Since graduating from Turlock High in 2001, Bronil Koochoie has travelled the globe with soccer as his vehicle. After experiencing exotic locals like Sweden, Iran, and Thailand as a professional outdoor player, Koochoie returned home to Turlock last year to try his hand at the indoor version of his beloved game as part of the Turlock Express in the Professional Arena Soccer League.
Turlock's professional indoor soccer team, the Express, finished its second year in the Professional Arena Soccer League with a 9-7 record that included a division final appearance in the postseason after placing second in the Western Division, now Pacific Division.
The San Francisco 49ers are a storied franchise, but that wasn't always the case.
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.
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.
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.
Golf will always be a part of Ryan Thornberry's life.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Turlock lost an athletic pioneer on Saturday when Brad Lesley died of kidney failure at the age of 54 in Marina Del Rey.
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.
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.