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Scott Linesburgh

Linesburgh has been a member of The Record’s sports department since 1988. A native of Wantagh, N.Y., he has covered the Stockton Thunder hockey franchise since its inception in 2005 and has spent more than two decades reporting on motorsports and various other sports on the high school, college and professional level.

Thunder sale/league move update

There wasn’t any official news on Wednesday regarding the sale of the Thunder, other than Brad Rowbotham confirming he still officially owned the team, at least as of late that afternoon. But the changes, they are a coming. The Thunder will certainly be purchased by the Calgary Flames of the NHL, and it will likely [...]

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A look at a rumored AHL All-California Division

The Calgary Flames of the NHL are in the process of buying the Stockton Thunder, and the road seems clear for that to happen. And the long-held speculation of a move of the West Coast ECHL teams moving up to the American Hockey League just picked up more steam. At first, the thought that this [...]

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AHL is hot issue for Thunder

The old saying goes like this: “Where there’s smoke, there’s fire” And the Stockton Thunder may have found the Flames which will ignite a move to a higher league. The hot rumor is that the NHL’s Calgary Flames will purchase the Thunder and move it up to the American Hockey League. This would make the [...]

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Patriarch of local racing family passes away

Sad news for the local racing community: Ron Strmiska Sr. has passed away. Anyone involved in the sport in San Joaquin County has heard of the Strmiska Family. Ron Sr. was the patriarch, beginning his career at Stockton 99 in the early 1970s. He won two track titles, plenty of races and thrilled fans with [...]

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Calaveras County parties before — and likely after — Dillashaw’s win

As promised, Calaveras County showed up to support the local sports hero. T.J. Dillashaw’s wife, Rebecca, said during Thursday’s media day that she wouldn’t be surprised if the whole town of Angels Camp showed up to her husband’s UFC Bantamweight title fight Saturday at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento. And she was close, as hundreds [...]

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Another blow for UFC

Losing your promised main event the day before the pay-per-view is not good for business. Angels Camp Product T.J. Dillashaw was set to defend his UFC bantamweight crown against former champ Renan Barao today at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, but Barao pulled out of the bout because he because ill while trying to make [...]

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Thunder makes good and familiar hire

Sometimes the obvious choice is the best. Bringing back Dave Piecuch to become the new president of the Thunder was an obvious move, and the correct one. A former vice president of sales from the time when the franchise led the ECHL in attendance, he brings a nice combination of youth, experience and familiarity. The [...]

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Yaqui Lopez would be a champion if classic fight happened in 2014

As a lifelong boxing fan, it was fascinating to research old fight footage while preparing to write the story which ran in Saturday’s edition of The Record about famed Stockton fighter Alvaro “Yaqui Lopez’s trip to attend the funeral of old friend and foe Matthew Saad Muhammad. And I was left with the feeling that [...]

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Thunder finished because it couldn’t finish

It was a fine run by the Thunder in the playoffs, it played hard and swept a higher seed in the first round of the playoffs. But it didn’t get out of the second round because it couldn’t close the deal when it had the lead against Bakersfield. The Condors won 5-3 on Saturday, won [...]

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Thunder has little time to shake off disheartening loss

The Thunder are in trouble. The only question is how it reacts to the situation. There’s no doubt Friday’s 2-1 loss to Bakersfield stings. The Thunder had the lead with less than eight minutes to go, and now trail the series 3-1 and could be eliminated on Saturday. The Condors final goal was a terrible [...]

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    Bob Highfill has worked in The Record's sports department since 1990. He has covered a variety of sports, including high schools, Pacific and professional sports. In 2006, he was named sports editor. Bob is a graduate of Lincoln High and the ... Read Full

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    Linesburgh has been a member of The Record's sports department since 1988. A native of Wantagh, N.Y., he has covered the Stockton Thunder hockey franchise since its inception in 2005 and has spent more than two decades reporting on motorsports and ... Read Full

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    Lawrence became a prep and general assignment sports reporter for The Record in August 2014. He has covered high school, college and professional sports and more in his career. From November of 2011 through summer 2014, he covered college and prep ... Read Full
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