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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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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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Activist, gold medalist Tommie Smith to speak at Stanislaus State on Friday

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Tommie Smith said he still thinks about his “silent gesture” during the 1968 Olympics every day.

After Smith won the gold medal in the 200-meter dash and Team USA teammate John Carlos won the bronze, the two raised their fists during the award ceremony with the purpose of calling attention to racial disparity, especially toward African Americans in the United States.

“I am the 1968 Olympics,” Smith said.

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Turlock’s Johnson earns football honor; Modesto Christian boys open league play

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Turlock High’s Everett Johnson was named Lineman of the Year by the Sacramento Valley Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.

Thirteen Stanislaus District football players were among those named to the first team or honorable mention by a committee of high school coaches representing the north and south regions — as well as small, medium and large schools — that make up the Sac-Joaquin Section.

Last month, Johnson signed a national letter of intent to play for the University of California.

The 6-foot-7, 312-pound Johnson will graduate Turlock and enroll at Cal on Jan. 16.

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Lopez: How did I do with my preseason predictions? Well, not too bad

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Only one more night of high school football remains in the Stanislaus District as both Escalon and Ripon vie for CIF State titles on Saturday.

It has been another exciting year filled with games going down to the wire and unexpected breakout players.

Before Saturday, I thought I’d take a look at my preseason predictions, which were published on Aug. 22, the day before the start of the season.

I made predictions for each of the leagues in the Stanislaus District and correctly picked six of the eight winners.

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