Football teams from one-horse towns converge at Corral for NorCal bowl

While cities and towns across the state combat growth with new schools, Sutter and Oakdale live in a vacuum. By design, they are one-horse towns. With only one high school, the talent pool remains rich year in and year out and the main benefactors are the coaches: Oakdale’s Trent Merzon and Sutter’s Ryan Reynolds. To that end, their appointment in Saturday’s regional bowl at The Corral was written long ago. Today’s athletes have been building toward this moment for years, from as early as second grade.

6 Things To Do This Week

Things to do this week in the Central Valley and foothills including comic Billy Gardell in Turlock, a new play at Center Stage Conservatory and Opus Handbell Ensemble at Gallo Center.

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Modesto police freeze in Mannequin Challenge

The Modesto Police Department joined the Mannequin Challenge, a viral Internet video trend where people remain frozen in action like mannequins while a video is recorded.
Modesto Police Department
Modesto police freeze in Mannequin Challenge 2:35

Modesto police freeze in Mannequin Challenge

Drawing conclusions: Arts, academics make beautiful music together 1:26

Drawing conclusions: Arts, academics make beautiful music together

Merced City STEAMs ahead with arts 0:41

Merced City STEAMs ahead with arts

Merced's John Muir Elementary Band 0:41

Merced's John Muir Elementary Band