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MODESTO - Jasen Bracey may seem like your average 14 year old junior high student, but this week he and those who know him are celebrating a big accomplishment.

Just like any 14 year old boy might have an interest, Jasen plays football. Saturday he scored his first touchdown of the season, with a little help from his team and a lot of encouragement and support from all who know him.

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”I was a little skeptical and concerned on how I would coach him up and get him involved,” said David Nichols Sr. who coaches Jasen on the Modesto Raiders football team. “We are a non-profit organization and have to take anybody that signs up.”

Coach Nichols’ concern comes from Jasen’s visual impairment. He cannot see at all, however it is apparent that this is anything but a disability for the teen.

”He does everything with his teen and is guided by his teammates and coaches voices during practice,” Coach Nichols said. “During the games he has a little speaker to help him out when he is playing that his dad talks to him through.”

Coach Nichols says Jasen loves the sport and brings a motivation to the team unlike any he has seen in his ten years of coaching youth football. Every player lends a helping hand to see that Jasen enjoys the sport just as much as they do.

”They are definitely brothers,” said Coach Nichols.

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On Saturday, Jasen had his big chance. Although the opposing team knew there was a visually-impaired player on the Raiders, they had no idea when he would be put in.

The Raiders had made their advance to first and goal. The coaches and the team had formulated a plan to ensure Jasen had his moment. Using a modified “wedge play,” the team put Jasen in position with the ball and good blocking. Every offensive player pushed hard against the opposing team and made sure Jasen made it across the goal line.

When the crowd realized the special moment that was happening, they erupted in cheers.

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Jason ran off toward the sideline, shared hugs with his coaches, and was celebrated for his accomplishment.

”We as parents admire his courage to play this sport,” said Melissa Macias Cisneros. She captured the moment on video and shared it with CVTV. “He gives it his all and doesn’t want any special treatment out on the field.”

Cisneros and other parents have become instant fans of Jasen’s courage. With children on the JV team, they often stay after watching their own children play to watch Jasen during his games.

”His passion and knowing the game of football without sight and his instincts to overcome has others on the team believing they can do anything,” Coach Nichols continued.

”He has no fear, what he brings to this team is something like no other I have coached for.”

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CERES - A 9 year old boxing champ is preparing to attend the Silver Gloves national boxing tournament in Kansas City, Missouri in February after dedicating his most recent win to a special fan.

 

Andre Flores began boxing competitively at eight years old in 2016. A young focused athlete, he uses boxing to build his confidence. In total, he has won eight fights, one exhibition where he was awarded a belt, and two walkovers.

His first fight was in Stockton against an opponent from Salinas named Soto. Andre never showed any signs of nervousness during the event.

“When the fight was over, he came out of the ring and asked who won,” said Andre’s father Damian Flores. Andre re-entered the ring to be announced victorious.

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Damian is Andre’s strength and conditioning coach. His routine running is three miles. He runs up and down stairs. He sprints with resistance bands. He attaches two pound weights to his wrists and legs and jog and punch. Andre doesn’t tire out and has outrun other athletes nearly ten years older.

At the gym, Andre is very focused. He does three rounds of shadow boxing, then three rounds on a speed bag. He spars with other athletes, often times older than himself. After the gym, he goes home to complete all of his homework. Andre’s ethics are described as respectful and loving, and has even made the honor roll at his school.

In addition to boxing, Andre played baseball as an all-star pitcher, and football for the Ceres Junior Bulldogs. He made 16 touchdowns in eight games. It was through his time playing football, where fate would have Andre meet his biggest fan and touch her heart in the most unexpected way.

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Dinia Beltramo’s son played football with Andre two years ago. She connected with his father Damian via social media to see if he might have taken photos of her son at any of their games.

Dinia has suffered devastating major losses in her life recently. She lost her father on September 17th to a terminal cancer. She was due to be married the next day. She received word of his passing at 2:00am.

On Friday, September 30th, her husband passed away from cardiovascular disease. He showed no symptoms, as the disease may have disguised itself as heartburn.

On Monday October 18th, her grandfather passed away. He was 99 years old.

Dinia was in a very deep grieving stage from back to back losses when she received a phone call. It was Andre’s dad Damian checking in on her. They spoke briefly when he passed the phone over to Andre.

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“He expressed his condolences to me then he said he was going to win the fight for me,” Dinia said.

Andre kept his promise and won his championship match that night.

The act brought a lot of encouragement and strength during what Dinia described as a pit of grief. It made Andre feel good about himself.

Reaching the championship was not as easy as it sounds. Andre had to compete in the valley division of the tournament, which began in Fresno. He advanced through the regionals which included seven states. He defeated Ronald Plata from Arizona and Danten Kaheaku of Hawaii, who had won the nationals twice in previous competitions.

So from February 1st through the 4th Andre will find himself in Kansas City, Missouri competing in the national championships. While everyone will be rooting for him, he has his one biggest fan who will be cheering a little harder.

If you would like to support Andre on his trip, his family has established a GoFundMe account for him. You can donate by CLICKING HERE.

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Saturday, 24 December 2016 17:04

Raiders QB Carr Suffers Devastating Injury

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OAKLAND - Raiders quarterback Derek Carr suffered an injury Saturday that some are considering a devastating blow to the team.

In the Christmas Eve game against the Indianapolis Colts, Carr took a hit from Colts outside linebacker Trent Cole, resulting in a broken right fibula. Coach Jack Del Rio stated after the game that Carr is ruled out for the January first game against the Denver Broncos.

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The injury came early in the fourth quarter as the Raiders led over the colts 33-14. Carr's leg appeared to be pinned during the sack by Cole. Carr was unable to put weight on the leg and had to be helped off the field. After examination, he was transported away on a cart. 

Backup quarterback Matt McGloin filled in for Carr during the remainder of the game. The Raiders won over the Colts 33-25. Carr is scheduled to undergo surgery on Sunday.

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Friday, 11 April 2014 10:42

Modesto Nuts 2014 Home Opener

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Modesto Nuts Home Opener

MODESTO - The Modesto nuts won their 2014 home opener game Thursday night against the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. The final score was 6-5. Here are some video highlights from the game.

Friday, 11 April 2014 03:12

Modesto Nuts Dancing Mascot

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Modesto Nuts Al Dancing

Who knew almonds had dance moves? Al the almond shows off during the Modesto Nuts' 2014 home opener baseball game.

Thursday, 10 April 2014 07:38

Modesto Nuts First Look

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Modesto Nuts First Look

MODESTO - Tonight is the home opener for the Modesto Nuts baseball team, here is a quick first look video shot recently during media day.

Saturday, 14 December 2013 10:03

Locals Pitted In Cage Match Tonight

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Oakdale's Michael McDonald and Sacramento's Urijah Faber are going toe to toe tonight in the octagon for UFC on FOX 9 in Sacramento's Sleep Train Arena.

We attended the weigh in yesterday, as McDonald widely smiled at Faber in a face off photo during a face off.

McDonald, with 27 fights at 22 years old, is one of the youngest UFC Fighters. He says he is tired of hearing people ask him "Hey, do you know Urijah Faber?" Looking for a win tonight, he says he'd love to reply "Yeah, I fought him and beat him."

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