SACRAMENTO - Potential. Perspective. Upside. Those words were used as part of a common theme for the local track and field athletes represented at the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Meet on Thursday. A collection of underclassmen from Turlock High and Hilmar High traveled to compete at Hughes Stadium at Sacramento City College in front of hundreds of spectators.
STOCKTON - On Wednesday night, the Turlock High baseball players aimed their eyes skyward and couldn't deny the dark clouds hovering above the Klein Family Field at the University of Pacific.
SACRAMENTO - Right around 4 p.m. Friday, Pitman High senior Markus Sanders had the jitters running all over his body.
With the Turlock High baseball team facing elimination in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I South Tournament, coach Mark de la Motte had a crucial decision to make on who to start on the mound for Wednesday night's contest versus Beyer High. He went with the obvious choice.
Pitman High's Markus Sanders is built like a boulder. His 6-foot-2, 220-pound frame was a big reason why he dominated as a running back during the football season, highlighted by the fact that he earned the Central California Conference's best offensive player award.
DIABLO GRANDE - Before the first tee of the Northern California Championship at Diablo Grande Golf Course on Monday, Turlock High junior Paul Smith already had made up his mind.
Qualifying for the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Meet is nothing new for the Pitman High track and field team.
STOCKTON - On his second pitch of the game, Turlock High ace Vince Wheeland was reminded that opposing batters aren't afraid of someone with an undefeated record and a baseball scholarship to Oklahoma State. Lincoln High's Tyler Sullivan was the first to prove this in Monday's only consolation game of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I South Tournament, as he smacked the ball above Wheeland's reach, which sparked a two-run rally at the top of the first inning.
Just like any other high school sports team in America, the Turlock High track and field athletes and coaches meet up at the end of the season to announce team awards. This year, it was different for the Bulldogs.
STOCKTON - Of course there were things the Turlock High baseball team could've done differently. Maybe the players could have been more patient at the plate or, perhaps, if they had an out that was issued against them go the other way.
LODI - Just as the lights came on over the north diamond field at the Lodi Softball Complex, the sun began to set on the Turlock Christian High softball team's season.
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.
Things are finally shaping up for Denair High boys basketball coach RJ Henderson, with the help of assistant head coach Garett Elliott and the commitment from this year's team.
With football being such a rich and successful tradition at Hilmar High, it seems like the basketball program takes the back seat - especially after coming away with only one winning season since 2007.
Pitman High volleyball has been synonymous with dominance in 2014. The Pride steamrolled nearly every opponent they faced this season with its combination of size, power and speed. And when a team rose to the occasion to provide Pitman with a challenge, its girls seemed to persevere through sheer force of will.
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