After two and a half years at Turlock Christian High, Shane Smith, former head football coach and current athletic director, is stepping away. Smith, who coached the Eagles during the 2011 and 2012 season before turning in his whistle for the athletic director position duties in 2013, has decided to resign at the end of this school year to accept a teaching and coaching position at Modesto Christian High at the beginning of the 2014 school year.
The Central California Conference met the Trans Valley League Wednesday afternoon when Hilmar High traveled to the Steve Feaver Aquatic Center to face off against Turlock High in a non-league swim meet.
Golf preseason is in full swing for local high schools. Turlock, Pitman, Turlock Christian and Hilmar High have been hitting the golf courses as they strive for another successful year with some new and also returning golfers.
Three local teams are preparing for the beginning of track season in the Southern Athletic League. Turlock Christian, Delhi, and Denair High have been conditioning and training their respective athletes for the past couple months with some in search of a SAL championship and others simply in search of competition.
Hilmar High's Devon Mederios is the latest local athlete to secure an athletic future at the collegiate level after signing his letter of intent with Sacramento State University's football team. Mederios, who was a key component of the Yellowjackets' 13-1 season in 2013, will join the Hornets' roster as a walk-on at the kicker position.
The 2013-14 year was the most successful season to-date for the California State University, Stanislaus men's basketball team as the Warriors topped out in wins (21) for the season and won their first ever California Collegiate Athletic Association title after trouncing Chico State 82-70 last weekend.
For the second time in three years, the Turlock Christian girls' basketball unit fell in the section title game, this time to Valley Christian, in a game that didn't seem to fall TC's way from the outset.
Normally, fans from the area have to watch their favorite soccer players on TV, but on Wednesday night, the town of Turlock gathered to watch a professional Major League Soccer team in person as the San Jose Earthquakes came into town to wrap up their preseason with a friendly contest against Sacramento Republic FC.
John Cook won back-to-back California Collegiate Athletic Association championships as California State University, Stanislaus' men's golf coach and earned four CCAA Coach of the Year awards during his seven years with the Warriors, so it came as no surprise when the University of Pacific offered him the position as the Tigers' men's golf head coach.
The development of former Turlock High Bulldog Dakota Edwards has seen its ups and downs at the collegiate level but after an impressive summer baseball outing the previous week, the local right-handed pitcher seems to be on the upswing.
Lewis Gonzalez is officially a UFC fighter. Less than two months after requesting a release from his World Series of Fighting contract and putting his MMA career in a state of uncertainty, Gonzalez has been asked to fight on the preliminary card of Saturday's UFC Fight Night 70 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, FL where he will face Brazilian fighter Leandro "Buscape" Silva.
Coming off a rivalry victory, the Stanislaus Babe Ruth Cardinals battled in two doubleheader series this past weekend, beginning with a Friday matchup against Hollister and concluding on Sunday night against Bullard.
When Bubba Moreno hung up his football cleats at the end of fall, his basketball sneakers at the end of winter and his baseball cleats at the end of spring, he looked towards his collegiate future with athletic uncertainty.