Soon after his high school baseball career was over, Turlock High senior shortstop Kevin Kramer was asked about his summer. He noted a few activities: competing for a summer baseball league in Modesto, visiting the lake with friends and playing some golf.
It's not fair, but it has to be done. Every sports year produces tons of unforgettable moments, especially in the Turlock area. Hundreds of athletes from the two public schools in Turlock (Pitman High and Turlock High), the one private school (Turlock Christian High) and the two just-outside-of-Turlock schools (Denair High and Hilmar High) sweated it out. They won games and championships and churned out league MVPs.
STOCKTON - Compared to the type of season the Turlock High baseball team created this year, the ending was anticlimactic. St. Mary's High runner Vince Borrego came across home plate after a wild pitch to put into effect the 10-run mercy rule. A couple of his teammates hopped over the fence of the dugout to celebrate the program's third consecutive Sac-Joaquin Section Division I South championship.
Turlock High baseball's 14-4 loss to St. Mary's High in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I South Tournament marked the end of the spring season for all sports in the Turlock area.
Soon after sophomore Kelsee Derr got the baton in the Pitman High girls' 4x100-meter relay finals at the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters on Friday evening at Sacramento City College's Hughes Stadium, everything became a blur.
STOCKTON - After losing to St. Mary's High earlier this week, the Turlock High baseball team expected that a return trip to the championship round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I South Tournament would not be an easy one.
For the most part, Mallory Patino was alone on the track at Debely Stadium on Tuesday after school was let out. The Turlock High sophomore was running sprints in preparation for this week's Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Meet at Sacramento City College's Hughes Stadium.
STOCKTON - They've been in tight situations before, so the Turlock High baseball players didn't carry worried faces after falling 6-0 to St. Mary's High on Monday afternoon in the opening of the double-elimination portion of the Division I South Tournament at Klein Family Field on the University of Pacific campus. Though another loss means the season would be over for the Bulldogs, the fact didn't seem to concern them much.
For the majority of the season, Pitman High senior Caitlin O'Connell faced a reality she couldn't ignore.
On her very first attempt in Thursday's triple jump finals of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV-V Championships at Modesto Junior College, Hilmar High junior Morgan McFaddin felt pain in her right ankle.
On Wednesday, Turlock High senior shortstop Kevin Kramer came into his team's Sac-Joaquin Section Division I South Tournament game against Downey High as, essentially, an emergency backup. He didn't flinch, eventually pitching 1 1/3 solid innings to save the Bulldogs from committing an epic blunder and win 10-8 at Klein Family Field at the University of Pacific in Stockton.
Before the game even started, Pitman High softball coach Cassie Sheppherd noticed a bad sign.
DAVIS - After getting shut out in the biggest game of the season, the players and coaches of the Pitman High girls soccer team quietly and quickly grabbed their bags and equipment from underneath the visiting bench at Halden Field at Ron and Mary Brown Stadium, the home of Davis Senior High.
In most cases, high schools will hold an intimate affair in front of a small group of supporters when a student-athlete signs his or her national letter of intent to compete at the college level. Pictures are taken, speeches are given.
They knew it wasn't going to be easy.
Most high school athletes hope to find a college willing to offer them an athletic scholarship, but very few are chosen-especially twice.
Hilmar High walked out of the Trans Valley League track season and into the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV/V Championship Trials with four TVL champions - Dani Olson, Hudson Harris, Kenzye Spears and Angelique Souza.
Since claiming the Southern Athletic League championship in 2012 for the first time in program history, Delhi High's boys track team has struggled to add another league title year to its banner. The Hawks have been in the running the past two years, but ultimately fell just short, and it seemed that would again be the case in 2015.
The members of the Pitman High softball team held their heads high on Monday afternoon.
The Pitman High Pride were coming off a clutch one-run victory over Gregori last week and looked to continue their playoff streak as they had their eyes set on the quarterfinal match on Monday against a familiar foe from the Modesto Metro Conference-Beyer High.
The Pitman High varsity softball team continues to thrive.
Playoffs, St. Mary's High and heart break. It's a familiar formula for Turlock High baseball.
The Turlock Christian High softball team was coming off not only their best postseason performance, but arguably the best season in nearly a decade after winning a playoff game by a margin of 12 runs. But on Thursday, the Eagles' hot bats ended.
In his first two at-bats, Pitman High baseball captain Matt Carrigg struck out twice before exceeding all expectations in his final plate appearance of the game.
Branson Garcia has spent a lot of time on basketball courts, practically growing up with a ball in his hands since the age of five. The game is a major passion for the Pitman High senior, so much so that it's hard for his family and friends to dissociate Garcia from basketball.
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