With summer vacation officially upon us it's time for local football players to get back to work and prepare themselves for the fall season. For most players, preparation consists of individual cardio and weight training sessions until the time comes to join their teams for group conditioning. But for a select few players, their moment of preparation will come much sooner and in a different type of team setting thanks to former Hilmar High and University of Oregon quarterback Nate Costa.
Since her amateur debut on July 14, 2012, Sandra Tovar has compiled an 8-3 record while honing her skills inside the boxing ring. Now, nearly three years after her first fight, the Dutcher Middle School 7th grader finds herself on the biggest stage of her career: the USA Boxing Junior Olympic and Prep National Championships, where she is set to compete at 101 pounds in the Intermediate division.
When Sargon Isaac started playing snooker at the age of 14 in England his interest in the game was one of pure recreation. It didn't take long for Isaac's interest to develop into a full-blown passion, however, and by the time he was 18 years old he was playing the game competitively in tournaments and adult leagues. But at age 22, just when he was refining his snooker skills, Isaac accepted a job offer and moved to California, effectively ending his love affair with snooker.
Sergio Hernandez was known in the Southern Athletic League for the past three years as Delhi High's hard-hitting middle linebacker. He was a core component of the 2014 Hawks squad that made the playoffs for only the third time in school history. After Monday, however, Hernandez will also be remembered as the first football player in school history to receive an athletic scholarship with the singing of his letter of intent to play Division III football for Illinois College.
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.
Branson Garcia has spent a lot of time on basketball courts, practically growing up with a ball in his hands since the age of five. The game is a major passion for the Pitman High senior, so much so that it's hard for his family and friends to dissociate Garcia from basketball.
The 48th Annual Outstanding Athlete Awards ceremony was held at the Sportsmen of Stanislaus Club in Modesto on Wednesday, bringing the best student and adult athletes Stanislaus County has to offer together for one night of recognition and fun.
The Sac-Joaquin Section Boys Golf Masters Championships proved to be the final stop of the season for three local golfers who hit the green at the Reserve at Spanos Park on Monday with aspirations for NorCal.
Turlock High tore through the Central California Conference this season and beat the Bulldogs of Folsom High handedly in the second round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I Boys Team Tennis Championships, but on Monday it met its match in Jesuit High.