The start of August means that football season has finally arrived and on Monday, the area's youngest football players laced up their cleats and put on their helmets to begin the intense week of conditioning to kickoff the 2015 campaign.
After powering through the District competition, the 11-year-old American All Star team moved into the Section 6 tournament with a chip on their shoulder after an early elimination the previous season.
The Turlock Seadogs have a history of winning. In fact, the summer swim program was riding a three-season win streak going into Saturday's meet against Ripon and Tracy. However, all good things must come to an end. In this case, it was at the hands of the Ripon Sea Lions.
After dispatching their National League counterparts in the first game of this year's District 73 10/11 All Star Tournament with the help of four homeruns, the Turlock American All Stars beat Atwater back-to-back on Friday and Monday to clinch the District 73 Championship.
The Turlock American 12-year-old All Star team tore through the 2015 District 73 Majors All Star Tournament last week, showcasing a high-output offense and a stingy defense that respectively earned 48 runs and allowed only 10 runs through four games. The American All Stars' championship capstone was set on Sunday in a showdown with the Turlock Nationals that saw the Americans win 12-1 in four innings.
It was a white-hot start to the 2015 District 73 9/10 All Star Tournament for the Turlock American All Stars who beat Mariposa 11-3 in the opening game before taking down Los Banos 11-6 in the quarterfinals. Turlock's heat didn't last for long though, instead it dissipated over the next two games with a 6-9 loss to Atwater in the semifinals and a 8-11 loss to Mariposa in the losers' bracket.
Lindsey Vander Weide and Maddy Halteman will be joining their respective Division I volleyball programs next month, but before that, the duo, along with two other Turlock natives herded their U18 Rage Volleyball team into the USA Junior National Championships this past week in New Orleans.