Perhaps the only major problems the Pitman High football team experienced in Thursday night's game against Gregori High were the warm weather and the fact that the Pride weren't playing on a Friday night, a time of the week high school players are groomed for.
The truth is, Turlock High is a considerable favorite to finish atop the Central California Conference girls tennis standings, thanks to the Bulldogs having won the past four titles and owning a 34-0 league record in the three previous seasons. Pitman, the crosstown rival, knows this.
Especially during the hot afternoons, being a water polo player seems like it's the life. While everyone else is sweating underneath their clothes during the final days of summer, water polo players are in the pool, swimming in nice cool water - sometimes for a long period of time.
In their late-game rally, the Turlock Christian Eagles scored two touchdowns in the final two quarters against Big Valley Christian High in last Friday's nonconference meeting in Modesto. But it was too late, since the Lions had already built a commanding lead en route to a 33-14 victory.
Golf is one of those sports that looks effortless. Actually, it might be the most effortless-looking sport in the world, seeing that golfers don't sweat as much as, say, basketball and football players.
SAN FRANCISCO - Colin Kaepernick had to stop getting dressed. He was already in a pair of jeans, a T-shirt and a gray hat representing the San Francisco 49ers. He was looking for his shoes. But that task had to be put on hold, as about dozen members of the media wanted a piece of him.
It's hard to dismiss Hilmar High's 30-27 loss to Beyer High last Friday night as just another game, mostly because of the finish. Beyer, which was down 27-14 entering the fourth quarter, made a furious 16-0 rally that was capped off by Patriots kicker Zachary Bradley, who nailed a 25-yard field goal as time expired.
On Friday night, Kevin Kramer made a special appearance at Joe Debely Stadium.
Despite all the miles and workouts they demanded from their runners during the first week of fall practice, the cross country coaches at Pitman High and Turlock High had a problem. It was, essentially, a good kind of problem to have. They had too many runners.
Before AJ Derr was born, his soon-to-be parents took a trip to the Atwater High football field with his future grandma. At the time, Jon Derr was working at the school as a teacher and football coach, so he had access to the press box. While grandma Sue, and his mother, Mindee, were on the field, his father announced through the loud speakers various arrangements of initials, like DJ, RJ and AJ - ending each one with "Derr."
2010 record: 3-2 CCC, 7-4 overall
HILMAR - Hilmar High quarterback Andrew Olson couldn't have approached one of his most terrifying athletic moments in any other way, going full throttle despite the disappointing circumstances.
2010 record: 4-2 TVL, 6-5 overall
DENAIR - Inside his office, Denair High football coach Therion Gregory was fixing a helmet for one of his players. His office sits right next to the school's football field, so on this day, he has a clear view of his team practicing. At the moment, the Coyotes were stretching.
2010 record: 5-2 SL, 6-5 overall