Hilmar High's Devon Mederios is the latest local athlete to secure an athletic future at the collegiate level after signing his letter of intent with Sacramento State University's football team. Mederios, who was a key component of the Yellowjackets' 13-1 season in 2013, will join the Hornets' roster as a walk-on at the kicker position.
It was a rematch of rivals on Saturday during the championship game of the 30th annual Atch Pedretti Tournament. Around this time last year, Turlock and Pitman High clashed over the Pedretti championship for the first time in the tournament's history, with the Bulldogs emerging victorious by landslide victory.
Turlock and Pitman High kicked off track season on Friday by going the distance, joining 16 other high schools at Joe Debely Stadium for the Pitman Distance Wars. But while only a handful of each team's track competitors actually saw action on Friday, their respective rosters-sprinters, jumpers, and throwers-were in attendance to cheer their teammates on.
Basketball season is over and wrestling season is winding down. Winter is making way for spring, and you know what that means-baseball is upon us.
Wrestling is arguably the oldest sport in history, but what won't be argued is that it is one of the toughest and most demanding. A one-on-one contest that requires peak physical conditioning and lasting mental fortitude, wrestling is a test of true grit. Young athletes develop dedication for the sport through years of practice, but that's not the only quality that can be cultivated in a wrestling room. Dedication, perseverance, and self-determination-these qualities are also shaped by the sport and often influence more than just the athletic aspect of a person's character.
The California Interscholastic Federation State Wrestling Championships is two days away. After countless hours of practice and months of preparation-and in some cases years-seven local wrestlers are on the cusp of what will be the biggest stage of their wrestling careers. They're State bound.
The Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament, the final stop before every high school wrestler's apex dream-the State Tournament.
Late February and early March is crunch time for high school wrestlers. After months of hard work in wrestling rooms, wrestlers either see their labor rewarded with divisional, sectional, and state success or they see the flame of their season extinguished. It's the defining high stakes nature of a sport that requires a high degree of dedication.
Turlock already has a professional indoor soccer team in the Turlock Express, two collegiate teams that represent California State University, Stanislaus, a pair of high school programs with several championships to their names, and established youth and travel leagues that develop talent on a regular basis. It's safe to say the game of soccer is well represented in the area.
After defeating Stagg High in the Division I Sac-Joaquin Section out-bracket game last week, Turlock High's boys' basketball team knew it would have to play perfectly if they were upset number one seed Jesuit High in Tuesday's first-round playoff game-and for one half of play they did just that.
One step away from State. That's what a select few wrestlers are thinking after Saturday's conclusion of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Tournament at Delhi High.
Delhi High welcomed 26 Division V wrestling teams to its boys gym Friday morning to compete in the first tournament to ever be hosted by the Hawks.
Joseph Bello was the proverbial fist of Hilmar High's vaunted defensive unit this past fall, leading the way for the Yellowjackets from the linebacker position with 138 tackles and a lead-by-example attitude. Bello played with passion and enthusiasm and was a major factor in Hilmar's undefeated Trans-Valley League championship season and its run to the Division IV Sac-Joaquin Section championship game against Central Catholic High.
Turlock High's boys basketball team secured its post-season fate a week ago, earning a spot in the Division I Sac-Joaquin Section playoff bracket as the third team from the Central California Conference. But even with that knowledge, the Bulldogs (6-4 CCC, 18-9 overall) entered Tuesday's cross town rival game and CCC season finale against Pitman High as if a post-season berth depended on it.
Hilmar High hit Saturday's Trans Valley League Tournament by storm as it qualified nine wrestlers-its entire varsity lineup- for the Division V Tournament while two of its wrestlers walked away from the mat as champions in their respective weight classes.
The boys' golf team of Turlock High is one performance away from claiming its 11th straight Central California Conference title after Thursday afternoon's 424-450 defeat of Pitman High.
Turlock High senior Kenny Fraser, the 6'6" leader on the court for Bulldogs basketball this past season, has settled on his destination after graduation. Fraser signed his letter of intent to play for the UC San Diego Tritons Wednesday afternoon where he is expected to receive significant minutes on the court his freshman year.
Turlock High boys' tennis continued its unbeaten streak Tuesday afternoon with a 7-2 defeat of Golden Valley High - number two in the Central California Conference standings-to extend its record to 9-0 in the CCC.
Turlock and Pitman High met for the second time this season Monday night at Joe Debely Stadium, capping the second round of Central California Conference play with another closely contested, cross town matchup.
Delhi High's softball team is riding a two-game win streak in which its girls have not allowed a run, setting up a must win matchup against Waterford High today that is likely to shape the final leg of the race for this season's Southern Athletic League title.
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