Ice hockey is not a sport that is typically associated with the Valley. Sure, fans exist, but with a lack of snow and rinks in the area most enthusiasts with a desire to play are relegated to using roller blades on black top.
For the past two years the girls of Turlock Active Orthopedic have scorched their Turlock Youth Soccer Association competition; finishing undefeated and claiming the End of Year Tournament title in both U10 and U12 seasons.
A group of 7th grade girls from Dutcher Middle School recently orchestrated a season to remember on the basketball court. Led by head coach Salinda Mabie, the Diamondbacks completed the season with an undefeated record, 22-0, and three tournament championships- a feat that is by no means common.
The weather conditions were terrible on Sunday with rain falling by the bucket loads, but three Turlockers overcame the elements and emerged victorious in this year's Punt Pass and Kick competition in Oakland. Hilton Green, Mya Sanchez, and Ruby Randhawa each earned first place honors in their individual age groups with respective totals of 155 feet, 10 inches, 158 feet, 6 inches, and 185 feet, 2 inches.
Turlock Christian held its first annual Punt, Pass, and Kick competition and the winners were Jyllian Knight and Liam Jones. The winners and runners up - Hollie Salsig, Paige Vierra, and Brock Vieira - were recognized at halftime of Friday's TC v Denair football game.
Two years ago the 8th grade volleyball team at Turlock Junior High had an undefeated season, providing both Turlock and Pitman High with a talented crop of new athletes. This year the 8th grade Tigers did it again, finishing 23-0 in an even more remarkable year than 2010, and leaving Pride and Bulldog coaches salivating at the thought of another talented group of girls.
The Turlock FC U-12 soccer club recently won its first tournament of the season, playing six games in three days to take the Santa Clara Sporting Invitational Championship, the number one ranked tournament in Northern California and third in the nation.
The boys of the U11 Turlock FC Arsenal soccer club are feeling pretty good as they prepare for fall league to begin. With a 10-0 indoor record, a 9-0-2 Nor-Cal Spring League record, six tournament championships, and a number one Nor-Cal ranking for the State Cup Tournament it's easy to see why.
Right now the world's best athletes are chasing their Olympic dreams in London, putting years of hard work to use as they compete for themselves and their countries. Like them, local youth athletes are also working hard towards their own goals, not quite international endeavors, but important nonetheless.
The Modesto Babe Ruth All-Stars got out to a rocky start in Weimer, Texas this past weekend, losing to the New York All-Stars, 8-6, on Saturday and the Tri-Counties All-Stars of Texas, 11-9, on Sunday in the first pool games of the 2012 Babe Ruth World Series. Despite the rough start, Modesto rallied back on Monday to defeat the Bismarck All-Stars of North Dakota, 8-2, before beating the Alabama All-Stars 4-3 on Tuesday.
Cleats, cones, whistles, and proud parents; this was the scene at Pitman High this week as Turlock Youth Football's Vikings and 49ers held their annual try-outs and Trans Valley's Titans practiced under the sun.
The 10-year-old American All-Stars picked up where they left off in the first round of the California Division II All-Star Tournament, stringing together hits and playing solid defense for a 12-1 win over the Eel River All-Stars.
The 11-year-old Turlock American All-Stars had a great 2012 season, earning District 73 and Section 6 Championships, but their run was cut short on Tuesday in the California Division II All-Star Tournament. After falling to River Park 15-1 on July 21, the American All-Stars were eliminated by Vacaville Central by a score of 8-1.