Joe Cortez, The Modesto Bee

Joe Cortez

The Modesto Bee

Modesto, CA, United States

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Past articles by Joe:

After 38 years off, Modesto bodybuilder back on the winner’s podium ... and having cake

Not everybody can eat an entire quarter-sheet cake, nor should they. But Rod Poulson isn’t like everybody else. → Read More

Ceres’ Gardner invited to 49ers and Rams minicamps

The San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Rams are one of the NFL’s most storied rivalries. → Read More

Nuts get 15 hits but still fall to San Jose to complete homestand

The Modesto Nuts completed a six-game homestand Sunday, falling 5-4 to the San Jose Giants in California League action at John Thurman Field. → Read More

Special day for Stanislaus County’s Special Olympians

Three ribbons dangled from Special Olympian Terry McConnell’s neck, two for first place and one for second. But as far as he was concerned, they were all blue. → Read More

A Turlock High record, which stood for 36 years, shattered with borrowed equipment

Turlock High athlete breaks 36-year-old discus record → Read More

Why you could see this former Modesto Christian athlete in the 2020 Olympics

Former Modesto Christian standout Nicole Warwick, now a freshman at Azusa Pacific, earned All-American status in track and field with her finish at the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships, March 9-10 at Pittsburg (Kan.) State University. → Read More

'What else have I got to lose?' Limbless marathoner inspires students in Ceres

Chris Koch likes to put people at ease, even though he knows his appearance often does the opposite. → Read More

Modesto Christian boys draw No. 3 seed in NorCal Open Division hoops tourney

Following Modesto Christian’s 60-56 victory over Sheldon in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I boys championship game Saturday night at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, coach Brice Fantazia took time to ponder where his Crusaders might be seeded in the Northern California regional tournament’s Open Division. → Read More

Ripon girls earn section soccer crown, beating rival Hilmar in overtime

Devaney Dougherty’s header of a tipped ball off a corner kick gave No. 2 Ripon a 1-0 victory over top-seeded Hilmar in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V girls soccer final. → Read More

Modesto’s Jon Olsen to run hometown marathon ... as a warmup to a long race

Modesto’s Jon Olsen isn’t a marathoner, per se. He’s an ultramarathoner. Olsen is more likely to run 50-mile races, 100-mile races or 24-hour races in which he’ll cover more than 150 miles. → Read More

’This is what he loved to do.’ Fitness community comes to the aid of one of their own

A fundraiser was held Saturday morning at The Iron Compound fitness facility in Turlock for a young father killed in crash last month. → Read More

In memory of ‘Spunky’: Unique fundraiser set for family of crash victim from Turlock

Tanner Sylvia’s perspective on life changed when he had children. As a father of two young girls, he’s more sensitive to the struggles of other parents. → Read More

AT&T homecoming for Big Time Timmy Jim?

Could pitcher Tim Lincecum and the San Francisco Giants be headed for a reunion? → Read More

Former Modesto Christian Standout Nate Sudfeld celebrates Super Bowl win

Philadelphia Eagles backup quarterback, and former Modesto Christian standout Nate Sudfeld, spent much of the 2017 season emulating New England Patriots legend Tom Brady. According to Marcus Hayes of, Sudfeld has long been a fan of Brady’s and followed the five-time Super Bowl champion’s guide to sustained athletic excellence, “The TB12 Method.” → Read More

Gregori tight end takes top football scholarship at Central Valley Automotive awards

Gabe Sanchez wants to be the CEO of a Fortune 500 company some day. → Read More

T-shirts honoring Turlock High graduate sold to raise money for scholasrhips

T-shirts honoring Turlock High School graduate Zach Moore are being sold to the public to make money for a scholarship fund set up in his memory after the 20-year-old was killed in a car accident last week. → Read More

Yankees' Aaron Judge in chambers of another sort in Stockton Tuesday

Linden High graduate Aaron Judge, who went on to play baseball at Fresno State before taking the major leagues by storm last year with this Rookie of the Year campaign, was honored by the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday for his accomplishments. → Read More

Father, coach describe Turlock High graduate killed in crash near Knights Ferry

The 20-year-old Turlock man killed in a crash near Knights Ferry Thursday had a passion for football and "the biggest heart I know," his father said Friday. → Read More

Central Catholic coach angers standout player. Why that's a good thing for the Raiders.

Senior guard Josh Hamilton scored 29 points in the Central Catholic's 67-47 Valley Oak League victory over Kimball on Friday night. → Read More

Cal League Manager of the Year Canham will return to lead Modesto Nuts

Manager Mitch Canham and two members of his coaching staff will return to guide the Modesto Nuts for a second season, the Seattle Mariners announced Thursday. → Read More