Rusty Stivers is attacking the field in more ways than one. The first year head football coach at Modesto Junior College, and Hilmar native, is looking to make a difference that hasn't been seen before-increase student transfer rates.
Pitman High had a fairly successful season last year, finishing third in the Central California Conference with a 6-5-4 record and advancing to the quarterfinals of the Sac Joaquin Section Division I Boys Soccer Playoffs.
Its August, and not only is it the start of American football but also association football, or more commonly known as soccer in the states, is right around the corner and the Southern Athletic League is eager to take the field.
Hurdles were always Mallory Patino's forte. Before graduating from Turlock High in 2013, Patino earned a name for herself on the track with three consecutive Central California Conference titles in the 300m hurdles.
Conditioning is done and on Monday the Hilmar Youth Football Packers began their first week of practice as the Jr. Novice, Novice, JV and Varsity levels all laced up their cleats and padded up for the start of a fresh season.
Last year, Mariya Fefilova joined California State University, Monterey Bay as an outside back for the women's soccer team and encountered familiar circumstances for any freshman collegiate athlete. A 2014 Turlock High graduate who led her Bulldogs to three Central California Conference championships, Fefilova was a proverbial soccer star in high school who never had to worry about starting a game or how many minutes she would play.