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.
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.
Preseason is currently underway for the Trans Valley League and Southern Athletic League softball teams and also the hopes of a successful campaign this upcoming season.
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.
Basketball season is over and wrestling season is winding down. Winter is making way for spring, and you know what that means-baseball is upon us.
For only the fourth time in school history the Turlock Christian girls' basketball squad is moving on to the Sac Joaquin Section D-VI championship game after trouncing Sacramento Adventist 52-38, in the semifinal game on Thursday night.
It was a bittersweet ending for the Turlock Christian boys' basketball unit on Wednesday night in the opening round of the Sac Joaquin Section D-VI tournament against Stockton Christian.
Turlock already has a professional indoor soccer team in the Turlock Express, two collegiate teams that represent California State University, Stanislaus, a pair of high school programs with several championships to their names, and established youth and travel leagues that develop talent on a regular basis. It's safe to say the game of soccer is well represented in the area.
After defeating Stagg High in the Division I Sac-Joaquin Section out-bracket game last week, Turlock High's boys' basketball team knew it would have to play perfectly if they were upset number one seed Jesuit High in Tuesday's first-round playoff game-and for one half of play they did just that.
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