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.
Fifteen baseball players from the Turlock area will participate in Saturday's Modesto Sunrise Rotary Classic at John Thurman Field in Modesto. Pitman High and Turlock High each have five players in the large-school game at 7:05 p.m., while Denair High and Turlock Christian combine for five players for the small-school game at 3:05 p.m.
STOCKTON - The James Peterson-coached South team looked ripe for a comeback against the North in the 38th annual Central California Lions All-Star Football Game on Saturday night at the University of Pacific's Stagg Memorial Stadium. Three straight turnovers, including a late-game interception, spelled down for Peterson, the Turlock High coach, and his all-stars in a 21-6 loss.
In 2010, the Hilmar High football team's preseason looked like a prank of some sort, considering the amount of upper-division schools built into a small-school schedule - perhaps made for disaster. Beyer High, Ceres High, Enochs High and Buhach Colony High all made Hilmar's warm-up games before the regular season the toughest in school history.
Former Hilmar High defensive lineman/linebacker Trent Goiburn has been recently added to the lineup for the 38th annual Central California Lions All-Star Football Game on June 18 in Stockton, as he will be a part of the South team that is coached by Turlock High's James Peterson.
Soon after his high school baseball career was over, Turlock High senior shortstop Kevin Kramer was asked about his summer. He noted a few activities: competing for a summer baseball league in Modesto, visiting the lake with friends and playing some golf.
It's not fair, but it has to be done. Every sports year produces tons of unforgettable moments, especially in the Turlock area. Hundreds of athletes from the two public schools in Turlock (Pitman High and Turlock High), the one private school (Turlock Christian High) and the two just-outside-of-Turlock schools (Denair High and Hilmar High) sweated it out. They won games and championships and churned out league MVPs.
STOCKTON - Compared to the type of season the Turlock High baseball team created this year, the ending was anticlimactic. St. Mary's High runner Vince Borrego came across home plate after a wild pitch to put into effect the 10-run mercy rule. A couple of his teammates hopped over the fence of the dugout to celebrate the program's third consecutive Sac-Joaquin Section Division I South championship.