The Pitman High and Turlock High boys tennis teams know how to make life in the Central California Conference exciting. Last season is a prime example, seeing how the teams finished with a share of the league title.
For some, the dream began last summer inside a hot and sweaty wrestling room with no one else except for themselves and their coaches. For some, the dream started well before then, when they were still learning the fundamentals of their new sport.
For a moment, Alexia Moreno thought it was going to be over. The Turlock High junior wrestler had this notion during the second period of her 119-pound championship match in the CIF Girls State Tournament at Lemoore High.
It was a frustrating sight for fans of Turlock High girls basketball to watch their team fail to capitalize on wide-open layups and other easy opportunities. They groaned and tried their best to spread words of encouragement from the stands of Bulldog Arena.
In its first playoff game in four years, the Denair High boys basketball team traveled to Sacramento to play Capital Christian High. Though the Coyotes produced a good effort, the ride home must've been tough to get through.
Turlock Christian High senior guard Molly Farrar understood the circumstances. Though her girls basketball team was favored to win the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V first-round game, she didn't let that slip into her head.
MODESTO - With his face still covered in sweat and the bruises on his body still fresh, Pitman High senior wrestler Andrew Perez made an announcement just outside of the Gregori High gym, where this season's Sac-Joaquin Section Division I South Championships took place on Saturday.
Pitman High track and field head coach Thad Moren said the Pride has had one goal in mind since finishing the last league meet in April. That goal was to put all the season's hard work into a top showing at last week's CIF Sac-Joaquin Division I Section finals.
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 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.