SACRAMENTO - Right around 4 p.m. Friday, Pitman High senior Markus Sanders had the jitters running all over his body.
With the Turlock High baseball team facing elimination in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I South Tournament, coach Mark de la Motte had a crucial decision to make on who to start on the mound for Wednesday night's contest versus Beyer High. He went with the obvious choice.
Pitman High's Markus Sanders is built like a boulder. His 6-foot-2, 220-pound frame was a big reason why he dominated as a running back during the football season, highlighted by the fact that he earned the Central California Conference's best offensive player award.
DIABLO GRANDE - Before the first tee of the Northern California Championship at Diablo Grande Golf Course on Monday, Turlock High junior Paul Smith already had made up his mind.
Qualifying for the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Meet is nothing new for the Pitman High track and field team.
STOCKTON - On his second pitch of the game, Turlock High ace Vince Wheeland was reminded that opposing batters aren't afraid of someone with an undefeated record and a baseball scholarship to Oklahoma State. Lincoln High's Tyler Sullivan was the first to prove this in Monday's only consolation game of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I South Tournament, as he smacked the ball above Wheeland's reach, which sparked a two-run rally at the top of the first inning.
Just like any other high school sports team in America, the Turlock High track and field athletes and coaches meet up at the end of the season to announce team awards. This year, it was different for the Bulldogs.
STOCKTON - Of course there were things the Turlock High baseball team could've done differently. Maybe the players could have been more patient at the plate or, perhaps, if they had an out that was issued against them go the other way.
LODI - Just as the lights came on over the north diamond field at the Lodi Softball Complex, the sun began to set on the Turlock Christian High softball team's season.
FOLSOM - Blame it on Mickey Mouse.
This time, the soccer field wasn't littered with fouls and yellow cards. There weren't any angry faces on the Turlock High girls soccer team sidelines. Instead, those players - along with the coaching staff - watched a clean battle.
The pregame infield/outfield drills may have been the most action the Turlock High baseball team's defense saw with ace Vince Wheeland on the mound on Tuesday.
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.
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