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Pitman, Turlock ready to break Harvest Bowl tie

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As the Sac-Joaquin Section heads into its final week of high school football, Denair is looking to end the season on a positive note while the crosstown rivalry between Turlock and Pitman heats up ahead of the first Harvest Bowl to take place in the spring. 

The Bulldogs (4-0) continued their undefeated season last Friday night with a 35-13 victory over Gregori, which head coach James Peterson said was a tougher game than the scoreboard showed. Turlock tallied 355 total offensive yards during the game, while Gregori was right behind them with 338.

“Defensively, we gave up quite a few yards but were able to keep them off the board. It felt like a tougher game than what we were used to this season,” Peterson said. “The offense came out and did their thing and put the points up we needed to win the game.”

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Turlock football continues dominance in historic Modesto rivalry

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The Turlock High varsity football team defeated longtime rival Modesto High on Friday night in a blowout victory, 74-13.

The Week 2 matchup between the Bulldogs and the Panthers was the 122nd time the two Central California Athletic League competitors have faced off on the gridiron — a rivalry which was renewed in 2018. 

Both Turlock and Modesto were charter members of the California Central Conference back in 1957 and played against each other until the 2003 season, when the following year it was announced that Modesto would join other schools in its city to form the Modesto Metro Conference. With the 2018 season’s Sac-Joaquin Section realignment, the former rivals were reunited in the CCAL.

Since then, the Bulldogs have outscored the Panthers 157-26 in league play. On Friday, Turlock led 62-7 by halftime. 

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Pires signs with Sac Republic FC Academy

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A standout soccer player since he started playing the sport at age 5, Jayden Pires couldn’t pass up an opportunity to elevate his game to new heights.

The Lucas Elementary fifth-grade student signed with the Sacramento Republic FC Academy on March 7.

“This is the biggest step so far in my career,” said 11-year-old Jayden, who will log playing time at fullback and midfielder. “It’s a blessing. I’m super happy.”

“It all happened so fast,” said Anthony Pires, Jayden’s father. “It’s crazy. He wouldn’t have got to this point without all the sacrifices he’s made. He earned this. It wasn’t given to him.”

Pires will become a full-time member of the Youth Academy’s 12-and-under team this fall after he finishes playing for the Modesto Ajax 11-and-under squad in May.

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Bulldogs bulldoze Knights in season opener

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The Turlock High School Bulldogs made their highly-anticipated return to Joe Debely Stadium Friday night, kicking off the shortened COVID season with a dominant 56-24 victory over Downey High School.  

“The biggest thing is the heart. The guys came together as a unit and they rebounded as a unit,” head coach James Peterson said. “They’ve been through a lot of adversity…morale has been down and guys were looking at me just beat up, but tonight was so uplifting and we saw a lot of smiles on faces. 

“I know they’re happy about the ‘W’ but it’s really about the hard work they’ve been putting in.”

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209 Seahawks open season with 12-7 loss

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The Ceres-based 209 Seahawks Football Club’s newly-formed 10-and-under team competed for the first time this past weekend.

The 209 Seahawks lost 12-7 to the host Sacramento Kings on Saturday.

“I wasn’t expecting us to play as well as we did knowing this group of kids haven’t played a game in a year and a half,” head coach Jose Ortiz said. “They went above and beyond my expectations. The most enjoyable part was watching them have fun.”

Sean Nunez accounted for the 209 Seahawks’ lone touchdown.

He returned a fumble, which was forced by Elias Harris, for a TD.

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Stanislaus County criticizing new sports guidelines for being less restrictive than school reopening guidelines

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STANISLAUS COUNTY, Calif. — Stanislaus County officials are excited about the new less restrictive guidelines for opening up youth sports, but disappointed at how much less restrictive they are than opening schools.

"We are disheartened with the misalignment, as junior high and high school campuses remain unable to open in the purple tier,” Scott Kuykendall, Stanislaus County Superintendent of Schools, said in a press release.

Schools can't reopen until the county hits the red tier and has a case rate of seven cases per 100,000 people, which is much more restrictive than the new youth sports guidelines.

The new guidelines say that outdoor high-contact sports, like football, basketball and rugby, can be played in counties in the purple or red tiers with case rates of less than 14 cases per 100,000 people. The athletes, 13 or older, and coaches would also have to get tested once per week if they play.

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Registration open for Turlock Little League baseball, softball

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Despite Stanislaus County’s current status in the purple tier of coronavirus restrictions, Turlock’s Little League organizations are hopeful that kids will be able to play this spring and are preparing for the season now. 

Youth baseball and softball can’t be played in California until a county is in the red tier of the state’s Blueprint For a Safer Economy, which requires between four and seven daily new COVID cases per 100,000 residents and a 5% to 8% seven-day positivity rate. As of Tuesday, Stanislaus County’s risk level is still considered widespread, with 34.5 new COVID cases daily per 100,000 residents and a 9.1% seven-day positivity rate. 

Once those numbers fall low enough for the county to be in the red tier, considered a substantial risk level, practices can begin for Turlock American Little League and Turlock National Little League baseball, as well as TNLL softball. Both City- and school district-owned fields are typically used to practice and play on as well and cannot be utilized until the county is in the red tier. All three organizations hope that games can start as soon as the first week of April and are currently offering no-cost registration for families.

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Seahawks compile 1-1 record

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The 209 Seahawks Football Club had one team compete at an undisclosed location in Northern California this past month. The 14-and-under squad won one of its two games.

Ceres earned a hard-fought 14-6 win over the Bay Area 300 Legacy on Jan. 24. Jeremiah Stine accounted for both of the Seahawks’ touchdowns. He had rushing TDs of 70 and 10 yards. Ceres lost 12-6 to the Sacramento Raiders on Jan. 23.

Stine scored a rushing touchdown in the first half for the Seahawks.

“Travel ball is a lot different,” said Willie Solorio, club founder, who also doubles as president of the non-affiliated Ceres Seahawks Youth Football & Cheer Organization. “The competition is way better.”

The 209 Seahawks Football Club is fielding a total of four teams during its inaugural season, including 10-and-under, 12-and-under, 14-and-under and 17-and-under.

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Oakland A’s living in worst of both worlds — no cash, no prospects

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 07: Jesus Luzardo #44 of the Oakland Athletics throws against the Houston Astros in Game Three of the American League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on October 07, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

The Oakland A’s have been a team on a tight budget for as long as anyone can remember, even longer than anyone can remember, come to think of it.

So it’s not a surprise there are reports the team is telling player agents there is no money available this offseason, considering Oakland’s run to the AL West title last season happened in the fan-free experience that was pandemic America in 2020.

Pandemic only magnified budget issues for Oakland A’s

With gate receipts, the A’s have a hard time scratching out a competitive budget. Without that cash? Woof.

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Super Bowl, outdoor dining will be big tests of L.A.’s COVID-19 progress

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With coronavirus cases and hospitalizations continuing to decline, officials are worrying about the next potential super spreader event: the Super Bowl.

Los Angeles County and California have managed to bend the curve after a deadly fall and winter surge in COVID-19, but the football championship is one of several concerns. Outdoor dining is expected to be allowed to resume at restaurants as early as Friday, the last of several stay-at-home restrictions to be lifted this week.

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti on Thursday urged people to keep up their guard and limit exposure to the virus.

“It’s about minimizing risk,” Garcetti said during an evening news briefing. Even as COVID-19 hospitalizations have fallen from a peak of 8,098 on Jan. 5 to 5,855 on Wednesday, the number is still far higher than it was in early October, when fewer than 700 COVID-19 patients were in the hospital.

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