This is the first part in a series that will run throughout the summer, highlighting the different ways local high school football teams are preparing for the upcoming season.
Over the years Laura Aronson has competed in a variety sports such as track and basketball, but she kept running back to one particular sport, even when she was told she wasn't always tall enough or good enough.
Before this week, it's likely that the participants in the 25th Annual North/South Rotary All-Star game had not touched a football or wore helmets and pads for months. But they'll have to adjust quickly, especially a number of area players.
Recent Pitman High graduate Ethan Alvares played in the 37th Lions All-Star Football Classic at the University of Pacific's Stagg Memorial Stadium in Stockton on Saturday night in front of hundreds of supporters. Alvares, the South's starting center, was the only local player to participate in the prestigious event, as his team suffered a close 15-14 loss to the North team in the final minutes.
With sweat dripping across his face on a warm Friday morning, Ethan Alvares walked off a makeshift practice football field at Cal State Stanislaus with his helmet in hand. He greeted his grandfather - who appeared to be the only spectator in attendance - before grabbing his stuff and leaving.
A group of area baseball players will be featured in today's inaugural Merced-Stanislaus All-Star Game at Cal State Stanislaus at 3 p.m.
MODESTO - On Saturday, visitors of John Thurman Field purchased programs that read the 2010 Modesto Sunrise Rotary Baseball Classic: 21st Annual High School All-Star Baseball Game. The purpose of the game was to gather all the best high school juniors and seniors from cities such as Turlock, Waterford, Modesto and Denair. Usually, the games aren't meant to be serious.
Not too long ago, Hilmar High's Haylee Bettencourt was content on moving more than 100 miles away from her family and friends to chase her college soccer dreams at UC Davis, a program with a coaching staff that didn't know what she was capable of.
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.
Turlock and Pitman high each had multiple singles players compete on Tuesday in the opening rounds of the Central California Conference girls tennis singles tournament in Atwater. However, only Turlock's number one singles player, Mila Johns, swept through her opponents and is now moving on to Thursday's championship match against Golden Valley's Dani Vigil.
Both the Turlock boys and girls water polo teams found victory Tuesday in the Bulldogs' home pool when they hosted Central California Conference foe Atwater.
For the 11th season in a row, Turlock High has finished Central California Conference competition as champions in girls golf. The Bulldogs cemented their place as 2014 CCC title holders by shooting a 448 at Monday's CCC Championships in Atwater-86 strokes ahead of second place Pitman High.
Bears stop Pride
There's nothing like a long-standing rivalry on the gridiron.
Barn burner, slobber knocker or nail biter. All three could be used to describe Turlock High's 48-47 victory over Buhach Colony High at Joe Debely Stadium on Friday night.
Q. What do you like most about the game of golf?
The second time two teams meet rarely results in the same outcome as the first matchup.
Though its girls can no longer claim to be straight-set winners through all of their matches, Pitman High is still undefeated and seemingly on its way to its fourth consecutive Central California Conference volleyball championship.
The Pitman girls tennis team came up short against a visiting Merced Bears team, 2-7, on Tuesday bringing the Pride's league record to 4-5.
The Turlock High football team broke its recent lull and with a hard-earned victory on the road, defeating Golden Valley, 50-29, in Friday's Central California Conference opener.
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