Hilmar Yellowjackets 2009 record: 16-6 overall, 11-0-4 WAC Head coach: Louie Bettencourt Top returners: Haylee Bettencourt (forward), Riley Fielder (goalkeeper), Monica Pires (defender), Nina Arrigale (defender), Lexie Cico (forward) Top newcomers: Alyssa McFaddin (forward), Morgan McFaddin (midfielder/forward) Outlook: There's no question that the Yellowjackets' main objective is not only reaching the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V championship game for the third time in four years, but also winning it all. Last season's attempt was short, thanks ...
The girls soccer season didn't necessary begin for Turlock High on Feb. 27, when the Bulldogs faced Central Valley High in a nonconference game. No, it started months before that -- going all the way back to fall of last year.
Pitman Pride 2009 record: 3-3 CCC for boys; 6-0 CCC for girls Head coach: Drew Clute (boys, second year), Anne Cornell (girls, seventh year) Assistants: Justin Jones (boys), Doug Jones (girls) Key returners: Ian Roos, Michael Funk and Myles Garton for boys. Brittany Funk, Lexie McCaskill, Stephanie Young, Kyndel Fletcher for girls. Key newcomers: Julien McClellan and Brian Austin for boys. Kamrin Waite for girls. Outlook: The Pride boys have a trio of returners who ...
Turlock Bulldogs 2009 record: 12-0 CCC, 17-2 overall Head coach: Ben Culala (seventh year) Assistant: Jason Boswell Key returners: Paul Smith, Travis Souza, Jeff Chapman Key newcomer: Tyler Gomes Outlook: The Bulldogs lost their first league match in 60 tries earlier this week, but coach Ben Culala says his team will still be a Central California Conference contender. In fact, they have won six consecutive league titles. But Culala expects it to be a little ...
Pitman Pride 2009 record: 12-0 CCC, 22-5 overall Head coach: Jeff Hayes (fifth year) Assistant: Brian Davis Key returners: Michael Davis, Morcos Boutros, Dillon Weddle, Tiki Brown, Alex Leven, Jacob Bolloli, Jason Moitoso Outlook: Coach Jeff Hayes welcomes a lot of new faces but the goals are all the same for the Pride, who reached the finals of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division I postseason with a boatload of talent and experience. There's still some ...
HILMAR - What Hilmar High coach Howard Tremble is doing is what history books are made for: He's building a sports program from the ground up.
Kathleen Rojas was first introduced to golf at age 3, not long after learning how to walk. About a decade and a half later, she's reached an apex. "Personally, I don't think I've played this well before in my life," she said. It could be viewed as a sort of warning for her competitors, especially because it comes from a teenage girl who regularly plays against the opposite sex. Rojas is one of two female ...
Five area wrestlers competed in the CIF State Championships in Bakersfield last weekend and all of them came back to Turlock with plenty of stories to tell. But none returned with the ultimate story.
The Turlock Christian girls basketball team ended their season with a 36-74 loss to St. Joseph Notre Dame of Alameda Tuesday evening, making their exit from the first round of the 2010 California Interscholastic Federation Division V State Championship.
OAKLAND - There were dunks almost on command. There was a 3-point showcase by various shooters. And there was athleticism the Turlock High boys basketball players rarely, if ever, witnessed and competed against back home.
PITMAN PRIDE 2009 record: 16-11 overall, 7-5 CCC Head coach: Mick Tate (8th year) Assistants: Eric Reza, Andy Walker, John Acha, Scott Gehl, Spencer Snodgrass Key returners: Hayden Baldwin (INF/P), Colton Risley (INF), Michael Melendez (OF/P), Kirk Renshaw (OF), Brandon Lewis (INF/OF/P) Key newcomers: AJ Derr (C/INF), Steven Kha (C/INF), Zach Olsen (OF), Clay Cozzitorto (INF), Shea Patterson (OF/P) Outlook: The most troubling thing about this season's Pride is their pitching. There's not much to ...
The 16-under U.S. National Team is showcasing its dominance in the World Youth Baseball Championships in Taichung, Taiwan. It's been convincing win after convincing win.
The Modesto-Stanislaus 18-under water polo players and coaches had a number of things they wanted to achieve this season. For the most part, they were successful.
Imagine if you were told to think and do just one thing, with just a 50-percent chance of making it all worthwhile.
Kevin Kramer had a good-enough showing at the USA Baseball trials to make the cut for the U16 National Team late Friday night.
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 ...
In June, Allison Kuchan graduated from Pitman High without truly knowing if she'd play softball at the college level - a childhood goal. A few weeks earlier, she helped lead the Pride's softball team to its first playoff game in the school's short history.
Now, it's time for some football.