Zach Olsen is the type of high school kid who seems to have a smile painted on his face at all times. He's also the type that will ask a stranger how he's doing - and genuinely want to know the person's well being. But the Pitman High boys basketball player will admit that he wasn't in the most ideal situation last season.
After fans get situated in their seats at the Calvary Baptist Gym for the Turlock Christian boys basketball opener on Tuesday, they might just see something that they haven't seen much of before. That's height.
The Pitman High volleyball team collected a few firsts this season, with the most important one arguably being the school's first-ever playoff win on Nov. 9 over Monterey Trail in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I Tournament. Everything else seems to be, simply, icing on the cake.
Last summer, Anthony Hubbard was tested daily. He'd go to the weight room with a teammate or two knowing that one of the exercises they'd do was the bench press. Universally, this workout is considered a sort of measuring stick of masculinity for most men.
For some, there might not be anything sweeter than the squeaking sound a shoe makes on a well-polished basketball court. Hearing that during this time of the year means one thing: Basketball season is here.
Turlock Christian senior golfer Kathleen Rojas is not too bashful to admit that she thrives under the pressure. It doesn't matter the circumstance. Even if it's the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament, which is the biggest collection of high school girls golfers from Sacramento to Merced, she welcomes the weight of it all.
The great thing about falls sports was that it gave fans enough opportunities to watch and admire local athletes. And this season, they gained a lot of memories.
After the final whistle blew, several members of the Turlock High football team were searching for a special object.
A year ago, the Turlock Christian volleyball team suffered one of the more painful endings to a playoff campaign in school history."It's a heartbreaker that will probably stay with all of us for many years to come," Eagles coach Keith Landmeier said at the time.This memory hasn't left the minds of Landmeier and his current players, with some of them rearranging their faces in agony whenever that fateful finish is mentioned. Here's a recap: In a quarterfinal match of the 2009 Division V Tournament, all the Eagles needed was a single point to eclipse Woodland ...
Turlock Christian (1-6 SL, 2-8) led late against the Delhi Hawks (1-6 SL, 2-8), but saw their lead slip away as the Eagles lost their final game of the season 28-15.
HILMAR - As painful as it might be for the Hilmar High boys soccer players to admit, a big reason why the Yellowjackets are heading into the postseason with a league crown and a six-game winning streak is because of one singular moment.
With a no-tomorrow attitude, the Turlock High boys soccer players knew these kinds of opportunities don't come too often for them. On Tuesday night, the Bulldogs were in the middle of their first postseason game in seven years when reality struck: They needed to score. Evident by the many shots that banged off the crossbar, the Bulldogs were doing their job.
After their most upsetting loss of the season, the Turlock High football players and coaches entered this week as if nothing happened. No one was walking around practice with his head down. No one looked particularly weak, so much so that he couldn't lift his helmet over his head. Perhaps most important, no one mentioned that gigantic elephant in the room unless someone not in a Turlock football uniform asked about it.
STOCKTON - For the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament, the Turlock High girls golfers just wanted to improve from their previous performances. By coach Mary Krupka's account of that day's event, aided by damp conditions affecting the golfers' play, it wasn't going to be too difficult this time.
After three years of getting dominated by Merced (10-2), the Pitman High (9-3) varsity softball team finally made history on Friday afternoon, topping the Bears at home, 3-2, and snapping an eight game losing streak that dated back to the 2012 season.
The Turlock Christian varsity softball team has now boasted back-to-back league wins after beating Stone Ridge Christian on Friday, 16-5.
The Turlock High (8-2) varsity baseball team has quietly yet steadily been creeping and stalling just behind or barely ahead of Pitman High for the top spot in the Central California Conference for most the year.
Friday marked the third time this season that both Delhi and Denair High met for one final showdown on the tennis courts as the battle for second place in the Southern Athletic League continued heading into the final two matches.
League championships for boys golf will be held on Monday for schools across the area. These tournaments are typically a place for teams to put in one final, solid performance in the hopes of qualifying for Divisionals as a team, but for Turlock and Hilmar High, its respective tournaments will instead be a formality as its boys have a ticket to Divisionals all but in the bag.
Alyssa Stockton has experienced her fair share of success during her 11 years in a softball uniform, but her biggest achievement was undoubtedly reached on Friday when she signed her letter of intent for California State University, Bakersfield where she will become one of the Roadrunners' pitchers.
The battle for first place in the Central California Conference varsity girls soccer standings is heating up.
Pitman High currently has 11 student-athletes competing at the collegiate level for track and field and after Tuesday, the list of Pride athletes participating in this sport grew with the addition of four more standouts.
Pitman and Turlock High met in the pool for a classic crosstown Central California Conference showdown on Friday, with the Pride starting strong and ending the day with wins for both the boys (109-60) and girls (106-64) teams.
With only five games left in the Central California Conference season, Pitman High softball is on a mission to dethrone two-time defending CCC champs Merced High. The Pride continued their hunt for the Bears' first place position on Friday with a 10-1 home win against rival Turlock High, extending their league record to 9-6 and closing Merced's lead by only two games.
The Pitman High Pride varsity baseball team is now 6-1 in the Central California Conference after beating Atwater, 2-1, on Friday afternoon thanks to Josh Hernandez's 6 and 2/3 innings pitched as he gave up only one run on four hits and walked two.
There is no stopping the Turlock High (7-0) Bulldogs varsity baseball team right now.
Hilmar High ace starting pitcher Jacob Ahid struck out 13 and allowed only one earned run in Friday's tournament finale against Mariposa and the Yellowjackets lost in a tight 0-1 decision, snapping a three game winning streak.
Pitman High's softball team is currently competing in the Northern California Classic Tournament in Tracy, and as of Friday, the Pride are a perfect 2-0 after sweeping through Santa Teresa and Los Banos in their opening games.
Turlock High softball started this season's Central California Conference campaign o the right foot, winning three of its first five league games after winning a total of only two league games last season. After back-to-back one-run wins against Merced and Buhach Colony High the Bulldogs hit a snag, however, as they skid into spring break with a pair of losses to Atwater and Golden Valley High.