High students. Family and friends were welcomed with an opening ceremony where participants were awarded certificates of completion and Northern California Golf Association cards allowing them to play at local courses at discounted prices.

August 21, 2012 | Frankie Tovar | High School Sports


Warrior women’s soccer looks to repeat

Last year the California State University, Stanislaus women's soccer team brought home the CCAA championship, finishing the season with an overall record of 11-4-6 and a conference record of 8-4-4. Although the Warriors enter this season without three of their most productive players from last year's team, an experienced field and a highly athletic freshmen class have head coach Gabriel Bolton thinking repeat.

August 17, 2012 | Frankie Tovar | College


Men’s soccer ready to contend for title

Four years ago the men's soccer team at California State University, Stanislaus was less than stellar. In the program's 13 years of existence the Warriors had only won a total of 52 games, it was clear a change had to be made.

August 17, 2012 | Frankie Tovar | College


Turlock soccer clubs win big at tourney

The Turlock FC U-12 soccer club recently won its first tournament of the season, playing six games in three days to take the Santa Clara Sporting Invitational Championship, the number one ranked tournament in Northern California and third in the nation.

August 17, 2012 | Frankie Tovar | Youth


Kaepernick finding his groove as quarterback

It's safe to say that more than a few of Turlock's television sets were tuned in to Friday's preseason game between the San Francisco 49ers and Minnesota Vikings. It's an even safer assumption to say that most who were watching were doing so to catch Turlock native Colin Kaepernick line up under center.

August 14, 2012 | Frankie Tovar | Sports Professional


Stanislaus volleyball ready to improve on last season

Last season's overall record of 10-16 was less than ideal for California State University, Stanislaus' volleyball team and their conference record of 6-16 was even more disappointing. Luckily for the Warriors, head coach Christina Lore, in her 8th season at Stanislaus, has the remedy: improved team chemistry.

August 14, 2012 | Frankie Tovar | College


Turlock’s Ethan Tait headed to Willamette University

Ethan Tait had a rough senior year at Turlock High. After playing competitive soccer for nine years Tait was forced to sit on the sideline in his last high school season as he dealt with a torn shoulder.

August 14, 2012 | Frankie Tovar | College


New Stanislaus AD looks to strengthen community ties

For the past three months Mike Matoso's life has been one of adjustments.

August 10, 2012 | Frankie Tovar | College


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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 ...

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American 11s end season at State

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Running with history

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Brandon Bettencourt TKOs Daniel Wehner

Brandon Bettencourt is known for his wrestling, but on Saturday, at HFP4: Finished No Judges Required in Merced, his performance in the cage was defined ...

July 21, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | Community


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