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.
Former Bulldogs will get a chance to field a ball or two once again today, at the second annual Turlock High Alumni Baseball game.
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.
Chuck Adams and Art Pargament are hoping to start a pickleball trend here in the Valley.
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.
Clay pigeon shooting is gradually gaining attraction here in the Central Valley and also becoming a very popular sport in the United States. Clay shooting is the art of shooting at special flying targets, known as clay pigeons or clay targets, with a shotgun.
In 2006, the hottest quarterback prospect from the Valley was Hilmar High's Nate Costa. With a combined 6,861 yards and 63 touchdowns to show for his junior and senior year efforts as a Yellowjacket, Costa was a highly coveted recruit, who garnered attention from the likes of the University of Utah and Boise State University before finally settling on the University of Oregon.
From mid-November to early January, Colin Kaepernick revived a storied franchise, energized its loyal fan base, and sent his hometown of Turlock into a frenzy of excitement and pride with his impressive play as San Francisco's starting quarterback. He gained notoriety within the league and beyond as his name became known around the country and the world.
A few weeks ago I was surprised with an invitation from Tony Merafuentes to be a guest on the panel for his 5th Dan Black Belt exam. As Master of the Merafuentes Tae Kwon Do Academy of Martial Arts in Turlock, Tony and I had spoken about his students and their accomplishments in the past. He had relayed to me the tenants of tae kwon do and I had formulated a rough understanding of the art, but even that did not prepare me for the demonstration I was slated to witness.
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.
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