The other day, Steve Feaver walked to his car after practice. Right before he stepped inside, he spotted a familiar face. It was one of Turlock High's campus maintenance employees, who made small talk with the Bulldogs boys' water polo coach.
This week signifies the beginning of the fall sports season. Athletes from Pitman High, Turlock High, Turlock Christian, Denair High and Hilmar High all worked out underneath the sun for the past two days, and they will continue on for the next few weeks. The first official game in any sport won't start until Aug. 26, so for now, footballers, tennis players, cross country runners, water polo athletes, golfers and volleyball players all are working hard to prepare for the upcoming season.
In June, Allison Kuchan graduated from Pitman High without truly knowing if she'd play softball at the college level - a childhood goal. A few weeks earlier, she helped lead the Pride's softball team to its first playoff game in the school's short history.
On July 7, a group of Hilmar High students woke up with football on their minds. That's what happens when you're a Yellowjacket. They were in the middle of summer workouts, a very crucial element in preparing for the fall season. Their main focus were strengths and conditionings, with much of the responsibility sitting on the shoulders of assistant coach Franky Silveira.
Like most places in the Central Valley last week, Turlock was hit with a relentless heat wave with the temperatures reaching triple digits. Luckily for the Pitman High football team, the Pride had the week off.
Local golfers Kathleen Rojas and Ester Rojas will continue to compete in this weekend's Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, an event that allows the two Turlock Christian High products an opportunity to play alongside professionals.
July 08, 2011|
|High School Sports
MODESTO - On Saturday, John Thurman Field, home of the Modesto Nuts, was covered with Turlock baseball products. Occasionally, the field and dugout had Turlock influences. And the stands, especially during the large-school game, were packed with Turlock supporters.
It's no secret that many of the Pitman High and Turlock High athletes are friends, despite their crosstown rivalry. Some of them played on the same youth sports teams or grew up in the same neighborhoods.
With Turlock High and Pitman High players overtaking the large-school roster in today's other half of the 22nd Stanislaus County All-Star Baseball Classic at John Thurman Field in Modesto, schools like Denair High and Turlock Christian High are also making an imprint in the small-school game.