Before his biggest high school sports moment, Pitman High senior Markus Sanders had to get away.
It wasn't his personal best, but it was close.
Later this month, a bunch of local teens from middle school to high school will be confronted with some of the best volleyball talent they've ever seen.
It's safe to say any little boy who dons a baseball uniform wants to turn pro someday.
Turlock coach Mark de la Motte went with freshman Nick Voumard ...
STOCKTON – Kevin Kramer tried his best to keep his head up as he walked off the Klein Family Field at the University of Pacific, with the digital scoreboard behind him reading perhaps the heartbreaker of the year for the junior shortstop and Turlock High baseball team on Tuesday night.
Things can't get any better for Markus Sanders, the Pitman High senior discus thrower.
SACRAMENTO - Potential. Perspective. Upside. Those words were used as part of a common theme for the local track and field athletes represented at the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Meet on Thursday. A collection of underclassmen from Turlock High and Hilmar High traveled to compete at Hughes Stadium at Sacramento City College in front of hundreds of spectators.
STOCKTON - On Wednesday night, the Turlock High baseball players aimed their eyes skyward and couldn't deny the dark clouds hovering above the Klein Family Field at the University of Pacific.
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.
Turlock has owned the tennis courts for the past four years against Pitman High and the streak continued on Tuesday for the defending Central California Conference champions.
The streak continues for the Pitman High Pride who recorded their 22nd consecutive straight-set victory on Monday with a 25-17, 25-17, and 25-4 win over Turlock High. Now ranked 74th in the nation and 14th in the state of California, the Pride comfortably sit atop the Central California Conference standings while Turlock sits in second place.
For the second consecutive year, head coach Tom Tyler has led the Pitman Pride varsity football team to a 3-0 start to the season - last year the Pride managed a 4-0 start.
The Hilmar volleyball team is on a 12-game winning streak, and that success continued Monday with a 3-0 victory over the visiting Turlock Christian Eagles.
Turlock golf maintained its successful ways, as the Bulldogs won the Central California Conference Mid-Season Tournament last Thursday at Rancho del Rey.
Southern Athletic League rivals Delhi and Denair High opened league play Friday night with a slug fest that was reflective of the two teams' equal standing. Entering the game with identical 2-1 records, the Hawks (3-1 overall, 1-0 SAL) and Coyotes (2-2 overall, 0-1 SAL) took turns thrilling their crowds with big hits on defense and scrappy play on offense.
Turlock High battled till the end on Friday night, but finished its preseason league play with a 41-43 home loss to Tracy.
Q. You were a standout sophomore on the court for Hilmar volleyball. Have you made any changes to your game for your junior season?
Delhi High's volleyball team fell short against Le Grand High in the Hawks' second Southern League matchup of the season on Tuesday. The Lady Hawks tested the Bulldogs through four sets, but ultimately walked away from the court with a 3-1 loss (13-25, 25-14, 21-25, and 13-25).
The undefeated streak for the Pitman Pride's varsity volleyball team continues.
The Turlock Bulldogs beat out the Pitman Pride, 214-249, during the first girls golf rivalry match of the season on Tuesday at the Turlock Golf & Country Club.
Pitman High's Fernando Maldonado scored a hat trick, securing the Pride's roll over win against crosstown and Central California Conference rival Turlock, 5-0, in a matchup at Warrior Stadium on Saturday.
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