Pitman High marked the 10th anniversary of its Rumble in the Jungle tournament with a second place team finish on Saturday as seven of its wrestlers competed in the finals of their respective weight classes - with a total of 12 finishing top six or better.
With 60 years of service to the Turlock community, Bilson's Sport Shop celebrated its diamond anniversary by being named the best sporting goods store in the Turlock Journal 2013 Readers' Choice survey.
There was a mutual understanding between Turlock and Pitman High that Thursday's Central California Conference dual meet would be determined by the team who secured the most bonus points. Coaches and wrestlers on both sides expected a hard-fought and close contest and for more than half of the dual meet, they were right.
Pitman High, Turlock High, and Hilmar High marked the midpoint of the prep wrestling season with a weekend trip to Gilroy for the 2014 Mid Cals Tournament where wrestlers did their best to earn their team's respective third, sixth, and 38th place finishes.
The struggles continue for Pitman High's girls basketball team. After finishing 9-8 in pre-league play, the Pride have since dropped their first three Central California Conference matchups, with the most recent loss coming at the hands of Atwater High in a 51-37 final on Thursday.
It was pin or be pinned Wednesday night when Denair High hosted Southern League rival Delhi High in the third dual meet of the season. All 11 of the night's matches were determined via pin with Denair claiming six individual wins and Delhi claiming five individual wins, a practical even split.
Turlock High is still undefeated in the Central California Conference with Wednesday's defeat of Buhach Colony High in the third dual meet of the season. But while the Bulldogs walked away with the team victory, it was anything but easy as the Thunder played it close in a 41-30 final.
The girls of Delhi High played the role of the Washington Generals to Ripon Christian's Harlem Globetrotters Tuesday night as the Hawks (0-6 SL, 1-13 Overall) and Knights (6-0 SL, 12-4 Overall) competed in the sixth Southern League game of the season.
Pitman High claimed its second consecutive team championship at the Jim Root Classic on Saturday, besting a field of 41 teams with 228 points.
Turlock High is walking out of week two of the Central California Conference boys basketball season with a perfect 2-0 record after Friday's 80-61 blowout of Buhach Colony High.
California State University, Stanislaus' Men's Basketball team heads into tonight's home game against Cal State Monterey Bay with a 5-3 record in the California Collegiate Athletic Association, but with a 6-0 record at home, the Warriors are aiming to remain perfect inside the Ed & Bertha Fitzpatrick Arena.
Pitman High followed up last week's thrilling, one-point victory over Golden Valley High in the Central California Conference opener with a dominating performance over Atwater High on Wednesday in a contest that saw the Pride win all 10 of the night's matches.
Opportunities in life are transitory. Here one minute and gone the next; they are to be seized and capitalized on whether in personal or professional arenas. But sometimes opportunities are fleeting by nature, dependent on external circumstances that are out of the control of those who stand to benefit from them.
It's the game Pitman High's girls had been waiting for all season - the Central California Conference home opener against defending league champions Buhach Colony High.
Turlock and Golden Valley High stood atop the wooden tiles that line the floor of Bulldog Arena in a familiar position Friday night. With the game clock minutes away from expiration, the scoreboard read 50-49-a one possession game.
It was a rematch of rivals on Saturday during the championship game of the 30th annual Atch Pedretti Tournament. Around this time last year, Turlock and Pitman High clashed over the Pedretti championship for the first time in the tournament's history, with the Bulldogs emerging victorious by landslide victory.
Turlock and Pitman High kicked off track season on Friday by going the distance, joining 16 other high schools at Joe Debely Stadium for the Pitman Distance Wars. But while only a handful of each team's track competitors actually saw action on Friday, their respective rosters-sprinters, jumpers, and throwers-were in attendance to cheer their teammates on.
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.
Wrestling is arguably the oldest sport in history, but what won't be argued is that it is one of the toughest and most demanding. A one-on-one contest that requires peak physical conditioning and lasting mental fortitude, wrestling is a test of true grit. Young athletes develop dedication for the sport through years of practice, but that's not the only quality that can be cultivated in a wrestling room. Dedication, perseverance, and self-determination-these qualities are also shaped by the sport and often influence more than just the athletic aspect of a person's character.
The California Interscholastic Federation State Wrestling Championships is two days away. After countless hours of practice and months of preparation-and in some cases years-seven local wrestlers are on the cusp of what will be the biggest stage of their wrestling careers. They're State bound.
The Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament, the final stop before every high school wrestler's apex dream-the State Tournament.
Late February and early March is crunch time for high school wrestlers. After months of hard work in wrestling rooms, wrestlers either see their labor rewarded with divisional, sectional, and state success or they see the flame of their season extinguished. It's the defining high stakes nature of a sport that requires a high degree of dedication.
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