Disappointment comes in many forms, but for Brandon Bettencourt it came in the form of a dislocated shoulder a little over three years ago. In the genesis of his amateur MMA career, Bettencourt found himself on the losing end of his first sanctioned fight against Mike Ruiz due to injury default when he threw out his shoulder in the opening seconds of round one.
For the first time in nine years, the Stanislaus U18 Babe Ruth Cardinals will not be vying for the Central California State Tournament championship. After executing a comeback win in their opening game on Friday, the Cardinals were dealt back-to-back losses by Bullard on Saturday and Delano on Sunday and were unexpectedly eliminated from the tournament.
After tearing through the District 73 Majors All Star Tournament a week prior, the Turlock American 12-year-old team brought their confidence into the Section 6 tournament that begin on Saturday and concluded on Monday.
After 16 long years of trying Denair's Tony Silveira was finally able to smash and bash his way to victory in Monday night's "Traditional Turmoil" Demolition Derby, presented by the Turlock Lions Club, in the Food Maxx Arena at the Stanislaus County Fair.
July 14, 2015|
BY DALE BOSOWSKI
Bonding and helping voluntarily are not activities that are typically associated with athletic opponents, but for Valley wrestlers it has become a summer time tradition. Though they face off against each other through league and into the postseason, Central California Conference wrestlers - and those from surrounding leagues - have been coming together to help each other stay sharp on the mat for weekly match nights, the last of which was held on Wednesday at Turlock High.
The beginning of the 2015 high school football season is roughly three months away, but preparation has already begun for local teams who are shaking the rust and acclimating new varsity players through seven-on-seven scrimmages.
The U13 Rage Volleyball squad was led by two soon-to-be Hilmar High Yellowjackets, as they sent their youngest team of five to the USA Junior National American Championships which took place at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center this past weekend and concluded on Monday.
John Cook won back-to-back California Collegiate Athletic Association championships as California State University, Stanislaus' men's golf coach and earned four CCAA Coach of the Year awards during his seven years with the Warriors, so it came as no surprise when the University of Pacific offered him the position as the Tigers' men's golf head coach.
The development of former Turlock High Bulldog Dakota Edwards has seen its ups and downs at the collegiate level but after an impressive summer baseball outing the previous week, the local right-handed pitcher seems to be on the upswing.
Lewis Gonzalez is officially a UFC fighter. Less than two months after requesting a release from his World Series of Fighting contract and putting his MMA career in a state of uncertainty, Gonzalez has been asked to fight on the preliminary card of Saturday's UFC Fight Night 70 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, FL where he will face Brazilian fighter Leandro "Buscape" Silva.