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
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.
The City of Turlock was recently awarded the James Farrell Award for its successful hosting of the Girls 16 & 18 and Under Fast Pitch Western Nationals in July 2012-one of the highest rated National Tournaments of the year with a score of 99 out of 100.
Last year Joey Henley and Doug Kitchens were in the early stages of creating a local semi-pro football team to compete in the San Joaquin Valley Football League. They dubbed the squad The County Regulators and invited players from all around the Valley to try out.
Turlockers got the chance to meet their first cycling team during the Festival of Lights in downtown Turlock on Friday. Armed with water bottles, Christmas cookies, and posters, the members of Bell Real Estate Cycling helped spread the word about the newest edition to Turlock's athletic scene.