Lulu's Rangers faced a familiar foe during Tuesday's American Little League Championship game, the Tigers. After defeating the Tigers in the first round of this year's playoff tournament, the Rangers put in a repeat performance, winning 10-4 and earning a spot in the Turlock Little League City Championship game on Saturday.
Three wrestlers from the Turlock Youth Wrestling Club earned medals at the Youth Freestyle State Tournament at the Selland Arena in Fresno on Sunday. William Giron finished fourth in the 65 pound division, Juan Mora placed fourth at 112 pounds, and Hailey Ward walked away with a gold medal in the girls' 60 pound division. All three wrestlers competed at the intermediate level, comprised of 9-10 year olds.
The Rockies wasted no time getting on the board when they faced the Diamondbacks on Thursday in the second round of the National League Little League playoff tournament. Two first-inning runs put the Rockies in the lead but it was a nine-run third inning that gave them the 13-3 win and a guaranteed spot in today's National League Championship.
It was the top of the third inning. The American League Yankees led the Tigers by four runs and seemed to be in complete control of the game. The Tigers knew they had to turn the tide, and soon, or their goal of a tournament championship would become harder to achieve.
Do you have a son or daughter that likes basketball? Are you a young basketball player yourself, hoping to improve your skills? Well in less than a month there will be two basketball camps in the area to choose from, the Bulldogs Boys Basketball Camp and the Stanislaus County Elite Basketball Camp.
Athletes from Turlock Junior High and Dutcher Middle School took part in the 2012 Jr. Relays County Meet at Modesto Junior College on Saturday and finished the day with a number of first place finishers and a couple of record breakers to boot.
High school wrestling season has ended but a handful of wrestlers continue to compete, sharpening their skills and staying in shape for next season. Those wrestlers, members of the Turlock Wrestling Club, took part in the 2012 Cadet-Junior Folkstyle State Championships last weekend and their performances earned TWC a team championship in both the Cadet and Junior classes.
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.
Late February and early March is crunch time for high school wrestlers. After months of hard work in wrestling rooms, wrestlers either see their labor rewarded with divisional, sectional, and state success or they see the flame of their season extinguished. It's the defining high stakes nature of a sport that requires a high degree of dedication.
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