Years ago, it didn't matter how hot it got outside, I was prepared to fish through the heat of the day. I actually scoffed at anglers who got off the water by noon or waited until the evening.
The Modesto Babe Ruth baseball team is back in the Central California Babe Ruth 16-18 Year Old State Tournament for the second consecutive year. After a 2012 summer season that included a state championship victory and a run into the Babe Ruth World Series Tournament that ended with a third place finish, Modesto has returned with a talent laden roster and hopes to improve on last year's success.
As a junior standout at Turlock High, Teo Chiesa was the Most Valuable Player for the Central California Conference for the 2012-2013 year. Now a senior, Chiesa returns in his final season with high hopes of another successful campaign and perhaps a future in golf.
Nearly every time Caleb Monticalvo picked up a pole to vault over the crossbars as a high school athlete, the collegiate scouts told him to put it back down.
Spencer Heller graduated from Turlock High in 2009 with dreams of golf glory. She wanted to compete at the highest level, but to her dismay she didn't receive any Division I offers, and so she went in search of a university to call home. Her search brought her to Sonoma State University, and although it was a Division II school, it turned out to be the perfect fit for the former Bulldog.
The American League Rivercats won the Minors division Tournament of Champions for the first time after defeating the Atwater Angels, 3-2, on Saturday in a tight ball game at Julien Field.
Pitman High hosted its 12th annual basketball shoot-out tournament on Saturday at Pitman High with 16 local schools participating from the San Joaquin area from as far south as Merced and as far north as Manteca. Pitman, Turlock, and Delhi High were among the competitors.
It was a nail biter at Julien Field on Saturday as the National League Rockies defeated the Yosemite Reds in the Majors division, 5-4, in walk-off fashion after a seventh inning Ramon Grande RBI single scored Marino Cabero from third.
Just as soon as I send this report, I'll be making my way to Clarks Fork for a week of camping with family and friends. This year is a little different; I've become a little more serious in my pursuit of the elusive trout.
It's time to confess. I love predictions. For whatever reason, reading opinions on why a future outcome will happen based on convoluted thoughts fascinates me.
There were smiles and a few tears, but mostly smiles on Wednesday when Pitman's Jordan Gonzalez and Hailee Baldwin signed their respective letters of intent to the University of the Pacific and Fresno State. Staying with Pride tradition, a large crowd gathered in the school's library to watch the culmination of the two athletes' energy, effort, and time and catch a glimpse of what their future might hold.
Hilmar High's boys basketball team didn't earn a Trans Valley League Championship or make it to the post-season last year but it did lay a foundation for the future-or so it thought. Anchored by then freshman Demsen McFaddin, who led the team with 359 points, the Yellowjackets looked poised to put together a potent offense for the next three years.
The last time Bruce Scott coached wrestling at Hilmar High Bill Clinton had just been elected president, the World Wide Web was in its infancy, and Whitney Houston was at the top of the pop charts. Now, 19 years later, Scott has returned as head coach of Hilmar's wrestling program. Even though many things have changed in the world since, Scott's found that not much has changed inside the wrestling room.
Last season Hilmar High's girls basketball team struggled with numbers, boasting a nine person roster and making life tough in the already challenging Trans Valley League. But things are looking up for the Yellowjackets this season, Hilmar returns with five experienced players and a couple newcomers in what head coach Don Inman sees as a playoff caliber team.
The four day Dick Windemuth Easter Baseball Tournament was cut short on Thursday as heavy rain forced officials to cancel the event. After only two games Turlock and Pitman High were sent home, the Bulldogs 0-2 and the Pride 2-0 in the tournament.
The only team to beat Turlock High at the 2014 Merced High Invitational on Monday was Turlock High, as the Bulldogs finished both first and second in the overall team standings.
Hilmar High rolled through its second Central California Conference team in a week Thursday night when the 'Jackets (14-4 overall) defeated Turlock High two days after doing the same to Atwater High. Hilmar beat the Bulldogs (8-4 overall) in straight sets (27-25, 25-11, and 25-18) as team defense and a powerful offensive attack from Emily Baptista paved the way.
Turlock's Sergio Jiminez knocked in the first goal of Wednesday's home game in the fifth minute against East Union but it wasn't enough as the Lancers tied the game about halfway through the second half to end the game at 1-1.
Pitman High's boys' soccer team visited the always tough Central Valley soccer squad on Thursday in one final preseason matchup, only this time it was the Hawks who trounced the Pride in a 1-0 game.
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