Pitman High had a fairly successful season last year, finishing third in the Central California Conference with a 6-5-4 record and advancing to the quarterfinals of the Sac Joaquin Section Division I Boys Soccer Playoffs.
Around this time last year, Brady House was gearing up for his third year of Pop Warner football with the Hughson Huskies while preparing for his national debut at the Offense-Defense Youth All-American Bowl in Florida.
Hurdles were always Mallory Patino's forte. Before graduating from Turlock High in 2013, Patino earned a name for herself on the track with three consecutive Central California Conference titles in the 300m hurdles.
Last year, Mariya Fefilova joined California State University, Monterey Bay as an outside back for the women's soccer team and encountered familiar circumstances for any freshman collegiate athlete. A 2014 Turlock High graduate who led her Bulldogs to three Central California Conference championships, Fefilova was a proverbial soccer star in high school who never had to worry about starting a game or how many minutes she would play.
The Turlock American All Stars barreled into the 11 year-old State Tournament on Sunday carrying major heat, defeating all opponents who stood in their way in the District and Section tournaments by a combined run total of 33-3.
Cindy Kelley entered the world of CrossFit competition two years ago at the age of 49, taking what was essentially a healthy hobby and turning it into a goal-driven source of motivation. She finished eighth at her first Reebok CrossFit Games and second last year, but in the 2015 games, as part of the Women's 50-54 Division, Kelley trumped her past performances with an overall first place finish.
Ralph Gonzales has been long distance running for roughly 20 years, covering ground at marathons in Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, New York and more. He's see the country through runner's eyes, but on July 9 his passion turned international when he embarked on what many consider to be the biggest challenge for a runner - the Inca Trail Marathon in Peru.
Disappointment comes in many forms, but for Brandon Bettencourt it came in the form of a dislocated shoulder a little over three years ago. In the genesis of his amateur MMA career, Bettencourt found himself on the losing end of his first sanctioned fight against Mike Ruiz due to injury default when he threw out his shoulder in the opening seconds of round one.