The 10-year-old American All-Stars picked up where they left off in the first round of the California Division II All-Star Tournament, stringing together hits and playing solid defense for a 12-1 win over the Eel River All-Stars.
The 11-year-old Turlock American All-Stars had a great 2012 season, earning District 73 and Section 6 Championships, but their run was cut short on Tuesday in the California Division II All-Star Tournament. After falling to River Park 15-1 on July 21, the American All-Stars were eliminated by Vacaville Central by a score of 8-1.
The Modesto Babe Ruth baseball travel team has earned state and regional championships in 2012 but their thirst for victory has yet to be quenched. Less than a week after defeating Watsonville in the Pacific Southwest Regional Championship, the Modesto All-Stars were at John Thurman field, being honored by the mayor of Modesto, several congressmen, the Modesto Nuts, and their fans for advancing to the 2012 World Series in Texas.
The Turlock National All-Stars came up short for the second time on Tuesday, losing a close 4-3 game against the Lakeside All-Stars in the 12-year-old Northern California Divisional All-Star Tournament. Turlock bounced back with a competitive six innings against Lakeside after a crushing 17-0 defeat to the Petaluma All-Stars in the first round of the tournament.
The Stanislaus County Fair asked visitors to "imagine the fun" this year but many opted to experience the fun instead, and nowhere was that more evident than in the Food Maxx Arena. During the fair's 10-day run spectators witnessed two destruction derbies, monster trucks, freestyle motocross and flat track events - but the concluding night of motor sports was arguably the most fun.
After helping lead Pitman High to its first Central California Conference softball championship, Allison Kuchan is on her way to Missouri Valley College where she plans to continue her success on the field. Kuchan inked her letter of intent with the Vikings on Tuesday, becoming one of the many Pride athletes to commit to collegiate programs this year.
After six days of motorsports, the Food Maxx Arena facilitated a different kind of horsepower on Thursday - the authentic kind. The annual California Cowboys Professional Rodeo Association rolled into the Stanislaus County Fair to the delight of a packed grandstand, welcoming local and not so local competitors to chase nearly $5 million in prizes.
For the first time since 1975, the Turlock Sea Dogs can call themselves champions. After a season of success in the water the Turlock team finished strong at the Mid Valley Swim League Championships at Ripon High on July 14, taking the first place position with a total of 1,090 points.
Turlock High's Rafael Hererra, Isaac Bertalotto, and Albino Orozco experienced mixed results at the USA Wrestling National Tournaments in Fargo, ND this week. All three competed in the Cadet Freestyle Tournament, but Bertalotto and Hererra also competed in the Cadet Greco Tournament. The Bulldog grapplers made their way to the national level after a rigorous summer schedule and generous donations from the community.
The stakes were high during Wednesday's Section 6 All-Star Championship game between Turlock American and Delta. Both teams ran onto Julien Field determined to end the day with a trophy and banner in their hands, but only one could prevail.
The Turlock American All-Stars started and ended their Section 6 Championship run with close games against the Manteca All-Stars of District 67. Turlock American squeaked by Manteca on July 14, earning a 17-16 win in the ninth inning, and won a war of attrition on Tuesday, claiming their second tournament championship by a score of 6-4.
Tuesday marked the second time in three days that the Turlock National All-Stars and the Hoover Tyler All-Stars met face to face on a baseball diamond. After falling to Turlock in the semi-finals of the Section 6 All-Star Tournament, 4-3, Hoover Tyler battled through the losers' bracket and found themselves in the championship game. The two teams once again engaged in close competition - but in the end Turlock claimed the District 6 crown with another one-run win. The final score was 7-6.
The Turlock American All-Stars came up a run short against the Salida All-Stars in Tuesday's Section 6 Championship game, losing 12-11 in the seventh inning.
After steam rolling East Sacramento on Saturday, 11-1, and defeating San Gabriel Valley on Sunday, 3-1, the Modesto Babe Ruth baseball team edged out Watsonville in the Pacific Southwest Regional Championship game, 5-4.
The sun was out but the heat wasn't a factor at the Stanislaus County Fair on Sunday. To compensate, people from across the Valley and beyond piled into the Food Maxx Arena for high octane entertainment at the Truck and Tractor Pulls.
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.
Playoffs, St. Mary's High and heart break. It's a familiar formula for Turlock High baseball.
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.
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