Tony Merafuentes has been a taekwondo practitioner for 35 years and an instructor for 22 of those years. Merafuentes' instructing career began in Modesto when he was just 24 years old, but three years ago he brought his knowledge and love for the Korean martial art to the Turlock Academy on East Main.
In the first round of the Youth National Championship Tournament the Turlock Vikings were pitted against the Texas Wrecking Crew, an All-Star team twice their size. The majority of those who face the Wrecking Crew quit by halftime but Turlock stuck it out on Tuesday, doing their best to compete in the 30-0 loss.
While the weather remains chilly and Christmas was just a week ago, it's that time of year again - time to sign up for Little League baseball.
For more than 20 years the Turlock Youth Football program has groomed young players and produced countless championship teams. Now, for the first time in TYF history, young Turlockers have the opportunity to showcase their skills at the national level when a hybrid 49er/Viking team travels to Dallas, Texas Christmas week to compete in the Youth National Championship Tournament.
Mya Sanchez earned a first place trophy Sunday in the Punt Pass and Kick competition at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.
This Sunday when the 49ers host the St. Louis Rams at Candlestick Park in San Francisco Turlockers will be able to see two local faces if they watch closely, Colin Kaepernick and Mya Sanchez.
The Turlock Vikings won the 2011 JV Super Bowl Championship on Saturday at Atwater High School when they defeated the Manteca Jaguars 30-12.
Kylie Viray, a 7-year-old Turlocker, won the all around state gymnastics championship in Lemoore with an overall score of 37.225. Viray also won the balance beam championship with a 9.3 in only her second year of competition.
Turlock Vikings JV squad (8-2) defeated the Ceres Seahawks 24-6 on Saturday, in the second round of playoffs in the Central California Junior Football League. The win sends the Vikings into the Super Bowl, where they will face the Manteca Jaguars at Atwater High School this Saturday at 5 p.m.
Turlock now has a fastpitch softball program for local girls.
Youth soccer players, fans and community members came out to Warrior Stadium on Saturday and participated in the second annual Kickoff Carnival, presented by the Turlock Youth Soccer Association and Cal State Stanislaus men's and women's soccer programs.
The Hilmar Hammerheads are the Merced County Swim League champions for the first time after years of dominance by the Los Banos Tigersharks, who had won the title the previous 19 years.
The kids in the Turlock Youth Football League can't help but widen their eyes when they hear names like Colin Kaepernick, Tom Brandstater and Anthony Harding - with the first two being in the NFL and Harding having played at Fresno State. That's because they represent the ultimate success stories of the local organization.
After collecting thousands of miles across the United States, visiting historic sites along the way and challenging America's best youth athletes, the results are in: Thad Moren's cross country road trip with his Team Olympians athletes ended in some jewelry.
SALIDA - For recent Turlock High graduate and UCLA-bound shortstop Kevin Kramer, it was a dream that turned into reality. Like most baseball players, he grew up dreaming about his shot at heroics - his opportunity to win an important game with one swing of the bat.