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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


Turlockā€™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


Hougland to compete in first-ever UFC fight in China

Denair-native mixed martial artist Jeff Hougland will fight in China today, as part of the UFC's first ever event to occur in the Far East country.

November 09, 2012 | Alex Cantatore | Sports Professional


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Lewis Gonzalez earns split-decision victory

Lewis Gonzalez made his way back into the winner's circle Saturday night at World Series of Fighting 16 in Sacramento when he earned a split decision victory over Justin Buchholz.

December 15, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | Sports Professional


Express one-up Las Vegas at home

After losing to the Las Vegas Legends in the first game of the season, the Turlock Express were seeking revenge against their Pacific Division rivals in Friday's showdown at Turlock.

December 12, 2014 | Eddie Ruiz | Sports Professional


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