For the past decade, Turlock and Pitman High have been in the thick of the hunt for the Central California Conference baseball championship, testing each other and the rest of their opposition each season in what is often a neck and neck race for the league title.
Rain or shine, in league competition or in a clash of counties, Pitman High's track team, both boys and girls, are on a hot streak of success.
Less than one month after he capped his senior year at Turlock High with a 7th place finish at the State Tournament, Albino Orozco again found himself on the mat, only this time he was competing against the best wrestlers the nation, not just California, had to offer.
It was a matchup between top-tier and lower-tier Southern Athletic League teams Friday afternoon when 7th place Turlock Christian High hosted 2nd place Delhi High in a game that was originally scheduled to be played on Wednesday.
James Hollister's reputation precedes itself. Serving 47 years as the track and field coach at Turlock Junior High, his name is synonymous with running and fitness by most in Turlock.
After two and a half years at Turlock Christian High, Shane Smith, former head football coach and current athletic director, is stepping away. Smith, who coached the Eagles during the 2011 and 2012 season before turning in his whistle for the athletic director position duties in 2013, has decided to resign at the end of this school year to accept a teaching and coaching position at Modesto Christian High at the beginning of the 2014 school year.
Turlock and Pitman High softball teams marked the end of the first round of league play with an old fashioned rivalry game Tuesday afternoon. In the first cross-town matchup of the season, the Pride welcomed the Bulldogs to Arrowhead Field where the two waged a defensive battle for much of the game.
Turlock Christian High continued its uphill battle against its Southern Athletic League opponents when the Eagles softball team hosted Mariposa County High on Friday. Though the Lady Eagles showed signs of improvement against Waterford High a week ago-losing by only three runs as opposed to double digits-they were ultimately unable to overcome the Grizzlies as they lost 13-1 in five innings.
The Central California Conference met the Trans Valley League Wednesday afternoon when Hilmar High traveled to the Steve Feaver Aquatic Center to face off against Turlock High in a non-league swim meet.
Denair High's tennis team completed the first of its three-round league schedule with a win over Turlock Christian High on Wednesday as its boys and girls earned an 8-1 victory.
The participants of the second annual County Clash Meet, between Stanislaus and Merced counties on March 29, were decided on Friday at the Stanislaus County Meet, which saw 60 local athletes make the top-eight cut of their respective events.
Delhi High's softball team earned a much needed win over Southern Athletic League rival Denair High Friday afternoon to improve its league record to an even 1-1. Just two days after dropping a one-run loss to Mariposa High in the seventh inning, the Hawks beat back the Coyotes 7-2 to set up must-win matchup against Waterford High on Wednesday.
Three local teams are preparing for the beginning of track season in the Southern Athletic League. Turlock Christian, Delhi, and Denair High have been conditioning and training their respective athletes for the past couple months with some in search of a SAL championship and others simply in search of competition.
Hilmar High's Devon Mederios is the latest local athlete to secure an athletic future at the collegiate level after signing his letter of intent with Sacramento State University's football team. Mederios, who was a key component of the Yellowjackets' 13-1 season in 2013, will join the Hornets' roster as a walk-on at the kicker position.
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.
It's been half a year since Turlock's Lewis Gonzalez was forced to withdraw from what would have been his first shot at a World Series of Fighting championship belt. Scheduled to face Justin Gaethje on Jan. 18, Gonzalez suffered a knee injury weeks prior to the event and was forced to sit and watch as Gaethje defeated his replacement, Richard Patishnock, via TKO to become WSOF's inaugural Lightweight Champion.
Over the past few years Turlock's downtown scene has experienced a revitalization, forging a new identity for itself with a combination of craft beer and nightlife destinations. After nearly a year of anticipation, Downtown Turlock again adds to its newly formed reputation as a Central Valley hotspot with the opening of Memo's Cocina and Tequila Bar.
Turlock High's FFA program has been a California powerhouse for the better part of the last decade, having earned eight consecutive Chapter Group titles at both the State and Stanislaus County Fairs in addition to laying claim to Most Outstanding Project awards during seven of those years.
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By mid-afternoon Saturday the sun was beating down on Turlock and most people were hiding from the heat in the comfort of their homes, relaxing on couches with their air conditioners pumping.
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