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Not for mowing

High powered motorsports action continued this past Friday with lawn mower races at the 2014 Stanislaus County Fair.

July 18, 2014 | Eddie Ruiz | Community

Demolition Derby: Two-day event ends well for locals

The mayhem of the Turlock Lions Destruction Derby at the Stanislaus County Fair began on Monday and concluded on Tuesday as many locals fared well in the two-day event at the Food Maxx Arena with thousands of spectators present to watch cars smash into each other until only one was left standing.

July 15, 2014 | Eddie Ruiz | Community

Local soccer fans eager for World Cup

With the World Cup looming fans in the Central Valley are feverishly preparing for a month of 'futbol' or soccer.

June 10, 2014 | Eddie Ruiz | Community

More than basketball

When local pastor Rusty Lyons decided to work together with the people of Calvary Baptist Church back in 2006 to put together a basketball recreation league, he never imagined that the effort would meet with such success, driving players to transform their game on and off the court.

June 03, 2014 | Eddie Ruiz | Community

Roughed up and uplifted: The oxymoronic nature of roller derby

Determination. Commitment. Passion. When I asked members of the local Sintral Valley Derby Girls roller derby team what it takes to be a 'derby girl', these were three of the qualities I was told. As a spectator at their practice I could see that they loved the sport, but it was not until I literally stepped into their shoes -or skates rather - that my interest in roller derby became more of a fascination.

June 03, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Community

Tyler Murphy’s recovery continues

Tyler Murphy's world was turned upside down last August when a boating accident derailed his collegiate baseball dreams. While the injuries he sustained and the doctors' prognosis for his recovery seemed bleak at first, Murphy wowed friends, family, and supporters by standing on his own two feet, unassisted, only two months after the accident.

May 30, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | Community

MJC hosts football coaches clinic

For the 10th straight year, the Modesto Junior College football staff will offer its annual Football Coaches Clinic from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

April 22, 2014 | Eddie Ruiz | Community

Winter playland: Prime slopes just hours away

While the holiday season has brought fog to the Valley, it's the promise of coming snow just hours away in the Sierra Nevada - and its many ski resorts - that has local skiers and snowboarders giddy with excitement.

November 27, 2013 | Eddie Ruiz | Community

THS state champs reunite to remember the glory days

Before high-school football became glamorized in "Friday Night Lights" and television networks, still in their infancy, ever considered broadcasting pro football, America's favorite sport was being played – and quite well – by some strong, fast, hard-nosed and very talented boys from Turlock High School.

October 29, 2013 | BY MIKE JONES Turlock Journal | Community

Bulldog alumni to play ball for scholarship fund

Former Bulldogs will get a chance to field a ball or two once again today, at the second annual Turlock High Alumni Baseball game.

October 18, 2013 | Eddie Ruiz | Community

Valley paintball team rising in league ranks

Paintball is no casual hobby for Casey Rich and Matthew Moore. The two have taken the recreational sport to the next level here in the Valley as leaders of the Modesto Mayhem amateur paintball squad.

August 16, 2013 | Eddie Ruiz | Community

Pickleball making waves in rec play

Chuck Adams and Art Pargament are hoping to start a pickleball trend here in the Valley.

August 16, 2013 | Eddie Ruiz | Community

Stevinson woman takes workouts to new level at CrossFit Games

Cindy Kelley is not your typical 49-year-old. She didn't accept getting older as an excuse to slow down physically, or competitively. After discovering CrossFit training about four years ago, she has not looked back and is now in the best shape of her life.

July 26, 2013 | Eddie Ruiz | Community

Locals power though mud bog, lawn mower races

Mud bog and lawn mower races ended motorsports action for the 2013 Stanislaus County Fair on Sunday. Local riders saw great success, taking home all first place finishes across five events: Stock, Super Stock, UTV, Stock Lawnmowers and Modified Lawnmowers.

July 23, 2013 | Eddie Ruiz | Community

Delhi fighters go the distance

The resurgence of amateur boxing in the Valley continued on Saturday with the Carlos Vieira Foundation's first annual Gloves Not Drugs boxing show at Livingston High. The 14 bout event boasted fighters from 16 different clubs who ranged in age from 9 to 28 years old.

July 23, 2013 | Frankie Tovar | Community

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