Case Hirdes' veins pump rodeo blood. The Turlock teenager has been enthralled with the sport and the lifestyle since as long as he can remember; following the dusty boot prints of his grandfather Les, father Ed and brother Blake. While his high school peers focused on sports like baseball and football, Hirdes soaked up all things rodeo as he competed in both amateur and high school competitions.
Four years ago, Cerah Moren attended the USA Youth Outdoor Championships with a broken arm and, understandably, left the competition with less than stellar results. Since then, the young Turlocker healed, continued with her track and field training, and picked up new skills and abilities that many girls her age do not have.
Turlock High's Isaac Bertalotto was on the national stage once again last week when he joined the California USA Wrestling team in Florida for the USA Wrestling Cadet National Duals Tournament. With his help in the 145 pound division, the California team earned 7th place in the Freestyle competition and finished as consolation champions in Greco-Roman. It was Bertalotto's first national team experience.
Austin Bush's junior baseball season was one he will likely never forget. With his gloved hand on first base and with both hands gripping the bat from the plate, Bush helped his Turlock High team win an undefeated league title, set a 26 consecutive win streak record, and compete for a Division I SJS championship.
Turlock and Pitman High will each have one representative in tonight's 40th annual Lions All-Star Football Game at Modesto Junior College. Da'Shawn Holcombe and Diego Camorlinga will sport Bulldog and Pride helmets, respectively, alongside former competitors and strangers as part of the 2013 South squad.
The 24th annual Modesto Sunrise Rotary Baseball Classic will be held at John Thurman Field in Modesto this Saturday as West meets East in a clash of the very best junior and senior players the area has to offer.
Four local athletes placed in the top six of their respective events at the Sac-Joaquin Section Track and Field Division I Masters at Elk Grove on Friday. No Pitman or Turlock athletes will move on to State, however.
Many could argue that 2013 was Turlock High's most successful baseball season to date. The Bulldogs won both the Atch Pedretti and Dick Windemuth tournament titles, stormed the Central California Conference championship with an undefeated league campaign, and set a new Turlock record with a 26 game consecutive win streak.