The sun was shining, the water was perfect and Wednesday was a beautiful day to be in the swimming pool at Pitman High's Aquatic Center. Until, that is, Merced's red-hot boys and girls water polo teams showed up.
Denair High volleyball found some payback Monday night, as the Coyotes won out over the Delhi Hawks in their second Southern Athletic League matchup, 3-1. What began as a competitive first set, resulted in a Coyote victory over the Hawks (26-24, 25-7, 21-25 and 25-19).
Frank Marques and Chris Johnson's relationship extends beyond the painted sidelines and stands of the football field.
When Delhi and Denair High soccer teams met earlier in the season, it was a grudge match that ended with a 1-0 win for the Hawks in the Southern Athletic League competition. This time, Delhi traveled to Denair and came out victorious once again, but by a larger margin.
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.
Close to 100 water polo athletes gathered in the waters of the Steve Feaver Aquatics Center last year for the first annual North vs. South High School Senior All-Star Game. The inaugural event featured eight teams and four matches and turned longtime opponents into teammates for one final high school competition.
The 2014 season is underway for Turlock's professional indoor soccer team and along with a new year, the Major Arena Soccer League has been implemented.
For the first time in school history, the California State University, Stanislaus women's soccer team is in the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Division II Championship after toppling Western Washington, 1-0, this past Saturday.
Pitman High softball prodigy, Alexis Mettler is one of the rare gifted young talents from the area who have proven extraordinary qualities for a student-athlete that everyone wishes to inquire over their career.
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