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‘Straight out of a storybook’: A local’s hidden spots in Half Moon Bay

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Good morning, fellow Escapists. Six hours up the coast from Los Angeles churns the premier big wave surf break in the continental United States. Once a secret held by just a few locals, Mavericks is serious stuff: From October through March, waves can break at 10 feet, 15 feet and even higher.

Over the years, it has claimed the lives of surfing legends such as Mark Foo and Sion Milosky. “It will just add to the lore and legend of this spot,” a local surf shop owner said of Foo’s tragic death while speaking to The Times in 1994. Today, Mavericks is known around the world as a destination for experienced big wave surfers and those interested in watching the beauty and brutality of the ocean from afar.

But in nearby Half Moon Bay, it’s an entirely different story.

The coastal town in San Mateo County is home to beaches that are ideal for beginners — and plenty of surf instructors happy to teach newcomers the ropes, just a few miles from the fearsome waves of Mavericks.

Ella Catalano-Dockins, 20, is one of those instructors. A surfer since age 10, she owns and operates Blue Swell Surf School with her younger sister and mother. The school offers lessons for surfers of all skill levels, as well as surf camps and walking tours of the coastline, where guests can easily spot marine wildlife.

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TC offense comes alive in first game of NorCals

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The Turlock Christian baseball team kept the good times rolling as they took down the Mendota Aztecs in the opening game of the Division V CIF Northern California Regional playoffs. The Eagles once again saw a stellar pitching performance from junior Gavin Farinha, who tossed six shutout frames.

Farinha dominating for TC is nothing new to the rest of the team, but a major difference in Tuesday night’s contest was run support. After scoring one run in the section championship game, the Eagles offense exploded to score six against Mendota.

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‘Leave a legacy’: How two Modesto schools became the first boys volleyball teams in the city

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When the Sac-Joaquin Section released its boys volleyball playoff brackets on April 29, there were schools from Lodi, Stockton, Ripon and many different cities around Sacramento.

But none from Modesto.

In the state of California, boys volleyball participation has increased every year from 2010-2019 according to the National Federation of State High School Associations, gaining the most steam in Southern California and near the Bay Area.

Two schools in Modesto have made their mark by starting teams this year: Davis High School and Central Catholic High School. The teams were started in an attempt to provide an extra sport for boys in the spring, and grow boys volleyball in the area.

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Northern California minor league baseball teams gear up for opening day

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Despite the ongoing MLB lockout, it’s business as usual for minor league baseball teams across the Valley.

The Sacramento River Cats are safe at home this season as they gear up for their 2022 campaign. While players on the major league 40-man roster will remain locked out, it’s the perfect time to catch the hot Giants' prospects in action.

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Prep boys’ soccer: Liberty Ranch earns school’s first section championship

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On Tuesday night, after a long drive to Turlock High School for all parties, a long boys’ soccer game ensued. It took 100 minutes, including 20 of double overtime, but Liberty Ranch made all the work worthwhile with a 4-2 penalty kick win for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV boys’ soccer championship.

It was a scoreless affair with the defenses of both teams on the front foot and the attacks rarely getting shots.

Hawks coach Garrett Arechiga, coaching in his first postseason, delivered Liberty Ranch their first-ever title.

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Big Sky Conference’s winningest coach remembers BVU roots

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The winningest coach in Big Sky Conference men’s basketball is a 1982 Buena Vista University graduate remembered more for baseball at his alma mater.

“In basketball, I was basically a walk-on,” says Randy Rahe, who earned his 300th victory as men’s basketball coach at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, earlier this season. “I was definitely a role player.”

Rahe, a native of Bancroft, was a four-year starter on the baseball diamond for BVU Hall-of-Famer, the late Coach Jay Beekmann. Rahe played second base for the Beavers, who earned league titles and defeated the defending national champs, the University of California at Stanislaus, in the 1980 regional tournament.

“I couldn’t wait to get to baseball practice when I was a student at Buena Vista,” Rahe says. “I loved Coach Beekmann to death. He was a great person, a great mentor, a man who taught me so much about life.”

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Some 2022 high school football schedules released

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Multiple high schools in the south Placer area have finalized their football schedules for the fall 2022 season and this week, we wanted to take a look at some of the matchups to look forward to for next fall.

Sierra Foothill League

The Rocklin Thunder is the defending champion in the Sierra Foothill League, following a 12-1 2021 season. The Thunder is preparing to have their first two games on the road as their track and turf are being redone at the football stadium. The Thunder will open their season on Aug. 19 away against Turlock. Their first home game will be on Sept. 2 against Capital Christian, a team that Rocklin defeated 43-14 in 2021.

Rocklin will be a part of the 2022 Honor Bowl, an annual showcase that features some of the best teams in Northern and Southern California. The Honor Bowl started at Del Oro High School and the Honor Group mission is to educate athletes and coaches about patriotism while also raising money for wounded veterans. This year, the two-day event will be hosted by Oak Ridge High School on Sept. 9 and Sept. 10.

The Thunder will have their bye week on Sept. 23.

The Granite Bay Grizzlies were second in league play last season and are looking to build off of that performance when they start competition against Elk Grove on Aug. 19. They will follow that up with two straight home games against Davis and Vista Del Lago before playing in the Honor Bowl on Sept. 9 against Spanish Springs. The Grizzlies will finish non-league action against Vacaville on Sept. 16, a team they defeated 14-9 in 2021, before having their bye week on Sept. 23.

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Turlock golf edges out Enochs to win league championship

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Turlock High golf was able to hold off Enochs High to win the CCAL Championship. This is the Bulldogs first championship in three years, before that they won 15 straight league titles.

The CCLA Championship was held at the Turlock and Golf Country Club on Monday. Going into the tournament, Turlock had a two-point lead over the second-place team Enochs. Therefore, if Enochs won the tournament and the Bulldogs took second, both schools would be co-champions. Turlock was able to pull out a narrow victory and are in sole possession in first place in the league.

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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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