For those familiar with Denair High baseball, it wasn't a huge surprise to hear that the school's baseball field will be named after longtime baseball coach Ron Cornell. He retired last season after 38 years of coaching the Coyotes.
Even with a bad knee, Beau Warda was able to lead the Turlock Christian boys golf team to another league championship on Tuesday.
It appeared, for a minute, that Robbie Smallwood would need to come out of Thursday's game early after being thrown out trying to scurry back to first base on a line-drive caught by Waterford right-fielder Moises Real. Smallwood dove back hard into first base for the second time in the second inning and proceeded to get up very slowly. It appeared that Turlock Christian coach Jon Valenti had an important decision to make on whether to let Smallwood head back out to the mound the next inning.
Suddenly, the flock of Pitman and Turlock high boys tennis players hustled their way to the court where Monday's most exciting match was taking place. No, it wasn't the showdown between No. 1s Scott Gray of Turlock and Michael Davis of Pitman. That one was settled minutes ago, with Davis escaping with an important win.
Sierrah Miller was nervous, enough to bounce negative thoughts in her head about how good she really was on the volleyball court. The Pitman High freshman was given the opportunity to play at the highest youth level via her club team, the Ripon Rage.
Pitman High's Ian Roos and Turlock High's Chris Callahan have been picked to be part of a traveling team that will be heading to Southern California toward the end of June to participate in the selection process for USA Water Polo's Junior National Team. The two have been training with the USA Olympic Development Training Team under Drew Clute, also the Pitman High coach.
During most of Friday afternoon, the Pitman High boys swimmers had a reminder they couldn't ignore. The message was written on the window of the coaches' office and it read: 0-11.
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.
Turlock and Pitman High will meet on the baseball field in a game to watch, before league play even starts after both squads notched back-to-back wins in this year's Pedretti Tournament earning a spot in the championship round.
Turlock's Albino Orozco (170 pounds) is the last man standing for area wrestlers in the CIF State Wrestling Championships at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield.
The Central California Conference is known to be one of the most competitive leagues in the valley in nearly every sport-including softball.
Turlock and Pitman High kicked off track season on Friday by going the distance, joining 16 other high schools at Joe Debely Stadium for the Pitman Distance Wars. But while only a handful of each team's track competitors actually saw action on Friday, their respective rosters-sprinters, jumpers, and throwers-were in attendance to cheer their teammates on.
With preseason currently in play, the Southern Athletic League and Trans Valley League girls soccer teams prepare for another fresh season.
The California Interscholastic Federation State Wrestling Championships is two days away. After countless hours of practice and months of preparation-and in some cases years-seven local wrestlers are on the cusp of what will be the biggest stage of their wrestling careers. They're State bound.
The Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament, the final stop before every high school wrestler's apex dream-the State Tournament.
The Pitman High soccer tournament was supposed to be a launching point for the 2014 season, unfortunately, Mother Nature forced the tourney to get cancelled and sent most of the 36 scheduled teams back home.
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