When a teammate reached from behind and pulled him down by his shoulders, Ricky Fuentes knew something bad was about to transpire. This was during last season's Blue and Gold intra-squad game that the Turlock High football team puts on before the first official game.
Holding a football in one hand, Anthony Harding recently watched some of the younger running backs of the Pitman High football program go through a footwork drill. He watched them intently, seeing things that the casual observer wouldn't notice.
· East Union at Turlock, 3:30 p.m.
There's no denying that the Turlock High girls tennis players are going to be favored to win every time they step onto a court, especially when it comes to Central California Conference play.
For local cross country runners this season, there's going to be more pressure to be healthy on the day of a meet.
Entering the 2010 season, Pitman High volleyball player Maci Murdock will have another accolade to boast on top of all the other honors and awards she has accumulated during her teenage years.
In the Sac-Joaquin Section record books, small-school Hilmar High has made quite a mark when it comes to boys soccer.
2009 record: 0-6 Central California Conference, 0-10 overall
2009 record: 4-2 Central California Conference, 6-5 overall
2009 record: 2-3 Southern League, 6-4 overall
2009 record: 3-2 Southern League, 5-6 overall
2009 record: 3-2 Western Athletic Conference, 8-3 overall
While most of the class of 2011 was enjoying their summer break, Dylan Souza was hitting the gym. The varsity running back spent his off season preparing for his last, and what he hopes will be his best, year of Denair Coyotes football. Souza knows what he wants from his team this season.
Zack Giuliano remembers the atmosphere at the University of Pacific in Stockton in early December 2008, when the Hilmar High football team was overwhelming Central Catholic High - which boasted players that were normally larger and stronger than most high school teams - in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Championship game.
One of the most important things Pitman High football coach Brandon Harris and his assistants do before the first game isn't picking out who the quarterback and running backs will be. Those positions will eventually fall into place.
Turlock High has dusted off its wrestling gear and is back on the mat for the 2014 winter season. After finishing third in the Central California Conference last year and graduating two state qualifiers, the Bulldogs return with a handful of experienced wrestlers and a crop of fresh faces as they aim to take league and return to state once again.
The sport of water polo has thrived in Turlock and the rest of the Central Valley since its introduction roughly 40 years ago by the late Steve Feaver.
The Pitman High varsity wrestling team is coming off the most successful season in school history after winning its first Central California Conference title in 2013-14 and posting a 12-1 overall record.
Trans Valley League
Coming off a devastating defeat to Sonora High in the CIF Division-IV Sac-Joaquin Section Championship, Hilmar High's volleyball team was hoping to bounce back in the CIF Northern California State Tournament but things ended quickly for the Yellowjackets who lost in straight sets, 0-3.
Four days after winning the CIF Division I Sac-Joaquin Section championship in one of its hardest matches of the season, Pitman High played Oakland Tech High in what could be argued was its easiest match.
The Turlock Christian High volleyball team is moving on to the Northern California State Tournament semifinal after defeating Fall River in the opening round of the CIF Division-VI Nor Cal State Tournament, 3-1, on Tuesday.
Pitman High volleyball etched a place for itself in Sac-Joaquin Section history Friday night with its first ever Division I championship victory.
The Hilmar High volleyball team went into Friday's Section championship game against Sonora looking for a very different outcome than last year's matchup. The Yellowjackets left the UC Davis court disappointed, however, because for the second straight year Sonora outplayed Hilmar to take the banner.
Winning a Section title isn't easy, but the Turlock Christian High volleyball team makes it seem so, especially after taking home three consecutive banners.
Pitman High is headed to the CIF Division I Sac-Joaquin Section championship match for the first time ever after Tuesday's 3-1 (19-25, 25-14, 25-13 and 25-20) victory over St. Francis High of Sacramento.
Maybe the second time is the charm.
The list of Turlock High athletes moving on to the collegiate level continues to grow.
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