Three years ago, a group of Turlock Little Leaguers made a serious run into the World Series.
They considered themselves the underdogs, but they didn't play like one.
Entering the fifth inning, the Orioles weren't in panic mode despite what the scoreboard at Julien Field told them late Tuesday night. They needed to conquer a three-run deficit, with just two full innings left.
Teammates like to call Trevor Price "Bam Bam," a nickname he earned from his friends at Dennis Earl Elementary. That moniker then transitioned onto the baseball field, where it is perhaps the most appropriate.
In one of Thursday's two elimination games in the Turlock Little League City Tournament at Soderquist Park, the Dodgers of the National League prevailed 7-5 over the Red Sox of the National League. Today, the Dodgers will face the Pirates at 5 p.m. followed by the Tigers-Orioles game at 7:30 p.m., as both contests will be held at Julien Field.
Jake Thompson didn't get his first at-bat until the fourth inning, as he came into the game for his 10-to-12-year-old Tigers of the American League as a pinch-hitter. He made the wait worthwhile, slamming a shot to right-field to set up a firestorm of runs in the opening game of the Turlock Little League Majors City Tournament at Julien Field.
It took two overtime periods for the Turlock Fire Elite Boys U-17 Soccer team to lose 4-3 in a penalty shootout to Santa Clara Sporting in the semifinal match of the State Cup on Saturday, in a matchup of the two highest ranking teams in Northern California - with Santa Clara also holding down the No. 1 spot in the country, according to Turlock's Mark Selby.
The Pitman youth wrestling program completed its season with plenty of trophies and medals. Under the supervision of Adam Vasconcellos, the team had eight champions and 14 medalists at state tournaments, boasted four tournament winners and seven medalists at the Reno Worlds (considered the toughest youth tournament in the country) and finished with five champions and seven medalists at the West Coast Nationals. The program feeds wrestlers into the Pitman High team, while helping kids as young as 5 years old develop wrestling skills. For more information about the program, contact Vasconcellos at 678-5577.
With about 800 participants from 18 middle schools and junior highs, the annual Turlock Junior High School Relay Meet had another good run, with many athletes breaking personal times while others smashed meet records. In its 30th year, the meet was held at the renovated Debely Stadium on Friday afternoon, with the athletes competing in only relay events with the exception of the open 1,600-meter run.
The Turlock Fire Elite U-17 boys soccer team will play in Sunday's Nor Cal State Cup quarterfinals at Turlock Sports Complex, with the game kicking off at 11:30 a.m. The team, which is ranked second in Northern California and 15th in the nation, completed its round of 16 games last weekend, defeating Juventus SC Black 93 of Redwood City in 3-1 fashion.
With clubs representing five different nations and nine states during a three-day tournament, the Turlock FC Fire Elite U-17 boys soccer team proved its worth by making it all the way to the finals. But it was there that Turlock's hot streak ended, suffering a 3-1 loss to home team Las Vegas Surf 94 in the Las Vegas Mayor's Cup 2011 tournament during the weekend of Feb. 19-21. Turlock was one of 32 teams.
The Turlock Titans Varsity Football squad's undefeated record came to a halt three weeks ago when the boys traveled to Modesto to face the Rams. Both offense and defense fell short of the mark. The following weekend, the Titans again hit the road to Escalon, battling the Outlaws, where they were dealt a serious blow, losing 48-12.Last Saturday, the Titans squared off on the Ripon gridiron, losing to the Chiefs 36-6. Today at Turlock High School, the team will look for redemption as they take on the Modesto Saints on Titan turf. The Titans are celebrating homecoming and ...
Kiana Clay had an overwhelming task in the National Junior Olympics on Wednesday afternoon at Sacramento City College. In the 4x800-meter relay, her team was in third place by the time the second leg of the race was presented in her hand.She took the baton and never looked back.By the time she was done with her leg, in which she turned in a time of 2 minutes, 27 seconds, her team - which is part of the Central Valley Roadrunners out of Modesto - was ahead of the pack. And her teammates did the rest, as they celebrated a national ...
Eight track and field athletes from Turlock will compete at this week's National Junior Olympics at Sacramento City College, with some of them having a good chance to finish in the top eight of their respective event and earn a medal.The prestigious event begins today and ends Sunday.The list begins with Walnut Elementary students and siblings Jarod (second grade) and Cerah Moren (sixth grade). Jarod will compete in the high jump, while Cerah is scheduled to participate in two events, the 4x400-meter relay and javelin.Kiana Clay, who enters seventh grade at Turlock Junior High, will compete ...