From The Fields: A History of Prep Football in Turlock, California

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From The Fields: A History of Prep Football in Turlock, California
About the Book

A narrative account of the near century of high school football played in Turlock, California – including stats, rosters, photographs and interviews with former players and coaches. Starting with the first team of 15 players from the 1920 Turlock High football team all the way through to the 2014 season. Players spotlighted include former pro football players from Turlock – Bob Mitchell, Paul Larson, Jeff Winans, Jonathan Quinn, Tom Brandstater and Colin Kaepernick – along with moments in the history of Turlock connected to the football program.

Genres: Nonfiction, Sports
Publisher: Tuscany Bay Publishing
Publication Year: 2015
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About the Author
Richard Paolinelli

A native of Turlock, California, Richard Paolinelli began his writing career as a freelance writer in 1984 and gained his first fiction credit serving as the lead writer for the first two issues of the Elite Comics sci-fi/fantasy series, Seadragon. His sports writing career spans stops at the Gallup Independent, Modesto Bee, Turlock Journal, Merced Sun-Star, Tracy Press, San Mateo County Times and the San Francisco Examiner. He won the 2001 California Newspaper Publishers Association award for Best Sports Story while at the Turlock Journal.

In 2010, Richard retired as a sportswriter and decided to return to his fiction writing roots. He released two short stories – The Invited and Legacy of Death – as well as a full-length sci-fi novel, Maelstrom. In 2015, Richard completed nearly two years of research and interviews and published, From The Fields: A History of Prep Football in Turlock, California. One month later, the first book of the Jack Del Rio series, Reservations, was published by Oak Tree Press.

In 2016, Richard was one of a dozen authors selected to participate in, Beyond Watson, an anthology of original Sherlock Holmes stories and was one of 20 writers involved in a second Holmes Anthology, Holmes Away From Home, released in December. Perfection’s Arbiter, a biography of National League Umpire, Babe Pinelli, was released on October 8th. W & B Books acquired the Jack Del Rio series and released the second book, Betrayals, in November.

In January of 2017, Richard returned to his science fiction roots with the release of the novel, Escaping Infinity, for which he has been named as a finalist for Best Sci-Fi Novel for the 2017 Dragon Awards. Escaping Infinity was awarded Honorable Mention in the Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards, 2nd place in the Blue Ribbon Book Cover Contest and Official Selection in the 2017 New Apple Summer E-Book Awards.

In the fall, having reacquired all of the rights to the Del series, Richard released the third and final Jack Del Rio book, Endgames, along with new editions of the first two novels.

A father of two with two grandchildren, Richard and his wife are avid sci-fi and horror fans.

Where to find Richard

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