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‘Dogs dominate Pride in CCAL opener

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The Harvest Bowl may have taken place in October instead of November on Friday night, but one thing remained the same: the Turlock High varsity football team defeated Pitman High 35-0 en route to their eighth-straight victory over their crosstown rivals.

The Bulldogs (2-4 overall, 1-0 CCAL) and Pride (1-4 overall, 0-1 CCAL) kicked off Central California Athletic League play against each other this week with the 18th annual Harvest Bowl — a rivalry game which brings the two adversaries together during what is typically the last league game of the season. This year, however, it was the first.

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Turlock’s Sargis seeking continued success for Sac Republic

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Since signing his first professional soccer contract in early 2020, Turlock native Hayden Sargis has made a name for himself as a member of Sacramento Republic FC. Now, the 19-year-old is fighting through injury to continue that success as he returns to the pitch this weekend. 

Sargis picked up a soccer ball almost as soon as he could walk, starting at age four and advancing as far as the Olympic Development Program and the East Valley FC Earthquakes by age 13. Sargis became a member of the Republic FC Academy system at its inception in 2015 and became known as a reliable defender, notching 109 appearances, 92 starts and three goals in U.S. Development Academy action. 

His prowess on the pitch earned Sargis his first-ever contract, which he signed with Republic FC prior to the 2020 USL Championship season and viewed as a lifelong goal finally attained. Although currently playing as a USL team, Republic FC will make the move to MLS come 2022. 

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Turlock American 12s return to field with standout season ending at State

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The Turlock American Little League 12-year-old All Stars had an inspiring run this season, which culminated in the team finishing with a 4th place ranking in all of Northern California.

“There was a strong desire after the year everyone had with COVID,” said Coach Courtney Keyler.

“The kids practiced with a good mindset that showed on the field all the way through State,” said Coach John Arellano.

The TALL 12s started their 2021 run by sweeping through District competition at Soderquist Field in Turlock. They started with a 9-3 victory over Mariposa on July 6. Braydon Keyler had a standout performance with four hits, including a homerun. Keyler also pitched three innings with no hits and had eight strikeouts. Mason Hackler had three hits against Mariposa and Tanner Linhares had two.

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LPGA great Annika Sorenstam co-leads U.S. Senior Women’s Open with a California teaching pro who can’t stop smiling

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FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Dana Ebster wasn’t sure what to make of the interview area on the porch at Brooklawn Country Club.

“Can we practice first?” she asked as she gingerly stepped up toward the mic. Ebster, by the way, rocked the interview.

Just before Ebster flew across the country to Connecticut, she was up at 6 a.m. pulling carts out at Turlock Golf and Country Club in central California where she runs a junior clinic and works in the pro shop.

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STOCKTON – Turlock American enjoyed a five-run fifth inning Saturday and Northgate could not recover in an 8-5 opening-round loss in the Section 6 All-Star Tournament at Christa McAuliffe Middle School’s Bruneel Field.

Tony Sanchez had the big bat for Northgate, going 2 for 3 with a pair of ground-rule doubles that knocked in three runs – Travis Rose (two runs) in the third and sixth innings and Colten Nascimento in the sixth.

In the fourth inning Northgate’s Landyn Parker plated Logan Ortega on a fielder’s choice and Kylil Mallory scooted home on a wild pitch.

Turlock used the long ball in the fifth inning – Wyatt Smith belted a two-run home run and Izak Marquez legged out a two-RBI triple.

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Stan State alumnus earns spot on U.S. Olympic baseball team

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Former Stanislaus State pitcher and current Tampa Bay Rays prospect Joe Ryan was recently named to USA Baseball’s 24-man roster and will compete in the Olympic Games in Tokyo this summer. 

Baseball is returning to the Olympics for the first time since 2008 and Ryan will be part of the team’s starting rotation. The 12th-ranked prospect in the Rays system, Ryan currently pitches in the minor leagues for the Durham Bulls. He was a member of the qualifying roster for Team USA and helped them go 4-0 in the qualifying games last month.

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Turlock High basketball says goodbye to longtime coach

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The Turlock High School boys basketball program will look a bit different next season as its leader, Doug Cornfoot, retires from coaching the varsity team. 

After 15 years and three league championships, Cornfoot decided to hang it up following the COVID-shortened 2020 season, where the Bulldogs finished third in Central California Athletic League play with a 5-4 record. 

After 20 total years of coaching, which included five years at Delhi High School before he came to Turlock, Cornfoot noted that the decades had taken a toll on his body and resulted in many sleepless nights. The absence of summer ball last year helped him realize it was time to step back from the sport, he said.

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Bulldogs first in conference play

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Ceres High’s boys and girls water polo teams finished atop the Western Athletic Conference South Division standings this season.

“I’m proud of them,” head coach Stephen Dias said. “They played like a machine all season long. It was simply amazing. They were a fun team to coach.”

Ceres High’s girls team claimed the WAC title outright with a 14-9 victory at Los Banos on May 18.

The Bulldogs and Tigers compiled 7-1 and 6-2 records, respectively.

Ceres High (7-1) finished ahead of Los Banos, Johansen (2-5-1) and Pacheco (0-7-1).

“The girls are excited,” Dias said.

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CHS girls soccer take second in league

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Ceres High’s girls soccer team ended the 2020-21 season on a positive note.

The Bulldogs cruised to a 9-1 win against host Los Banos on May 26.

“I’m proud of everything we accomplished,” said Jackie Ruiz, who contributed at goalkeeper and forward during her final season at Ceres High. “I think we did a pretty good job from where we started. It was basically a brand-new team. We only had five returning starters.”

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Pitman basketball star excels in Turlock and beyond

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When it comes to Pitman High School basketball standout Abbie DiGrazia, it’s clear there are several factors responsible for her success in the sport so far: hard work, a positive attitude and an excellent support system behind her. 

It was DiGrazia’s grandfather who first put a basketball in her hands, she said, inspiring her to follow in the footsteps of her mother and aunt, who both played college basketball at Chico State, as well as her father, a former collegiate basketball player who also played professionally in the Philippines. The sport is definitely a family affair for DiGrazia, and after her grandpa signed her up for a basketball league in elementary school, the rest was history.

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