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.
This year's Turlock High varsity basketball roster might be the deepest one head coach Doug Cornfoot has ever had.
Overcoming this year's Turlock roster won't be an easy task for Harvey Marable and the Pitman Pride but if there is any team ...
Last season belonged to Pitman High on the mat.
This year's Turlock Christian High varsity girls basketball team might be the most experienced squad that head coach Edwin Santiago has ever had.
Denair and Delhi High's wrestling programs are just beginning to flourish in the area and within the Southern Athletic League.
If you would have asked Turlock varsity girls head coach Mark Musselman what he expected from his team before the start of the 2014-15 season ...
Pitman High's varsity girls basketball team is better this year.
When Brian de la Porte took over as the head coach of the Delhi High varsity boys basketball team in early September, he made one ...
Denair and Delhi High have never really established their varsity girls basketball programs, but after an offseason of quality hires, things look to be shaping ...
Coming off Saturday's 3-1 Division I Sac-Joaquin Section title win over Pleasant Grove, the Pitman High volleyball team is already eyeing a Northern California ...
In their first year competing in the Central California Athletic Alliance, the Turlock Christian High boys basketball team failed to meet their own expectations in ...
Denair High boys basketball head coach RJ Henderson and assistant coach Garett Elliot have been working towards building a successful program over the last three ...
The Pitman Pride are back-to-back Sac-Joaquin Section Division I Volleyball Champions.
For the third straight year Hilmar High advanced to the Division-IV Sac-Joaquin Section Volleyball Championship match and for the third year in a row they ...
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