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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

Express fall in overtime

Four quarters wasn't enough to decide Friday night's matchup between the Turlock Express and Mexico Toros. After battling back and forth, point for point, the two Professional Arena Soccer League clubs carried the match into overtime to the delight of all in attendance at the Turlock Indoor Soccer Complex.

January 18, 2013 | Frankie Tovar | Sports Professional

Too much Kap for the Pack to handle

When he was a fourth grader he dreamt of playing professional football for the Niners or the Packers, so it was fitting that Colin Kaepernick's post-season debut as San Francisco's starting quarterback was against Green Bay.

January 15, 2013 | Frankie Tovar | Sports Professional

Kaepernick: Forging a future in San Francisco

Colin Kaepernick's status as the starting quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers has been questioned since his breakout performance against the Chicago Bears in Week 11, but after four NFL starts opposition to the second year player has started to soften.

December 11, 2012 | Frankie Tovar | Sports Professional

Oakland drafts Mendonca

Turlock's own Tommy Mendonca is coming back to California. The former Turlock High and Fresno State standout was acquired by the Oakland Athletics via the Triple-A phase of the Rule-5 draft on Thursday, ending a three year stint where he played 297 minor league games for the Texas Rangers.

December 08, 2012 | Frankie Tovar | Sports Professional

Turlock Express surge past Sacramento

The Turlock Express hosted the Sacramento Surge on Saturday in the fourth match of the 2012 Professional Arena Soccer League season. With a dominating first half scoring effort, the Express (2-2) notched their second win with an 8-5 victory over the Surge (0-4).

November 27, 2012 | Frankie Tovar | Sports Professional

Native son shines in primetime

Turlock native Colin Kaepernick had a momentous coming out performance against the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football.

November 21, 2012 | Frankie Tovar | Sports Professional

Kaepernick proves his NFL worth

The life of a backup quarterback in the NFL can be tough. A backup has to go through the daily grind of practice, film review, team meetings, and travel, but rarely gets the chance to enjoy the perk of playing time. If a backup is called upon the situation typically isn't ideal. Poor team performances and losses are one reason a backup quarterback might get the opportunity to play, but more times than not injury to the starter is the reason behind a backup's appearance in a game -and nobody ever wants that.

November 13, 2012 | Frankie Tovar | Sports Professional

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The Turlock Express recently announced that well known Spanish side Sevilla Futbol Club will serve as the Express' opponent in its season opening exhibition game ...

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Local driver wins Delta Classic

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