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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
The Stanislaus County Fair hosted the California Cowboys Professional Rodeo on Thursday as fans from all over the Valley packed into the Food Maxx Arena grandstand, welcoming local and other competitors from around the country.
Over 118 vehicles, equipped with multiple engines and other modifications, competed in 33 different classes to see who could drag a 44,000 pound sled the furthest on Wednesday at the Stanislaus County Fair's annual truck and tractor pull event.
Nathan Holt, 21 of Modesto, smashed and bashed his way to victory in Monday night's "Traditional Turmoil" Demolition Derby, presented by the Turlock Lions Club, in the Food Maxx Arena at the Stanislaus County Fair.
July 16, 2013|
BY DALE BOSOWSKI