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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


Lewis Gonzalez scores 2nd round TKO; brings title to Turlock

A crowd of Central Valley fans stood 30 feet away from the cage inside Santa Rosa's Grace Pavilion Saturday, waiting for the sixth fight of the night between Lewis Gonzalez and Bobby Stack. The group of friends and family, roughly 25 in all, made a habit of attending Gonzalez' fights but this one was different, Cage Combat's Lightweight title was on the line and Gonzalez was expected to claim it. The Lethal Legion waited to watch what they considered to be the first big step in a promising career.

October 22, 2012 | Frankie Tovar | Sports Professional


Colin Kaepernick: Gaining yards, touchdowns, and national attention

If you're from Turlock and you haven't heard of Colin Kaepernick you must be living under a rock. In only his second year in the NFL, San Francisco's backup quarterback and Pitman High's greatest athletic export has jumped onto the national media's radar, confirming what a lot of locals have known for some time - Kap can play.

October 19, 2012 | Frankie Tovar | Sports Professional


Local MMA fighter prepares for first title match

It's Wednesday, three days before the biggest fight of his career and Lewis Gonzalez is outside in the sun, running through the streets of his neighborhood bundled in layers of clothing. He is sweating and he's tired but he can't stop, he has pounds to shed and a champion to challenge. After going 6-0 at 170 and 160 pounds, Gonzalez is moving down to 155 pounds to face Cage Combat's Lightweight title holder Bobby Stack. It's the Turlocker's first title fight; the fight he hopes will help launch his professional career.

October 19, 2012 | Frankie Tovar | Sports Professional


Lewis Gonzalez 6-0; forces 3rd round tap out over Preston Scharf

Mixed Martial Arts is all about control. In order to defeat an opponent you must first control them, either physically or psychologically.

September 18, 2012 | Frankie Tovar | Sports Professional


Metcalf KO’s Wedderburn

Turlock's Jeremiah Metcalf made his K-1 debut on Saturday when he faced Jamaica's Markhaile Wedderburn at 186 pounds in the Los Angeles Sports Arena. Metcalf, a seasoned mixed martial artist, made the most of his opportunity, dispatching Wedderburn 2:12 into the first round via knockout.

September 11, 2012 | Frankie Tovar | Sports Professional


Pride alumna goes pro

A little over two years ago Ashley Olsen made Pitman High history as being the first female graduate to lock a college scholarship in golf. Olsen just added to her Pride golf legacy as being the school's first professional golfer.

August 21, 2012 | Kristina Hacker | Sports Professional


Kaepernick finding his groove as quarterback

It's safe to say that more than a few of Turlock's television sets were tuned in to Friday's preseason game between the San Francisco 49ers and Minnesota Vikings. It's an even safer assumption to say that most who were watching were doing so to catch Turlock native Colin Kaepernick line up under center.

August 14, 2012 | Frankie Tovar | Sports Professional


Turlock Express gearing up for second season

Turlock's sole professional sports team, the Turlock Express, surprised the Professional Arena Soccer League last season, finishing third in the Western Division and earning a playoff berth in their first year of existence.

August 10, 2012 | Frankie Tovar | Sports Professional


Jeremiah Metcalf scheduled for K-1 event in September

On Sept. 8, the world renowned kickboxing organization K-1 returns to American soil with K-1 Rising 2012. Fifteen fighters from around the world will meet in Los Angeles to help the legendary organization mount a resurgence, including Turlock's own Jeremiah Metcalf in his K-1 debut.

August 07, 2012 | Frankie Tovar | Sports Professional


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Difficult schedule ahead for Oakland

The Oakland Raiders have suffered another 4-12 season in 2013, which was good for last place in the AFC West.

August 23, 2014 | Eddie Ruiz | Sports Professional


How can 49ers top the West in 2014?

Why fix it if it isn't broken?

August 23, 2014 | Eddie Ruiz | Sports Professional


No place like Oakland for the Raiders

The Los Angeles Raiders. Sure, it's better than the San Antonio Raiders, but it still doesn't sound quite right.

August 23, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | Sports Professional


Kaepernick leads 49ers into new chapter at Levi's Stadium

Life is good for Colin Kaepernick.

August 23, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | Sports Professional


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