This is the third part in a series that will run throughout the summer, highlighting the different ways local high school football teams are preparing for the upcoming season.
About an hour before practice was supposed to end, the Pitman High football players were slowly making their way home. Their backpacks were slung over their shoulders, while some of them were holding onto their workout shoes. All of them appeared in good spirits.
This is the first part in a series that will run throughout the summer, highlighting the different ways local high school football teams are preparing for the upcoming season.
Over the years Laura Aronson has competed in a variety sports such as track and basketball, but she kept running back to one particular sport, even when she was told she wasn't always tall enough or good enough.
Before this week, it's likely that the participants in the 25th Annual North/South Rotary All-Star game had not touched a football or wore helmets and pads for months. But they'll have to adjust quickly, especially a number of area players.
Recent Pitman High graduate Ethan Alvares played in the 37th Lions All-Star Football Classic at the University of Pacific's Stagg Memorial Stadium in Stockton on Saturday night in front of hundreds of supporters. Alvares, the South's starting center, was the only local player to participate in the prestigious event, as his team suffered a close 15-14 loss to the North team in the final minutes.
With sweat dripping across his face on a warm Friday morning, Ethan Alvares walked off a makeshift practice football field at Cal State Stanislaus with his helmet in hand. He greeted his grandfather - who appeared to be the only spectator in attendance - before grabbing his stuff and leaving.
A group of area baseball players will be featured in today's inaugural Merced-Stanislaus All-Star Game at Cal State Stanislaus at 3 p.m.
MODESTO - On Saturday, visitors of John Thurman Field purchased programs that read the 2010 Modesto Sunrise Rotary Baseball Classic: 21st Annual High School All-Star Baseball Game. The purpose of the game was to gather all the best high school juniors and seniors from cities such as Turlock, Waterford, Modesto and Denair. Usually, the games aren't meant to be serious.
Not too long ago, Hilmar High's Haylee Bettencourt was content on moving more than 100 miles away from her family and friends to chase her college soccer dreams at UC Davis, a program with a coaching staff that didn't know what she was capable of.
Before his biggest high school sports moment, Pitman High senior Markus Sanders had to get away.
It wasn't his personal best, but it was close.
Later this month, a bunch of local teens from middle school to high school will be confronted with some of the best volleyball talent they've ever seen.
It's safe to say any little boy who dons a baseball uniform wants to turn pro someday.
Turlock coach Mark de la Motte went with freshman Nick Voumard ...
Action at the Denair High basketball tournament resumed on Friday when two local teams in Turlock Christian and Delhi met on the court in the consolation bracket with both teams seeking a win after falling in the first round.
Denair High will be playing for third place in its Denair Holiday Classic today after dropping Friday's game against Millennium High, 52-62. The Coyotes (4-8) hit the court strong against the Falcons (6-0) in the first half, but a third quarter slump that saw Millennium nearly double Denair's offensive output dashed the Coyotes' hopes at a championship run in their home tournament.
The girls of Turlock Christian High (6-4) hosted the much improved Denair Coyotes (4-4) on Friday night in a critical showdown between the two local schools.
In a complete turnaround from last year's disappointing start, the Denair High boys basketball team cruised its way out of the opening round of their home tournament with a convincing 52-29 win over Tioga High on Thursday night.
The Turlock Christian Eagles did not start off the Denair High basketball tournament how they had hoped, but instead fell into the consolation bracket after dropping the first game to Hughson in the opening round on Thursday night, 50-73.
Delhi High's boys basketball team pulled double duty on Thursday. First they put their brains to the test for finals, then they kicked off the Denair Holiday Classic with a game against Linden High.
Denair High nearly upset Ripon High on the wrestling mat Wednesday night, out-pinning the Indians four to six, but 18 points from a trio of forfeits was too much for the Coyotes to overcome. With holes at the 106-pound, 160-pound and Heavyweight weight classes, Denair dropped its first dual meet of the season, 30-41.
The Pride of Pitman came into their second game of the 38th annual Frank Godinez tournament against Laguna Creek - which had to forfeit their first round game due to Thursday's storm -with hopes of turning things around after a crushing first round loss to Beyer High.
Another solid effort from Turlock High on the court has landed the Bulldogs in the finals of the Frank Godinez Boys Basketball Tournament for the third year in a row.
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