It was a weekend of ups and downs for the teams of Turlock Youth Football as the 49ers hosted the Buhach Thunder and the Vikings visited the Manteca Jr. Buffaloes.
Local high schools throughout the Valley saw their respective girls golf squads go through a learning phase last year as Pitman High started a new era with a first year head coach; Turlock continued to excel and gain valuable experience winning their ninth consecutive league title; and Hilmar was just a few strokes from winning three straight league titles.
The Delhi High boys' soccer team made a statement in last season's Southern Athletic League. The Hawks finished first in the league with a 11-1-2 record, outscoring opponents 64 to 10, along with a 16-4-2 overall record, and an offense that racked up 85 goals for the season, averaging just under four goals per game.
In 2012, the Central California Conference girls' tennis season saw a crazy year after Pitman High struggled with a 1-9 record, placing last in league, while Turlock High - at 15-4 - were co-champions with Merced in the CCC.
Immediately after last year's final snap, the Pitman and Turlock High football teams were already looking into the upcoming season, with a focus on conditioning in the off-season.
CrossFit ParaBellum hosted their first fitness competition on their one-year anniversary at their Turlock gym Saturday, with over 98 participants from around the Central Valley.
After recently winning their fourth tournament this season, the under 10 Modesto Ajax United girls soccer club is now 23-3-1, after losing in the quarterfinal game at the Mustang Stampede Tournament this past weekend.
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.
It's a season sweep.
Grind it out till you win; league champions couldn't feel sweeter.
Turlock has a rich tradition of football excellence. From Turlock High to Pitman High, and even Turlock Christian High, coming-of-age Turlockers have spent a majority of their formative years on the gridiron, locked in competition. As is the case in many other towns in the area, these players often get their start at the youth level where they learn the game, sharpen their skills and build friendships that can last a lifetime.
Turlock High swept both the Central California Conference Singles tournament and Doubles tournament for the second year in a row on Thursday. Competing on the home courts of Atwater High, Mila Johns claimed the singles title while the newly formed team of Lauren Carlson and Courtnie Chan took the doubles title.
Pitman High's girls' and boys' varsity water polo squads ended their penultimate match of the season with a win over Central California Conference foe Buhach Colony at home on Thursday.
For the Pride it should be four times the charm.
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