Once the steer is released, Matt Costa and Case Hirdes know they can't make any excuses. High expectations surround them pretty much everywhere they go. But especially when the two teenage cowboys are on their horses and they're trying to tie down a relentless animal.
He dominated batters like no other in the Central California Conference, leading the Turlock High baseball team to one its best seasons in recent history in 2010. No one was able to stop Vince Wheeland judging by his 13-0 record, which was the best reported mark in California.
This is the third part in a series that will run throughout the summer, highlighting the different ways local high school football teams are preparing for the upcoming season.
About an hour before practice was supposed to end, the Pitman High football players were slowly making their way home. Their backpacks were slung over their shoulders, while some of them were holding onto their workout shoes. All of them appeared in good spirits.
This is the first part in a series that will run throughout the summer, highlighting the different ways local high school football teams are preparing for the upcoming season.
Over the years Laura Aronson has competed in a variety sports such as track and basketball, but she kept running back to one particular sport, even when she was told she wasn't always tall enough or good enough.
Before this week, it's likely that the participants in the 25th Annual North/South Rotary All-Star game had not touched a football or wore helmets and pads for months. But they'll have to adjust quickly, especially a number of area players.
Recent Pitman High graduate Ethan Alvares played in the 37th Lions All-Star Football Classic at the University of Pacific's Stagg Memorial Stadium in Stockton on Saturday night in front of hundreds of supporters. Alvares, the South's starting center, was the only local player to participate in the prestigious event, as his team suffered a close 15-14 loss to the North team in the final minutes.
With sweat dripping across his face on a warm Friday morning, Ethan Alvares walked off a makeshift practice football field at Cal State Stanislaus with his helmet in hand. He greeted his grandfather - who appeared to be the only spectator in attendance - before grabbing his stuff and leaving.
A group of area baseball players will be featured in today's inaugural Merced-Stanislaus All-Star Game at Cal State Stanislaus at 3 p.m.
MODESTO - On Saturday, visitors of John Thurman Field purchased programs that read the 2010 Modesto Sunrise Rotary Baseball Classic: 21st Annual High School All-Star Baseball Game. The purpose of the game was to gather all the best high school juniors and seniors from cities such as Turlock, Waterford, Modesto and Denair. Usually, the games aren't meant to be serious.
Not too long ago, Hilmar High's Haylee Bettencourt was content on moving more than 100 miles away from her family and friends to chase her college soccer dreams at UC Davis, a program with a coaching staff that didn't know what she was capable of.
Before his biggest high school sports moment, Pitman High senior Markus Sanders had to get away.
It wasn't his personal best, but it was close.
Later this month, a bunch of local teens from middle school to high school will be confronted with some of the best volleyball talent they've ever seen.
Everything went the Hawks' way in Delhi's league opener against Southern Athletic League rivals Denair High Tuesday, with the end result a 6-1 win.
Turlock tennis head coach Linda Bejaran said the girls were a bit nervous going into their opening league game on Tuesday, but it wasn't apparent as most of her players finished with confidence - and a 7-2 victory over a visiting Atwater team.
Pitman soccer began its Central California Conference play with a 3-2 win over Golden Valley after traveling to Merced to square off against the Cougars.
Turlock High's volleyball team bounced back from last week's straight-set loss to Hilmar High with a straight-set victory of its own in Monday's Central California Conference home opener against Golden Valley High.
The Pride volleyball team continues to roll over their opponents after trouncing the Falcons of Atwater (25-20, 25-10 and 25-19) in Monday's Central California Conference opener.
The Hilmar High Yellowjackets put up quite a fight on their home field Friday, but couldn't hold off the Sonora High offense, which scored the tie-breaking touchdown in the final seconds of an overtime game.
Clovis West High entered Joe Debely Stadium as if it were its home turf Friday night, showcasing a brand of confidence against underdog Turlock High that is typically reserved for champions.
Delhi senior Hayden Steger led the ground game for the Hawks after rushing for 110 yards and scoring two touchdowns in Friday's 41-0 win over Riverbank after controlling the pace from start to finish.
Denair High returns to winner's column
The Pitman Pride water polo teams gave Sonora High School a run for their money during a preseason matchup at Pitman High School's pool Tuesday afternoon with both varsity and junior varsity teams taking the win.
Turlock High's water polo program saw mixed results on Tuesday in the Bulldogs' preseason opener against Modesto High.
Four second half goals from the Delhi High soccer team proved to be enough against Hilmar in Monday's non-league contest as the Hawks trounced the Yellowjackets 4-2.
Hilmar High's golf team hosted its annual Yellowjacket Invitational Monday morning at the Stevinson Ranch Golf Club where the 'Jackets finished 6th in team rankings out of an 11-team field.
For the first time in school history, the Pitman High volleyball team won the Golden Valley tournament. The Pride continued their success on Monday after trouncing Oakdale in straight sets (25-9, 25-14, 25-15).
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