Last season should have been Kevin Kramer's third with the UCLA baseball team. The Turlock native and former Turlock Bulldog was supposed to be the Bruins' third baseman and one of their more consistent hitters. Instead, Kramer was forced to redshirt his junior year as he underwent shoulder surgery and had to watch as his team experienced a losing season with an overall record of 25-30-1 and a Pac-12 record of 12-18.
All Turlock High had to do to beat Atwater High on Thursday was show up to the Turlock Golf and Country Club with a complete team. With only four golfers, the Falcons were forced to forfeit to the Bulldogs in the third Central California Conference match of the season.
It's not unheard of for a team to play with a person down due to injury, illness or other unforeseen circumstances. Playing with two holes in your starting lineup, however, is rare and hard to recover from, especially when the missing players fill important positions like third base and catcher.
Pitman High junior Rayana Plancarte scored two goals in the second half of Thursday's game as the Pride controlled the tempo for the remainder of the contest and shutout their Central California Conference foe, Atwater, 2-0.
Coming off a 0-1 loss to Atwater late in the game, the Pitman Pride softball team was quick to learn from the loss and move on as they toppled Buhach Colony at home on Wednesday with a 5-1 win behind the arm of starter Alexis Mettler.
It had been nearly five years since the Turlock High varsity softball team defeated Merced and after half a decade of turmoil the Bulldogs ended the streak with a remarkable 4-3 win on Wednesday afternoon.
It was a reversal of roles for Pitman High tennis when its boys hosted Atwater High on Thursday. Two days after losing to Golden Valley High 4-5, the Pride pulled off a one-match win of their own, 5-4, against the Falcons to bring their record in the Central California Conference to 1-1.
It has been a quiet start in the newly renovated Central California Athletic Alliance for the Turlock Christian (2-4) baseball team after suffering another league loss to Big Valley Christian (7-1) at Pedretti Park on Thursday, 10-0 after a mercy-rule victory.
In his first year as the head coach for the Turlock Christian High softball team, Randy Hopkins and the lady Eagles battled with a team that had yet to reach its potential as they went on to earn a 1-13 Southern Athletic League record.
The U13 Rage Volleyball squad was led by two soon-to-be Hilmar High Yellowjackets, as they sent their youngest team of five to the USA Junior National American Championships which took place at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center this past weekend and concluded on Monday.
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.