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Turlock fighter to make UFC debut on Saturday

Lewis Gonzalez is officially a UFC fighter. Less than two months after requesting a release from his World Series of Fighting contract and putting his MMA career in a state of uncertainty, Gonzalez has been asked to fight on the preliminary card of Saturday's UFC Fight Night 70 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, FL where he will face Brazilian fighter Leandro "Buscape" Silva.

June 25, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | SPORTS


Bubba Moreno to play baseball at Westmont

When Bubba Moreno hung up his football cleats at the end of fall, his basketball sneakers at the end of winter and his baseball cleats at the end of spring, he looked towards his collegiate future with athletic uncertainty.

June 23, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | SPORTS


Westside Ministries continues Summer Soccer Camp tradition

For the past seven years roughly 14,000 of Turlock's youth have participated in the annual Westside Ministries Summer Soccer Camp, joining community mentors to learn the basics of soccer in a three-week program at Wakefield Elementary.

June 19, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | Local


Recreation, competition and sisterhood

Tennis courts in Turlock are typically populated by high school and collegiate teams seeking competition and individuals looking for recreation, but from September to March there is a group of women who occupy the courts at Brenda Athletic Club in search of both.

June 18, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | SPORTS


Ajax United wins third straight tournament

The U9 boys of Ajax United are on a roll right now, following an undefeated campaign in the Central Valley - Region 7 Fall League with three straight tournament championship wins and a record of 27-1-2 at the midway point of Spring League.

June 18, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | Youth


Former Bulldog drafted by Twins

Unexpected yet exciting. That was the mood for Blake Cederlind when he was selected 650th overall in the 22nd round of the 2015 MLB Draft by the Minnesota Twins.

June 16, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | Sports Professional


Former Bulldog drafted by Pirates

Former Turlock High Bulldog and recent UCLA shortstop Kevin Kramer was selected 62nd overall in the second round of the MLB Draft on Monday by the Pittsburgh Pirates.

June 09, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | Sports Professional


Nate Costa Football Camps ready for another year

With summer vacation officially upon us it's time for local football players to get back to work and prepare themselves for the fall season. For most players, preparation consists of individual cardio and weight training sessions until the time comes to join their teams for group conditioning. But for a select few players, their moment of preparation will come much sooner and in a different type of team setting thanks to former Hilmar High and University of Oregon quarterback Nate Costa.

June 09, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | Youth


Turlock boxer prepped for Junior Olympics

Since her amateur debut on July 14, 2012, Sandra Tovar has compiled an 8-3 record while honing her skills inside the boxing ring. Now, nearly three years after her first fight, the Dutcher Middle School 7th grader finds herself on the biggest stage of her career: the USA Boxing Junior Olympic and Prep National Championships, where she is set to compete at 101 pounds in the Intermediate division.

June 05, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | Youth


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


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Where to watch the World Cup Final

The championship rematch is on for Sunday - the United States vs Japan for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. It's been a long road for our country's women who barreled through Colombia, edged China and upset the top seeded Germany, all for a chance at redemption against a Japan team that took the Women's Cup title in 2011.

July 02, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | Sports Professional


Kap swings with heart at annual golf tourney

Camp Taylor continued its partnership with San Francisco 49ers quarterback and hometown hero Colin Kaepernick on Monday with the Third Annual Against All Odds Golf Tournament at the Del Rio Country Club in Modesto.

June 30, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | Local


Gonzalez goes the distance; loses via decision in first UFC fight

Lewis Gonzalez came close on the scorecards in his UFC debut against Leandro Silva on Saturday, but 10 days notice proved to be too short a time frame to keep Silva from winning via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night 70.

June 30, 2015 | Frankie Tovar | Sports Professional


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