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TAKING HER SHOT

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Jordyn Silva would like to have one more season with younger sibling Cameron and the rest of the Manteca girls soccer team.

If it doesn't happen because of the coronavirus pandemic, her junior campaign is not a bad way to go out.

Inside of one week, the Silva sisters helped the Buffaloes capture their second Sac-Joaquin Section Division III title on Feb. 29 and make their first-ever appearance in a California Interscholastic Federation NorCal Regional appearance three days later.

That wasn't all for Jordyn, who, in that first week of March, committed to continue playing beyond high school at Stanislaus State — her top choice. This past weekend, she made it official by signing her National Letter of Intent to compete for one of the top programs in the California Collegiate Athletic Association. 

Persistence paid off for Silva, who kept Stanislaus State coach Gabe Bolton updated on her club tournament schedule during the recruiting process. 

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Joseph Bello’s Second Act | A Turlock Journal Mini-Doc

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It's been seven years since the 2013 Hilmar High varsity football team lost its bid for a Sac Joaquin Section Division IV Championship, ending the season for one of the more memorable teams in Hilmar High history.

But for all their on-field success, the '13 Hilmar squad is often remembered for the tragic circumstances that befell defensive captain Joseph Bello just two months after his final game as a Yellowjacket. With a combination of archival footage from Bello's senior year and exclusive interviews, this Mini-Doc explores his journey from a captain on the football field to a leader within the wheelchair community.

Directed/Narrated/Edited By: Frankie Tovar With Help From: Angelina Martin Special Thanks To: Joseph Bello, Frank Marques and the SCI Active Network

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Seahawks compete in Fresno

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Unable to compete in Nevada and Utah due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Ceres Seahawks played in a tournament in California this past weekend.

“We were running out of options,” said Willie Solorio, president of the youth football and cheer organization. “Fresno was the last resort.”

The 13-and-under Seahawks 209 squad compiled a 1-1 record at the Turkey Bowl , staged Nov. 28-29, at Granite Park in Fresno.

Ceres edged the Santa Maria Rebels, 14-12, on Sunday.

The Seahawks lost 14-8 to the South Bay Cougars on Saturday.

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Junior Golf Association of Northern California: Turlock’s Van Gaalen, 15, has 76 at Silverado, sweeps awards

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Clark Van Gaalen wasn’t about to let a sore right wrist, which he injured about a week ago, stop him from playing at Silverado Resort and Spa.

“I love coming to Silverado,” said Van Gaalen, who is from Turlock in Stanislaus County. “It’s always in great shape. The set-up is always really nice.”

In early July, Van Gaalen won both the boys’ 14-15 age-group division and overall titles at the Johnny Miller “Champ” Junior Championship, a two-day, 36-hole Junior Golf Association of Northern California premier points event at Silverado. He surged right to the top of the leaderboard, shooting a 3-under-par 69 on the South Course and followed that up with a 2-over 74 on the North Course, completing the tournament with a 1-under 143 total.

At the time, it was his sixth age-group win and fourth overall victory of the year.
Continue Reading on Napa Valley Register

Cal Football: Healthy Will Craig Solidifies Starting Offensive Line

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Cal came out of its abbreviated spring workouts with basically four of five offensive line positions set.

Now, it appears, all five starters are pretty well established.

Sophomore Will Craig was listed as the No. 2 left tackle on the post-spring depth chart, but that may have been more a function of him battling back from a season-ending foot injury that limited him to a single game last fall.

Versatile senior Valentino Daltoso was penciled in as the No. 1 left tackle after spring ball, but Craig has come on strong, as expected.

Continue Reading on SI Cal Sports Center

Local high school football player stays game ready after CIF announces sports delays

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TURLOCK, Calif. (KTXL) – With the news that California Interscholastic Federation sports will be delayed and not canceled, student-athletes are gearing up for their chance to play again.

It’s the work Josiah Gonzales invests on and off the football field that he said has helped lead his team to victory.

“I thought this was going to be a perfect year for us, just how we were as a team, with the new quarterback that leads us,” Josiah told FOX40.

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High schools nationwide ask athletes to sign coronavirus waivers in case they die

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High schools across America have a message for parents: If your kid gets sick and/or dies from coronavirus contracted during a voluntary extracurricular activity, you can’t sue us.

Several high schools, from California to Florida to Minnesota, have asked parents to sign liability waivers for kids starting summer activities.

In some places those activities, including everything from football two-a-days to band camp, have started as scheduled despite the increasing spread of coronavirus throughout much of the United States.

The waivers do not apply to fall classes. Districts have stressed this point, as the documents, which are still quite callous, have panicked parents.

Continue Reading on Turlock Journal

Little League seasons canceled

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Despite kicking off socially-distanced practices just over a month ago, any hope that local youth still held for a summer baseball season was recently erased when all three of Turlock’s Little League organizations canceled their plans to play.

Turlock National Little League and Turlock National Little League Softball announced on June 1 that their respective seasons would be canceled after several discussions with the City of Turlock and Turlock Unified School District. In an interview with the Journal at the end of May, TNLL President Michelle Helwick said that the league was in a state of “limbo,” since their field, Soderquist Park, is maintained by the City.

Come June 1, it was uncertain when or even if Stanislaus County would transition into Phase 3 of the state’s coronavirus reopening plan, where team sports are allowed to play. The County is still in Phase 2 a month later along with the rest of the state, with some reopening guidelines, like indoor dining, being rolled back.

Continue Reading on Turlock Journal

Trump, Goodell Support Kaepernick’s NFL Return, How Does His Hometown Feel?

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TURLOCK (CBS13) — The Black Lives Matter movement is motivating organizations big and small to right past wrongs.

In pro sports, there’s been a complete reversal with the head of the NFL commenting that Colin Kaepernick should be welcomed back and signed to a team years after he was disowned for taking a knee during the national anthem.

But what does his hometown of Turlock think of it all? Papiola Aghassi, the owner of Jura’s Restaurant and Sports Bar has supported Kaepernick ever since he took a knee for the first time. Some in Turlock feel like attitudes are changing.

“Kapernick honestly knew something back then,” said Aghassi.

Aghassi has displayed jerseys with his name in her restaurants even during the tough times when so many critiqued his decision to take a knee during the national anthem to protest police brutality.

Continue Reading on Sacramento CBS local

Turlock Schools Require COVID-19 Waiver For Summer Sports Workouts

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TURLOCK (CBS13) — Whether high school sports will get the go-ahead this fall is still unknown.

As some districts debate how it would work, Turlock Unified Schools have already jumped into summer workouts, but there’s a catch. Parents have to sign a COVID-19 waiver, protecting the school from lawsuits.

There have been rumblings of a waiver at the college level, and now, COVID-19 “sign to play” has arrived in Turlock. The district views this as a way to move forward without really knowing the end game for fall sports. The waiver asks that a legal guardian “understand the risk to myself and my child of becoming exposed to or infected by COVID-19.”

“I know that this virus is very real but I just want life to be normal again. I want my kids to be able to play. I want them to be able to be with their friends,” said Breann Smith.

Continue Reading on Sacramento CBS local

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