For most high school wrestlers from the Turlock area, the goal every season is to take that drive down Highway 99 toward Bakersfield. It's there that all the state's best congregate for the CIF Championships in early March.
Two years ago, Nick LaFrancis achieved something rare for a Denair High wrestler. He qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament, which is just one step from the elusive CIF State Championships in Bakersfield. Even if he didn't win a medal or a single match, making it that far is an unforgettable experience.
When going up against a boys basketball team full of giants, there's really only one thing you can do.
As the Hilmar girls basketball team started their season by facing Waterford High Thursday night, first year coach Don Inman paced the sidelines, afraid to celebrate his birthday until the final buzzer.
This season, the girls basketball teams in the Turlock area will experience many different changes.
For the Turlock High girls basketball players, it's hard to forget about what transpired on Feb. 25.
MODESTO - The way the game started, it was safe to assume that the Turlock boys basketball team was going to give the few dozen fans inside the cold Panther Palace gym on the Modesto High campus reasons to go home early.
Zach Olsen is the type of high school kid who seems to have a smile painted on his face at all times. He's also the type that will ask a stranger how he's doing - and genuinely want to know the person's well being. But the Pitman High boys basketball player will admit that he wasn't in the most ideal situation last season.
After fans get situated in their seats at the Calvary Baptist Gym for the Turlock Christian boys basketball opener on Tuesday, they might just see something that they haven't seen much of before. That's height.
The Pitman High volleyball team collected a few firsts this season, with the most important one arguably being the school's first-ever playoff win on Nov. 9 over Monterey Trail in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I Tournament. Everything else seems to be, simply, icing on the cake.
Last summer, Anthony Hubbard was tested daily. He'd go to the weight room with a teammate or two knowing that one of the exercises they'd do was the bench press. Universally, this workout is considered a sort of measuring stick of masculinity for most men.
For some, there might not be anything sweeter than the squeaking sound a shoe makes on a well-polished basketball court. Hearing that during this time of the year means one thing: Basketball season is here.
Turlock Christian senior golfer Kathleen Rojas is not too bashful to admit that she thrives under the pressure. It doesn't matter the circumstance. Even if it's the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament, which is the biggest collection of high school girls golfers from Sacramento to Merced, she welcomes the weight of it all.
The great thing about falls sports was that it gave fans enough opportunities to watch and admire local athletes. And this season, they gained a lot of memories.
After the final whistle blew, several members of the Turlock High football team were searching for a special object.
Three days after five of its wrestlers placed in the top-six at Midcals, Pitman High was back on the mat for a Tuesday night dual with Central California Conference foe Buhach Colony High. The Thunder entered the dual with only one league loss, a one-point defeat at the hands of Golden Valley High, and an aim to blemish Pitman's perfect CCC record.
The Hilmar High boys varsity basketball team suffered a devastating loss in the closing seconds of Friday's matchup against Trans Valley League foe Escalon High.
Homecoming night didn't fare too well for the Turlock Christian High varsity boys basketball team on Saturday, as they fell to Big Valley Christian, 47-53.
The Turlock Christian High (14-7) girls basketball team is on a roll.
The Pitman High Pride began Friday's home matchup against Central California Conference and crosstown foe Turlock on a roll. That roll turned south, however, after the Pride lost their leading scorer in the second half.
One of Denair High School's best baseball players in the past decade will return this spring to take over as varsity coach.
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