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.
A year ago, the Turlock Christian volleyball team suffered one of the more painful endings to a playoff campaign in school history."It's a heartbreaker that will probably stay with all of us for many years to come," Eagles coach Keith Landmeier said at the time.This memory hasn't left the minds of Landmeier and his current players, with some of them rearranging their faces in agony whenever that fateful finish is mentioned. Here's a recap: In a quarterfinal match of the 2009 Division V Tournament, all the Eagles needed was a single point to eclipse Woodland ...
Turlock Christian (1-6 SL, 2-8) led late against the Delhi Hawks (1-6 SL, 2-8), but saw their lead slip away as the Eagles lost their final game of the season 28-15.
HILMAR - As painful as it might be for the Hilmar High boys soccer players to admit, a big reason why the Yellowjackets are heading into the postseason with a league crown and a six-game winning streak is because of one singular moment.
With a no-tomorrow attitude, the Turlock High boys soccer players knew these kinds of opportunities don't come too often for them. On Tuesday night, the Bulldogs were in the middle of their first postseason game in seven years when reality struck: They needed to score. Evident by the many shots that banged off the crossbar, the Bulldogs were doing their job.
After their most upsetting loss of the season, the Turlock High football players and coaches entered this week as if nothing happened. No one was walking around practice with his head down. No one looked particularly weak, so much so that he couldn't lift his helmet over his head. Perhaps most important, no one mentioned that gigantic elephant in the room unless someone not in a Turlock football uniform asked about it.
STOCKTON - For the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament, the Turlock High girls golfers just wanted to improve from their previous performances. By coach Mary Krupka's account of that day's event, aided by damp conditions affecting the golfers' play, it wasn't going to be too difficult this time.
Hilmar High's track team is, as it has been for some time, on the small side this year. Not physically, but in overall numbers. There are roughly 40 athletes filling the overall roster, most of whom are young, which has made the 2015 hunt for the Trans Valley League title a non-issue for the Yellowjackets.
Pitman sent eight athletes and Turlock High had six representatives competing alongside students from 75 high schools at the 40th annual Stanford Invitational on Saturday.