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Colin Kaepernick: San Francisco’s next great QB?

The San Francisco 49ers are a storied franchise, but that wasn't always the case.

August 23, 2013 | Frankie Tovar | Sports Professional

Outrunning the trappings of fame

Since being named the starter in San Francisco and leading the 49ers within five yards of a Super Bowl victory last season, Colin Kaepernick has become arguably the most popular player in the NFL.

August 23, 2013 | Frankie Tovar | Sports Professional

No looking back: 49ers rush into season, rely on veteran defense

Last season the San Francisco 49ers saw themselves one play away from potentially achieving the ultimate prize in the National Football League, a Super Bowl victory. The heartbreaking 34-31 loss to the Baltimore Ravens may seem like it happened yesterday to die-hard fans, but the Niners aren't looking back; they're 100 percent focused on the season ahead.

August 23, 2013 | Eddie Ruiz | Sports Professional

The new Raiders : Oakland continues to rebuild post Al Davis

The Oakland Raiders thought 2012 would be their year to shine after finishing 8-8 and tying for first in the AFC West in 2011. Before 2012, the franchise hadn't seen a winning record or the postseason since 2002; but things quickly came crumbling down.

August 23, 2013 | Eddie Ruiz | Sports Professional

Former Warrior hits the links on PGA Latin tour

Golf will always be a part of Ryan Thornberry's life.

August 06, 2013 | BY DALE BUTLER Turlock Journal | Sports Professional

Ashley Fantazia’s passion for volleyball persists

Ashley Fantazia's path to the present has been a winding road with its fair share of bumps and detours. In less than 10 years, Fantazia has been all across the United States and around the globe as she received an education both in the classroom and on the volleyball court.

August 02, 2013 | Frankie Tovar | Sports Professional

Lewis Gonzalez prepares for World Series of Fighting 4

The stage is set. The biggest fight of Lewis Gonzalez' career is 10 days away and the Turlocker is anxious for the days to pass.

July 30, 2013 | Frankie Tovar | Sports Professional

Hoop dreams in the Old World

If you kept your ear to the ground in Turlock it wouldn't take long to hear negative small town sentiments from residents, particularly the youth. Because of this, sport is usually the main outlet for these children of Turlock. Still, the feeling of small town confinement persists for many of these athletes who see college athletics as their only way into a bigger world.

July 09, 2013 | Frankie Tovar | Sports Professional

Lewis Gonzalez signs with WSOF

Lewis Gonzalez has caught his first big break. After compiling an undefeated MMA record of 8-0 in less than two years, the 'Lethal' Turlock native has moved from regional fighter to the big leagues with the recent signing of a six-fight contract with the upstart World Series of Fighting.

June 07, 2013 | Frankie Tovar | Sports Professional

Blood, sweat and cheers

No tears were shed Friday night when Lewis Gonzalez (8-0) and Emmanuel Sanchez (4-1) met in the cage at the Jackson Sports Arena in Sacramento, but there was plenty of blood and sweat to go around as the two fighters went the distance in one of the more exciting match-ups at West Coast Fighting Championship V.

May 06, 2013 | Frankie Tovar | Sports Professional

Turlock baseball legend Brad Lesley dies at 54

Turlock lost an athletic pioneer on Saturday when Brad Lesley died of kidney failure at the age of 54 in Marina Del Rey.

April 30, 2013 | Frankie Tovar | Sports Professional

Turlock’s Bronil Koochoie continues his climb through the soccer ranks

Twelve years ago when Bronil Koochoie graduated from Turlock High his future was uncertain. His passion was soccer but after three years at the varsity level with the Bulldogs the high cost of tuition made it nearly impossible to continue on to the collegiate level. It was a hard blow for the young man who had played the game since the age of seven but it was reality, and he dealt with it the best he could.

February 26, 2013 | Frankie Tovar | Sports Professional

Sockers handle Express

The Turlock Express marked their second year in the Professional Arena Soccer League with a second straight trip to the Pacific Division Playoffs this past weekend. After a 9-7 regular season, the Express found themselves pitted against PASL stalwarts the San Diego Sockers- owners of 13 arena titles and the record for longest win streak by any professional American sports team-in the first, two leg round of post-season play.

February 26, 2013 | Frankie Tovar | Sports Professional

After heartbreaker, Kaepernick owns up like a champ

NEW ORLEANS – In a span of three months, Colin Kaepernick rose from a backup to a starting quarterback to a postseason sensation, leading the Forty-Niners to exhilarating wins over such formidable foes as the Patriots, Packers and Falcons.

February 05, 2013 | BY MATT JOHANSON Turlock Journal | Sports Professional

Super Bowl XLVII: The Day Before

NEW ORLEANS – Under normal circumstances, this city runs to wild. In the lively French Quarter, street performers, musicians, adult entertainers and free-flowing alcohol entertain tourists from all over the world, round the clock and every day.

February 03, 2013 | BY MATT JOHANSON Turlock Journal | Sports Professional

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