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Oceanside native thrives at West Point

WEST POINT, N.Y. — On a crisp, sunny autumn Saturday afternoon, about an hour’s drive north of New York City, more than 30,000 Americans in unison have their eyes fixated on the sky above this normally very quiet town overlooking the Hudson River. They are all cheering and clapping at the same time, creating quite […]

Local football stars’ parallel careers come to a close

PROVO, UTAH — Four years ago, Vic So’oto and Russell Tialavea left Oceanside together as teenage football stars en route to Brigham Young University, or BYU, and Provo, Utah, 680 miles and a world away from everything they had known growing up by the seaside. Four years later, the childhood best friends and student-athletes have […]