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Fewer drives sign up for county fair destruction derby

When Stanislaus County Fair Destruction Derby Promoter Buster Lucas switched the dates of the fan-favorite competition from Monday and Tuesday to Friday and Saturday, he believed the field size would increase.

July 11, 2012 | BY DALE BUTLER TURLOCK JOURNAL | Community


Local father-daughter tandem to miss derby for religious reasons

The Ceres father-daughter tandem of Greg and Kinsey Mathews have chosen to forego the 37th Stanislaus County Fair Destruction Derby for religious reasons.

July 11, 2012 | BY DALE BUTLER TURLOCK JOURNAL | Community


Local athlete offers boot camp

Anthony Harding's interest in physical fitness was born many years ago when he was just a kid on the football field. It grew as he attended Pitman High, where he became a two-sport varsity standout, flourished at Fresno State University, where Harding majored in Kinesiology and served as the Bulldog's running back, and finally took a hold of him during his preparation for the NFL combines after graduation.

June 22, 2012 | Frankie Tovar | Community


Former Bulldogs become hall of famers

Turlockers Paul Larson and Dave Maggard were recently inducted into the California Interscholastic Federation's Sac-Joaquin Section 2012 Hall of Fame class for their athletic accomplishments at Turlock High and beyond. Both were three-sport standouts, representing the Bulldogs on the football field, basketball court and track.

June 12, 2012 | Frankie Tovar | Community


Bullfights celebrate Portuguese tradition

The Turlock Pentecost Association wrapped up its 100th anniversary celebration with a Galla Traditional Portuguese Bullfight at the Stevinson Pentecost Bull Fighting Arena on Monday. Those in attendance were treated with a taste of 18th century Portuguese culture as Cavaleiros (horseman), Matadores and Forcados (suicide squad) battled six bulls in the center of the ring, risking injury for the sake of entertainment, pride and tradition.

June 05, 2012 | Frankie Tovar | Community


Local martial artists plan trip to visit Grandmaster in North Carolina

Tony Merafuentes is known as Master by his Tae Kwon Do students, a title that reflects his knowledge and status as a Tae Kwon Do practitioner. As a Master, Merafuentes holds a high degree of credibility in regards to his instruction and critiques of others but even he is outranked by another; Grand Master San Ho Lee.

June 01, 2012 | Frankie Tovar | Community


Athleticism and attitude: A derby girl’s credo

On Saturday I drove to the S.O.S Club in Modesto to watch the SINtral Valley Derby Girls host the Shasta Mountain Mighty Rollers, where I experienced the cult sensation known as roller derby for the first time. As I walked onto the basketball court - which had been fashioned into a makeshift track - I couldn't help but notice the crowd's enthusiasm as the girls strapped on their helmets and prepared to jam.

May 29, 2012 | Frankie Tovar | Community


Local driver in running for rookie award

Turlock's Chris Falkenberg is relatively new to the sport of dirt track racing but he hasn't let that stop him from winning - or having fun. Falkenberg, who races in Chowchilla, Merced and Watsonville, recently won three straight races and currently sits in first place at both the Merced and Chowchilla tracks, which is not an easy feat for a rookie.

May 01, 2012 | Frankie Tovar | Community


Edward Mackey’s MMA mission

Everybody has a dream.

April 24, 2012 | Frankie Tovar | Community


Junior Merafuentes, CBBL give back to martial arts community with free tournaments

Martial arts has experienced an uptick in enthusiasm in the last few years as kids, teenagers and adults flock to the various disciplines to learn self defense and respect while satisfying their competitive tendencies. Enthusiasm alone often isn't enough for some, however, as the cost to train, equip oneself, and compete has kept some potential martial artists away from the sports.

April 10, 2012 | Frankie Tovar | Community


Local anglers win big at Lake McClure event

Anglers Choice WRL held its fourth event of the season at Lake McClure on Sunday, and local teams reeled in the big fish - and bucks.

April 03, 2012 | Staff Reports TURLOCK JOURNAL | Community


Former Warriors honored 30 years after historic season

Thirty years ago the California State University, Stanislaus men's basketball team made a memorable run, reaching the 1982 Division III Final Four Tournament for the first and only time in the school's history. On Saturday the former Warriors returned to Kirkpatrick Arena to be honored for their achievement during Stanislaus' game against Cal Poly Pomona.

February 07, 2012 | Frankie Tovar | Community


No snowfall, no problem

The weather has been slightly unpredictable as of late, alternating from cold and foggy conditions to warm and sunny days. For most of us in the Valley these weather variations are nothing more than a slight inconvenience but for skiers and snowboarders it means a delay to their favorite season.

December 20, 2011 | Frankie Tovar | Community


Local swim program goes back to roots

While Kim Corgiat was explaining the "rebranding" of Turlock Aquatic Club, the coach kept an eye on her swimmers, who were in the middle of a friendly competition toward the end of practice at the Pitman High pool. In this instance, swimming was not a task. It was a fun activity, and that's how Corgiat and her program want others to see it.

September 30, 2011 | Chhun Sun | Community


Area swimmer launches disabilities awareness campaign

Turlock native Harry Boucher is using his love of swimming to spread the message that people with disabilities deserve to Live Without Limits. Boucher was inspired by his 7-year-old son, Max, to reach out to the public with his Live Without Limits campaign. Max was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when he was 2-years-old and uses a wheelchair and a walker to get around.

August 19, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Community


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