Last season should have been Kevin Kramer's third with the UCLA baseball team. The Turlock native and former Turlock Bulldog was supposed to be the Bruins' third baseman and one of their more consistent hitters. Instead, Kramer was forced to redshirt his junior year as he underwent shoulder surgery and had to watch as his team experienced a losing season with an overall record of 25-30-1 and a Pac-12 record of 12-18.
All Turlock High had to do to beat Atwater High on Thursday was show up to the Turlock Golf and Country Club with a complete team. With only four golfers, the Falcons were forced to forfeit to the Bulldogs in the third Central California Conference match of the season.
It's not unheard of for a team to play with a person down due to injury, illness or other unforeseen circumstances. Playing with two holes in your starting lineup, however, is rare and hard to recover from, especially when the missing players fill important positions like third base and catcher.
Pitman High thoroughly beat Merced High on the baseball diamond Monday afternoon in the Pride's second Central California Conference game of the season. Four days removed from beating Golden Valley High 8-0, Pitman again pitched a shutout as they handed Merced its third consecutive loss by a score of 10-0.
The Journal tracked down Turlock High graduate and former Bulldog basketball standout Travis Souza fresh off his final game for the University of California, Irvine, where he made school history. Here's what Souza had to say:
Denair High came close to earning its first win of the season this week in a two-game showdown with Le Grand High on Wednesday and Friday, but late-inning slumps in both games instead led to a pair of defeats and extended the Coyote's record to 0-8.
It was a reversal of roles for Pitman High tennis when its boys hosted Atwater High on Thursday. Two days after losing to Golden Valley High 4-5, the Pride pulled off a one-match win of their own, 5-4, against the Falcons to bring their record in the Central California Conference to 1-1.
The 2015 tennis season is shaping up to be a highly competitive one for Southern Athletic League teams, with Ripon Christian, Delhi and Denair High leading the pack. The Knights, as they did last season and in seasons past, sit atop the league standings while the Hawks sit with one loss and the Coyotes sit with two.
Just one day after placing fourth alongside Escalon High in the team standings of the 2015 Yellowjacket Invitational, Hilmar High suffered its first Trans Valley League loss at the hands of Ripon High on Tuesday. Despite beating Ripon by nearly 30 strokes on Monday, the 'Jackets found themselves on the losing end of a two-stroke game against the Indians, 237-235.
The start to the Central California Conference swimming season was a success for both the girls and boys of Turlock High and Pitman High. With respective swim meets against Golden Valley High and Atwater High, the Bulldogs and Pride took the first step towards improving on last year efforts with convincing wins.
The girls' basketball season is officially over for Turlock Christian High after Wednesday's 42-62 loss to Ferndale High in the first round of the CIF NorCal Division VI Girls Basketball Championships.
High-class wrestlers are often separated by the slimmest of margins - a point, a move, a mistake. This is especially true at the CIF State Wrestling Championships where the best wrestlers California has to offer come together to decide who's number one.
Small-school track teams made it happen at this year's Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV/V Championships, specifically Hilmar and Delhi High who exited the final day of the two-day competition at California State University, Stanislaus on Thursday with a combined five qualifiers for next week's SJS Masters Championships.
Turlock Christian High found success on the track in its inaugural year in the Central California Athletic Association with its girls' team winning the league championship and its boys' team finishing second overall.
Hilmar High walked out of the Trans Valley League track season and into the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV/V Championship Trials with four TVL champions - Dani Olson, Hudson Harris, Kenzye Spears and Angelique Souza.
Since claiming the Southern Athletic League championship in 2012 for the first time in program history, Delhi High's boys track team has struggled to add another league title year to its banner. The Hawks have been in the running the past two years, but ultimately fell just short, and it seemed that would again be the case in 2015.