On Monday, the Turlock High girls soccer team was without an integral member of the program in the past decade.
Don't mess with Tommy Mendonca, especially when he's in front of familiar faces. The challenger will get a tongue-lashing like no other.
By definition, a pitchers' duel is a low-scoring affair with the starting pitchers on both sides allowing no more than a run or two. The term was in full display at the Turlock High softball field, where crosstown rivals Pitman and Turlock met for the first time this season. If it weren't for some clever base-running and key hits by the Bulldogs, Thursday afternoon's showdown might still be taking place right now.
Fourteen words, 10 seconds, one breath.
Tommy Mendonca will be back in town. Well, sort of.
WATERFORD - Don't make Robbie Smallwood angry. If you do, you're bound to see the Turlock Christian High senior baseball player do some incredible things.
When it was all over, there weren't too many happy faces along the sideline of the Pitman High girls soccer team. Nor were there sad faces. Players changed their shoes and packed up their stuff after a hard-fought day at the Turlock Sports Complex against one of the top teams in the Central California Conference.
MODESTO - By the time the extra inning rolled around, Turlock High ace Vince Wheeland was nowhere near tired. Yeah, his face was sweaty after throwing more than 100 pitches at that point, all while chasing his second no-hitter of the season.
MODESTO - Stealing bases, laying down a bunt to help advance a teammate, utilizing the team's speedsters. Those are the little things that were occasionally absent this week for the Pitman High baseball team, with all the misery coming to an end Thursday afternoon at Davis High.
MODESTO - As the majority of the 4,427 fans made their way out of John Thurman Field on Thursday night, the sky was lit up with fireworks. It was a rainbow of colors and people watched in awe, mouths opened. This display was, yes, icing on the cake.
MODESTO - Ryan Cumberland figured that he'd inch a little closer to home plate, perhaps putting himself in a danger zone. But the Turlock High sophomore baseball player had a plan. He noticed the opposing pitcher's tendency to make him reach for the ball in a previous at-bat.
MODESTO - The Pitman High baseball team's first game of the 41st Windemuth Classic on Tuesday morning was one the Pride wanted to forget immediately. And they did that, judging by how they recovered in the second game just hours later.
What if Gordon Hayward's shot went in?
There was a long, dramatic pause before Turlock High midfielder Emily Thompson unleashed a shot her coach would later refer to as "a well-shot ball." Because only moments before that, the dozens of people who sat in lawn chairs while being covered in blankets to stay warm on a cold March day, watched Pitman High's Iatzity Sanchez remained motionless on the Turlock Sports Complex soccer field after a nasty collision.
Kodi Storment is a 9-year-old who can be a little shy at first, but there's one thing that makes her eyes and smile widen.