Its August, and not only is it the start of American football but also association football, or more commonly known as soccer in the states, is right around the corner and the Southern Athletic League is eager to take the field.
Hurdles were always Mallory Patino's forte. Before graduating from Turlock High in 2013, Patino earned a name for herself on the track with three consecutive Central California Conference titles in the 300m hurdles.
Conditioning is done and on Monday the Hilmar Youth Football Packers began their first week of practice as the Jr. Novice, Novice, JV and Varsity levels all laced up their cleats and padded up for the start of a fresh season.
Last year, Mariya Fefilova joined California State University, Monterey Bay as an outside back for the women's soccer team and encountered familiar circumstances for any freshman collegiate athlete. A 2014 Turlock High graduate who led her Bulldogs to three Central California Conference championships, Fefilova was a proverbial soccer star in high school who never had to worry about starting a game or how many minutes she would play.
The Turlock American All Stars barreled into the 11 year-old State Tournament on Sunday carrying major heat, defeating all opponents who stood in their way in the District and Section tournaments by a combined run total of 33-3.
Ralph Gonzales has been long distance running for roughly 20 years, covering ground at marathons in Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, New York and more. He's see the country through runner's eyes, but on July 9 his passion turned international when he embarked on what many consider to be the biggest challenge for a runner - the Inca Trail Marathon in Peru.
Disappointment comes in many forms, but for Brandon Bettencourt it came in the form of a dislocated shoulder a little over three years ago. In the genesis of his amateur MMA career, Bettencourt found himself on the losing end of his first sanctioned fight against Mike Ruiz due to injury default when he threw out his shoulder in the opening seconds of round one.
For the first time in nine years, the Stanislaus U18 Babe Ruth Cardinals will not be vying for the Central California State Tournament championship. After executing a comeback win in their opening game on Friday, the Cardinals were dealt back-to-back losses by Bullard on Saturday and Delano on Sunday and were unexpectedly eliminated from the tournament.