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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


Stanislaus cowgirl ranked 16th in CCPRA standings

For Stanislaus County cowgirl Bailey Castello, 21, rodeo is in her blood. Her signature event is team roping and it's something that comes naturally for her. The Castello family has run a beef cattle ranch in Livermore for decades and as a child she learned the family business in the saddle with a rope in her hand.

July 26, 2011 | Jonathan McCorkell | Community


Quad Cross and Pee Wee Bikes Results

Stanislaus County Fair, July 22

July 26, 2011 | | Community


MUD BOG & LAWN MOWER RACING RESULTS

Stanislaus County Fair, July 24

July 26, 2011 | | Community


Motocross Results

Stanislaus County Fair, July 23

July 26, 2011 | | Community


Destruction Derby II Metal Mayhem Results

Stanislaus County Fair, July 19

July 22, 2011 | | Community


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