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An interview with TC graduate Jill Baker, now a pro volleyball player in Switzerland

Jill Baker has traveled a long, productive path since her days playing on the Turlock Christian High volleyball team. During her time as an Eagle, she helped lead the team to Sac-Joaquin Section title appearances. After that, she moved onto Azusa Pacific University, a school located near Los Angeles. She had an incredible career there, culminating in winning the NAIA Volleyball Player of the Year award in 2009.

December 23, 2010 | Chhun Sun | Sports Professional

Blaze sweep Nuts with help from THS grad Mendonca

In a span of two days, Turlock High graduate Tommy Mendonca torched the Modesto Nuts before he sizzled down on the third day. Still, his Bakersfield Blaze took care of business.In three games this week against a team he was familiar with growing up, Mendonca - who gained national recognition for leading Fresno State to the 2008 College World Series title - had a 5-for-10 showing with one home run, four runs scored, one triple, one double, three RBIs and some heroics at historic Sam Lynn Ballpark in Bakersfield. In the third game, he went 0-for-3 but had one RBI.Mendonca ...

July 30, 2010 | Staff Reports TURLOCK JOURNAL | Sports Professional

Rodeo brings cowboys, cowgirls to town

Wrestling steers, riding a bucking bronco and racing around barrels were all common sights on Thursday night in the FoodMaxx Arena as cowboys and cowgirls took the stage for the California Cowboys Professional Rodeo Association Rodeo event this year at the Stanislaus County Fair.

July 23, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Sports Professional

Guess who's back? Mendonca set for 3 games vs. Nuts

Former Turlock High and Fresno State standout Tommy Mendonca will make another semi-homecoming to John Thurman Field in Modesto, home of the Modesto Nuts. But these visits appear to be a little more special than the others.

June 29, 2010 | Chhun Sun | Sports Professional

Former Stanislaus golfer finishes U.S. Open as crowd favorite

Cal State Stanislaus and its surrounding areas are about 125 miles away from Pebble Beach. But during a recent four-day stay, Erick Justesen felt like it was 2007 and '08 again, when he was building his golfing legacy at Stanislaus.

June 22, 2010 | Chhun Sun | Sports Professional

Former Stanislaus golfer produces solid back-to-back U.S. Open rounds

Different day, same result. That pretty much sums up Erick Justesen's past two days at Pebble Beach, where the former Cal State Stanislaus golfer is a first-time participant at the prestigious U.S. Open, an event that attracts the best golfers in the world, from legends such as Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson to upcoming stars.

June 18, 2010 | Chhun Sun | Sports Professional

Former Stanislaus golfer to take swing at U.S. Open

Erik Justesen accepts his position in his sport.

June 15, 2010 | Chhun Sun | Sports Professional

Brandstater to have new life with Colts

Just days after his biggest NFL shakeup, Turlock High and Fresno State standout Tom Brandstater is back on his feet.

June 11, 2010 | Chhun Sun | Sports Professional

Denair grad blossoms into MLB Draft pick

Back when he was at Denair High, Shawn Stuart's favorite place to show off his athleticism wasn't the baseball diamond. Instead, it was the basketball court. That's what his high school baseball coach, Ron Cornell, remembers of the now MLB First-Year Player Draft selection.

June 11, 2010 | Chhun Sun | Sports Professional

Stanislaus pitcher Cendejas joins his hometown Angels

On Wednesday, a bit of magic happened in Eric Cendejas' life. He was visiting Anaheim, his hometown, and later on the day, he was walking around the city's main attraction, Disneyland - the most magical place in the world, according to numerous advertisements.

June 11, 2010 | Chhun Sun | Sports Professional

Former Stanislaus golfer makes U.S. Open cut

Former Cal State Stanislaus men's golfer Erik Justesen earned medalist honors at a sectional qualifier on Monday and has qualified for the USGA U.S. Open Championships at Pebble Beach.

June 08, 2010 | Staff Reports Turlock Journal | Sports Professional

Former Warrior ace named to all-star squad

Marquis Fleming, a former standout and second team All-American pitcher at Cal State Stanislaus, was added to the Florida State League All-Star team on Sunday.

June 08, 2010 | Staff Reports Turlock Journal | Sports Professional

A stable of QBs leads to Broncos releasing THS grad

In a move that didn't come as a complete shock - considering the amount of quarterbacks and experience surrounding him - Turlock High and Fresno State standout Tom Brandstater was let go by the Denver Broncos on Friday, months before his second NFL season.

June 04, 2010 | Chhun Sun | Sports Professional

Pitman grad gets his shot at NFL's Packers

Last summer, when he was volunteering his time at the Westside Ministries Sports Camp in Turlock, then-Fresno State football player Anthony Harding briefly talked about the possibility of playing in the NFL. He didn't say too much, considering he was training for the upcoming college football season and didn't want to look beyond his immediate task.

April 28, 2010 | Chhun Sun | Sports Professional

Mendonca supported by fans, no matter the uniform

Don't mess with Tommy Mendonca, especially when he's in front of familiar faces. The challenger will get a tongue-lashing like no other.

April 21, 2010 | Chhun Sun | Sports Professional

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How do you stop Jordan Spieth?

That's on the minds of many after the 21-year-old ran through Augusta National for the second day in a row Friday, turning a course known for its intimidation into his personal playground.

April 10, 2015 | BY VINCE JOHNSON Masters Correspondent | Sports Professional

Augusta National: 3 things you need to know for the 2015 Masters

Whip up your famous pimento cheese, plant eye-poppingly colorful azaleas and trim your yard to precisely 3/8 of an inch. Pump in 98 of the world's best golfers and thousands of guests dressed in their finest springtime getup, and you'll be at Augusta National for the 2015 Masters.

April 07, 2015 | BY VINCE JOHNSON Special to the Journal | Sports Professional

Welcome home Stanislaus Cardinals

Turlock sports continue to thrive.

April 07, 2015 | Eddie Ruiz | Sports Professional


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