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Local ballplayer eyeing spot on National team

Not much time has passed since Dominic Rodriguez was playing for the Turlock Yankees, where he both pitched and caught for his team. Little League season is over now, just as summer will soon be, but Rodriguez is far from finished playing baseball.

August 07, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | SPORTS


Local artist lands dream venue: Levi's Stadium

When the San Francisco 49ers hit the field in 2104 there will be two Valley natives on display at the brand new Levi's Stadium-Colin Kaepernick and Nick Brown.

August 01, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | Local


Youth quarterback earns trip to Florida

Brady House has grown up on a steady diet of football, so it's no surprise that his life's dream is to be an NFL quarterback.

July 31, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | SPORTS


Karenee Demery in contention for NCAA Woman of the Year

She's a three-time CCAA Offensive Player of the Year, three-time Daktronics West Region Player of the Year, four-time All-American, and the 2013 NCAA Division II Women's Soccer Player of the Year. She's led the women's soccer team of California State University, Stanislaus to two CCAA Championships and is currently considered to be the program's best player-ever.

July 29, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | College


Gonzalez back in action in Las Vegas main event

It's been half a year since Turlock's Lewis Gonzalez was forced to withdraw from what would have been his first shot at a World Series of Fighting championship belt. Scheduled to face Justin Gaethje on Jan. 18, Gonzalez suffered a knee injury weeks prior to the event and was forced to sit and watch as Gaethje defeated his replacement, Richard Patishnock, via TKO to become WSOF's inaugural Lightweight Champion.

July 24, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | SPORTS


Memo’s Cocina and Tequila Bar opens Wednesday

Over the past few years Turlock's downtown scene has experienced a revitalization, forging a new identity for itself with a combination of craft beer and nightlife destinations. After nearly a year of anticipation, Downtown Turlock again adds to its newly formed reputation as a Central Valley hotspot with the opening of Memo's Cocina and Tequila Bar.

July 22, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | Local


Turlock ag students bid fond farewell to award-winning FFA advisor, ag teacher

Turlock High's FFA program has been a California powerhouse for the better part of the last decade, having earned eight consecutive Chapter Group titles at both the State and Stanislaus County Fairs in addition to laying claim to Most Outstanding Project awards during seven of those years.

July 18, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | Education


Hot Rod Diner serves up classic fare and cars

Name of Business: Hot Rod Diner

July 17, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | Local


Local resident visits homeless with Water on Wheels

By mid-afternoon Saturday the sun was beating down on Turlock and most people were hiding from the heat in the comfort of their homes, relaxing on couches with their air conditioners pumping.

July 15, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | Local


Andres Orozco wins Freestyle championship

Andres Orozco finished his sophomore season as a Turlock High wrestler last year with a third place finish in the Central California Conference and a 2-2 showing at Masters.

July 08, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | Youth


Hilmar Coffee: Familiar name, fresh menu

Name of Business: Hilmar Coffee

July 02, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | Local


Ashely Solis soars in San Bernardino

Success on the volleyball court is something Ashley Solis is accustomed to.

June 26, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | SPORTS


Grass fire on Glenwood

A Turlock firefighter extinguishes flames on the side of Glenwood Avenue in Turlock Thursday afternoon. The fire burned several trees and scorched at least one telephone pole over an area about 100 yards long and 10 feet wide. The fire is believed to have been ignited by a vehicle that caught on fire. It remains under investigation.

June 26, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | Crime


Backpack drive expands into Turlock

The Latino Community Roundtable of Stanislaus County has spent the past five years helping prepare young students in Modesto and Ceres for school with an annual Back-2-School Backpack Drive.

June 26, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | Local


Kaepernick swings support Camp Taylor's way with annual golf tournament

Camp Taylor, a camp for young people and families of children with heart disease, has grown exponentially since its founding in 2002. Much of that growth has happened in the past three years, not coincidentally following the surge of success of its most famous advocate-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

June 17, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | Local


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Turlock Tee Birds win Central Valley, preparing for Tournament of Champions

The Turlock Tee Birds have been playing golf at the Turlock Golf & Country Club for more than 30 years, combining competition and fun with weekly runs of the course and friendly wagering. Currently comprised of women aged 49 to 80, the Tee Birds play golf year-round. For most, it's their time to have fun.

August 21, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | SPORTS


Patrick Green: Bulldog to Lumberjack

There aren't many local football players who get the opportunity to play Division I college ball, but count Patrick Green in as one of the lucky few. A 2014 Turlock High graduate, Green entered his senior year as the 45th ranked tight end in the nation according to ESPN and earned All-Conference and All-State honors by season's end.

August 15, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | College


Delhi volleyball reborn for new season

The first foundation game of the season, the prelude to the much anticipated start of league play, is less than a month away for Delhi High.

August 14, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | SPORTS


Turlock fighter suffers first career loss after first-round KO

Lewis Gonzalez' name is preceded by the moniker of "Lethal" for a reason. Leading up to Saturday's main event fight against Luis Palomino at World Series of Fighting 12 in Las Vegas, Gonzalez had won eight of his nine professional fights via stoppage, with four of those fights being called in the first round.

August 12, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | Sports Professional


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