High-class wrestlers are often separated by the slimmest of margins - a point, a move, a mistake. This is especially true at the CIF State Wrestling Championships where the best wrestlers California has to offer come together to decide who's number one.
Wrestling season is over for all but one of Pitman High's four State representatives after day one of the CIF State Championships. Though they entered Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield with the same podium dreams as teammate Angel Velasquez, Pride wrestlers Isiah Perez (113), Adam Velasquez (120) and Gilbert Valadez (145) will be fulfilling supporting roles today after being eliminated from the State Tournament on Friday.
Angel Velasquez is only two matches away from becoming a State champion. It's an unexpected position for the Pride senior, not because of lack of skill or ability, but because he was barred from competition for much of the 2014-15 wrestling season while his eligibility as a transfer was reviewed.
Today marks the beginning of the end of the wrestling season with the 2015 CIF State Boys Wrestling Championships. Wrestlers from all over California, who have had March 6 circled on their calendars all year, have flooded into the Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield for the first day of competition to test their mettle and chase a dream.
It was a rematch of last year's Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI Girls Basketball Championship on Thursday when Turlock Christian High and Valley Christian High met on the court at Galt High. The Eagles entered the game keen on avenging the 7-point loss that landed them in the runners up position in 2014, but in the end history repeated itself as TC fell 52-59 and the Lions became back-to-back Div.VI champions.
Pitman High entered the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Championships in Stockton on Friday with the aim to match or best its performance from a season ago in which four of its wrestlers qualified for the State Championships. While the Pride fielded the exact same number of qualifiers as last season, Angel Velasquez's (132 pound) championship effort on the mat solidified the 2014-15 season as Pitman's most successful ever. The Pride also put in its best team performance to date with an 8th place finish.
Sandra Tovar is back in the winner's circle a little more than four months after suffering only the third loss of her amateur career. Tovar, representing the Delhi High 51FIFTY Boxing Club, avenged her previous loss with an unanimous decision victory over Hermelinda Mendoza of Battle Fit Gym at the Black Star Boxing Show in Sacramento on Saturday.
The 2015 spring season just began on Wednesday for Hilmar High, but already the Yellowjackets have four matches under their belt and at least one more scheduled for today. It's the kind of starting schedule one would expect from a team trying to improve on a fourth place Trans Valley League finish last season.
The boys' basketball season is officially over for Turlock High after Wednesday's 89-54 playoff loss to Sheldon High in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I Boys Basketball Championships. The reigning Central California Conference champions met their match in the Huskies (19-6 overall) who showed the Bulldogs (16-11 overall) how they became Delta League champs and why they were seeded second in the tournament.
The post season has always been a tough road for local wrestling teams, but with this year's shakeup of the post season format - specifically the inclusion of Folsom and Del Oro High in the new Sac-Joaquin Section Division I AA Championships - that road proved to be even more difficult for Turlock and Pitman High.
Hilmar, Delhi and Denair High are each sending one wrestler to this weekend's Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Championships at the Stockton Arena after their respective 12th, 13th and 14th place finishes in the team standings at the SJS Division V Championships last weekend.
Despite claiming the Central California Conference championship this season, Turlock found itself seeded 15th in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I Championships when the playoff brackets were released earlier this week, setting up a buy-in game at home against 18th seed Edison High on Friday.
Southern Athletic League competitors Denair and Delhi High finished a respective third and fourth in the overall team standings at the SAL League Tournament last weekend with both breaking program records for divisional qualifiers.
Hilmar High placed third in team standings at Saturday's Trans Valley League Championships and qualified eight of its ten active wrestlers for the Divisional Championships.
For the second time in as many weeks, Pitman High watched two of its student-athletes sign letters of intent and secure a future in athletics at the college level. Maddy Bowen and Alexis Mettler signed their respective letters for Chico State and the University of Deleware Tuesday afternoon in what has become a Pride tradition in the Pitman library.
League championships for boys golf will be held on Monday for schools across the area. These tournaments are typically a place for teams to put in one final, solid performance in the hopes of qualifying for Divisionals as a team, but for Turlock and Hilmar High, its respective tournaments will instead be a formality as its boys have a ticket to Divisionals all but in the bag.
Alyssa Stockton has experienced her fair share of success during her 11 years in a softball uniform, but her biggest achievement was undoubtedly reached on Friday when she signed her letter of intent for California State University, Bakersfield where she will become one of the Roadrunners' pitchers.
The California Collegiate Athletic Association Track and Field Championships are fast approaching for the Warriors of California State University, Stanislaus with both the Men's and Women's teams preparing for the April 30 competition at San Francisco State University.
For the second year in a row, Turlock High has finished the Central California Conference season with a perfect record and a league title, a feat that was cemented with an 8-1 win over rival Pitman High at home on Thursday.
The Sportsmen of Stanislaus club has been recognizing athletic achievements in the form of the Outstanding Athlete Award for several decades, celebrating and rewarding athletes from Stanislaus County for their success and ability in their respective sports. Players, coaches, teams and community contributors from all over the county have had the honor to win an OAA award, and tonight, at the 48th annual OAA banquet, four athletes from Turlock have the opportunity to be added to that list.
Black jerseys, face paint and an ocean of enthusiasm. These are the calling cards of the Raider Nation, which were on full display when Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr visited Monte Vita Chapel on Monday to share his testimony of faith.
With only five games left in the Central California Conference season, Pitman High softball is on a mission to dethrone two-time defending CCC champs Merced High. The Pride continued their hunt for the Bears' first place position on Friday with a 10-1 home win against rival Turlock High, extending their league record to 9-6 and closing Merced's lead by only two games.
The Turlock Wrestling Club marked the end of the Folkstyle season with an 11th place team finish at last weekend's 2015 Flo Reno Worlds Championships. Eight of the club's 28 participating wrestlers placed fifth or better in their respective brackets, including Mason Ontiveros (60) who won gold in the 6U division.
Gymnastics. It's a sport that receives the bulk of its attention during the Olympics, at least from the average sports fan. But while mainstream focus might only highlight gymnastics in an annual fashion, gymnasts themselves are training year round. - eating, sleeping and living gymnastics.
Pitman High hosted rival Turlock High Tuesday afternoon in the second cross-town soccer match of the season. The Bulldogs (7-2-1 CCC) entered the match on a five-game win streak and with a share of first place in the Central California Conference. The Pride (4-4-2 CCC) entered with third-place status in the CCC and the memory of their last meeting with Turlock, a 3-1 loss, fresh in their minds.
With the end of the regular season in sight, Turlock, Pitman and Hilmar High golf took a break from the Central California Conference and the Trans Valley League for non-league competition at the Pitman Invitational at the Diablo Grande Golf & Country Club in Patterson on Monday.
Turlock High softball started this season's Central California Conference campaign o the right foot, winning three of its first five league games after winning a total of only two league games last season. After back-to-back one-run wins against Merced and Buhach Colony High the Bulldogs hit a snag, however, as they skid into spring break with a pair of losses to Atwater and Golden Valley High.
This year's 16U Rage Volleyball squad based out of Ripon - a true 15U team that placed second in last year's 14U Junior National Championships - won the Windy City Qualifier in Chicago last weekend with a 9-0 effort that included a straight-set finals win over the Texas Tornadoes.
Hilmar High's track team is, as it has been for some time, on the small side this year. Not physically, but in overall numbers. There are roughly 40 athletes filling the overall roster, most of whom are young, which has made the 2015 hunt for the Trans Valley League title a non-issue for the Yellowjackets.
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