Every time Turlock High's Ryan Cumberland approaches home plate with a bat in hand, his mind tends to wander - but with good reason.
Nathan Potter's focus was narrow and straight like a dark alley, despite the circumstances surrounding his match Thursday afternoon at the Turlock High tennis courts under a baking sun. After winning the first set, he realized that he had to top his opponent in the last showdown of Turlock High's Sac-Joaquin Section Division I quarterfinal meeting with Jesuit High.
One local boys tennis team smothered the opponent, while the other had a tougher time.
At Monday's Sac-Joaquin Section Division I South Championships at Brookside Country Club in Stockton, the Turlock High boys golf team ran into some bad luck again.
STEVINSON - While the last few players were wrapping up their final holes, Turlock Christian High boys golf coach Jeff Cederlind had a worried look on his face as he paced the dining area of Stevinson Ranch Golf Club on Monday. There was no word yet on this season's Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI winner but he knew one thing.
Everything's coming together.
In his final at-bat of the day, Turlock High's Jeremy McDonald didn't want to waste any time trying to touch all four bases at the Bulldogs' home baseball field on Friday afternoon. Once he smacked a shot toward right field, he wasn't satisfied with one base. So he kept going and going, sliding safely into third.
MERCED - On Wednesday afternoon, the Pitman High girls soccer players had the extraordinary pressure of needing to win against a Merced High team that featured a very stingy goalkeeper. And one of the things the Pride had in their heads was this: Win or go home.
At this week's Central California Conference Tournament at Buhach Colony High in Atwater, the Turlock High boys tennis team produced a sweep of sorts.
HILMAR - The walls of the Hilmar High main office offers a display of winners. Team pictures are scattered near the back entrance, reminding students, teachers and visitors what the school's sports teams are capable of. Among the past winners is the 2004 Hilmar boys golf team. Just the other day, members of this year's Yellowjackets team were staring at the picture and reading the names and records posted underneath it.
After humbling the Pitman Pride for the fifth consecutive time, the Turlock High girls soccer players weren't celebrating in a massive dog pile or drenching the coach with a bucket of water. That stuff perhaps will be saved for later.
The last time the Hilmar High boys golf team was this good, the Yellowjackets concluded their season with a Sac-Joaquin Section trophy. Of course, it's too soon to predict such an outcome.
Pitman High swimmer Stephanie Young wasn't at her fastest at the Central California Conference Championships on Saturday at Pitman High. But that's fine with her.
Pitman High entered Friday's home game against Downey High with a team characterized by its youth. With only two returning starters from last year's squad and the bulk of its roster comprised of juniors, the Pride knew that the Knights, back-to-back winners of the Modesto Metro Conference title, would be a difficult challenge to overcome in their season opener.
Turlock High began the 2014 football season the way every team hopes to -with a win. The Bulldogs traveled to Modesto to face Enochs High and came home with a tight 25-20 victory.
Denair's volleyball team has been through a rough patch the last three years, but 2014 is a whole new season.
Ty Pettigrew's girls golf squad has won three of the last four Valley Foothill League titles, and the Hilmar Lady Yellowjackets are looking to make it four out of five after the 2014 year concludes.
It was a bit of a struggling season in 2013 for both boys and girls Turlock High water polo squads.
The 2014 season is here, and Turlock and Pitman's cross country teams have been preparing for the start of the new season in the always competitive Central California Conference.
Turlock High has dominated girls golf in the Central California Conference over the past decade, capturing the previous 10 CCC titles, including last year's title, but don't count out Pitman for the 2014 season.
The boys and girls water polo squads of Pitman High are ready to put the past behind them and start fresh in 2014.
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