It was an unfamiliar feeling in a familiar setting.
Fans at the FoodMaxx Arena this week had plenty to cheer about, as motorcycle jumpers did their version of gymnastics in the air and kids and adults got a kick of adrenaline rush in the quad drag races. A good chunk of the quad drag racers were local, while there was one motorcycle jumper who recently participated in the X-Games. It was an eventful night in which spectators cheered on quad drag riders as they went as fast as they could on a 200-feet track.
The quest is over. Although it didn't end with final victory; the Modesto Babe Ruth 16-18-year-old baseball team can look back at the season and know it was an action-packed ride. The players and coaches were just one win away from recapturing the glory and success they achieved in 2008.
Tom Mendonca's legacy just keeps growing.
At precisely 7:30 p.m. Monday night, a horn blared to signal the start of the first of four preliminary heats at "Traditional Turmoil" the first of two straight evenings of the fan favorite demolition derby action, presented annually by the Turlock Lions Club at the Stanislaus County Fair.
It wasn't a typical day at the Stanislaus County Fair on Saturday evening, as the sun was making its slow descent in the west. The drivers sat in their vehicles that lined up in a row looking almost endless, waiting for a turn.
It wasn't easy.
The Turlock Tornados girls soccer under-13 team is on a winning streak, and the players and coaches hope to continue their good fortune.
For the Modesto Babe Ruth 16-18-year-old baseball team winning is now a recurring theme. And the players did it again on Thursday night, exploding for eight runs in the first inning of their Pacific Southwest Regional opener against Nevada at Wastonville High in Wastonville. They won 19-1.
Tom Brandstater was looking cool and relaxed in a T-shirt and a pair of shorts and sandals along the sidelines of Joe Debely Stadium last week, taking in the last day of his nearly three-week break from the Denver Broncos.
MODESTO - One by one, the batters went down, humbly and stoically back to their dugout. They knew it was going to be a difficult day, and not because the state championship was at stake.
MODESTO - Bobby Swedberg, the coach of the Modesto Babe Ruth 16-18 year-old baseball team, gathered his players in a huddle before the top of the third inning. He didn't like what he was seeing so far. He challenged them to be better.
The goal is simple: Win state.
For some reason, Anthony Harding had a difficult time dodging people. But this time, he wasn't in his Fresno State football gear. He wasn't at Bulldog Stadium in front of thousands of people or somewhere in the country trying to reach the end zone.