Imagine the pressure each of the players who sported a Turlock High girls soccer uniform felt on a damp Turlock Sports Complex field on Wednesday afternoon, as the Bulldogs faced their most dangerous threat of the season in Merced High, and with what many considered the Central California Conference title on the line.
There's an old saying in baseball and Del Oro High coach Bret Lachemann may have hit it right on the head.
HILMAR - "Mantê-lo no quadro."
When Steve Hammell wanted to pick up golf, his father wasn't quick to hand him gloves, a club and a golf ball. The inspiring golfer had to learn the rules of the game first, and that led to actual playing on the course and golf etiquette.
The Pitman High girls track and field team pulled off a stunner on Friday, winning the Stanislaus County Meet at Modesto Junior College over Oakdale High with several top two finishes.
On Monday, the Turlock High girls soccer team was without an integral member of the program in the past decade.
Late Friday Swimming CCC • Merced boys 128, Turlock 56 • Merced girls 128, Turlock 55 Monday Boys golf Nonconference • Hilmar 234, Le Grand forfeit Girls soccer CCC • Turlock 3, Golden Valley 1 • Pitman 9, Los Banos 0
By definition, a pitchers' duel is a low-scoring affair with the starting pitchers on both sides allowing no more than a run or two. The term was in full display at the Turlock High softball field, where crosstown rivals Pitman and Turlock met for the first time this season. If it weren't for some clever base-running and key hits by the Bulldogs, Thursday afternoon's showdown might still be taking place right now.
Fueled by a strong outing from pitcher Trevor Starn and timely hitting late in the game, the Turlock Christian High baseball team came away with a 5-2 victory over the Denair High Coyotes at Pedretti Park on Thursday afternoon.
Late Tuesday Baseball Southern League • TC 6, Waterford 4 WAC • Livingston 4, Hilmar 1 Boys golf WAC • Hilmar 231, Patterson 333 Southern League • Turlock Christian 199, Le Grand 345 Boys tennis CCC • Pitman 9, Atwater 0 • Turlock 7, Merced 2 Girls soccer WAC • Hilmar 13, Gustine 0 Wednesday Baseball CCC • Golden Valley 4, Turlock 3 • Merced 5, Pitman 4 Boys golf Southern League • Turlock Christian ...
Fourteen words, 10 seconds, one breath. That was all coach Mick Tate could offer after he witnessed perhaps the most impossible sequence of events in his three decades of coaching. He didn't have many words to say after his Pitman High baseball team blew a five-run advantage heading into the final inning against Merced High on Friday afternoon before allowing eight runs on three hits and three errors to lose 13-10 in the Central California ...
WATERFORD - Don't make Robbie Smallwood angry. If you do, you're bound to see the Turlock Christian High senior baseball player do some incredible things.
When it was all over, there weren't too many happy faces along the sideline of the Pitman High girls soccer team. Nor were there sad faces. Players changed their shoes and packed up their stuff after a hard-fought day at the Turlock Sports Complex against one of the top teams in the Central California Conference.
MODESTO - By the time the extra inning rolled around, Turlock High ace Vince Wheeland was nowhere near tired. Yeah, his face was sweaty after throwing more than 100 pitches at that point, all while chasing his second no-hitter of the season.
On Friday night, Kevin Kramer made a special appearance at Joe Debely Stadium. Like last year, he wore No.7. Like last year, he ran the ball with aggressiveness - and even finished with two rushing touchdowns. Like last year, he threw the ball quite well. Like last year, he led his Bulldogs to a season-opening win over Downey High - this time, it was a 12-7 triumph in front of ...
The Pitman Pride football team kicked off the 2011 season with a comeback win Friday night, defeating the Modesto High Panthers 33-20. The Pride trailed the Panthers 20-6 in the second quarter, but tied the game 20-20 by halftime. Pitman took the lead on a 76 yard touchdown run by halfback Andres Mendez. Also putting in a good performance for the Pride was fullback Kody Brackett, who rushed nine times for 134 yards ...
Despite all the miles and workouts they demanded from their runners during the first week of fall practice, the cross country coaches at Pitman High and Turlock High had a problem. It was, essentially, a good kind of problem to have. They had too many runners. So the coaches were forced to make cuts, just to be able to keep track of everyone. First, they made the workouts hard enough so the runners ...
Before AJ Derr was born, his soon-to-be parents took a trip to the Atwater High football field with his future grandma. At the time, Jon Derr was working at the school as a teacher and football coach, so he had access to the press box. While grandma Sue, and his mother, Mindee, were on the field, his father announced through the loud speakers various arrangements of initials, like DJ, RJ ...
2010 record: 3-2 CCC, 7-4 overall
HILMAR - Hilmar High quarterback Andrew Olson couldn't have approached one of his most terrifying athletic moments in any other way, going full throttle despite the disappointing circumstances.
2010 record: 4-2 TVL, 6-5 overall
DENAIR - Inside his office, Denair High football coach Therion Gregory was fixing a helmet for one of his players. His office sits right next to the school's football field, so on this day, he has a clear view of his team practicing. At the moment, the Coyotes were stretching.
2010 record: 5-2 SL, 6-5 overall
Turlock Christian High football coach Rusty Lyon called over a couple members of his coaching staff. He wanted to ask them about a certain detail of one of last season's infamous injuries.
2010 record: 1-6 SL, 2-8 overall
As a group of parents and other supporters of the Turlock Youth Football League watched nearby, a Turlock High offensive lineman was on the verge of puking. He was down on one knee, his hand to his stomach.
2010 record: 3-2 CCC, 8-3 overall
The other day, Steve Feaver walked to his car after practice. Right before he stepped inside, he spotted a familiar face. It was one of Turlock High's campus maintenance employees, who made small talk with the Bulldogs boys' water polo coach.
This week signifies the beginning of the fall sports season. Athletes from Pitman High, Turlock High, Turlock Christian, Denair High and Hilmar High all worked out underneath the sun for the past two days, and they will continue on for the next few weeks. The first official game in any sport won't start until Aug. 26, so for now, footballers, tennis players, cross country runners, water polo athletes, golfers and ...