Championships are prized and elusive. Athletes dream of them, work towards them, and rejoice if they manage to earn one. And they are never forgotten.
Do you have a son or daughter that likes basketball? Are you a young basketball player yourself, hoping to improve your skills? Well in less than a month there will be two basketball camps in the area to choose from, the Bulldogs Boys Basketball Camp and the Stanislaus County Elite Basketball Camp.
Pitman High passed its first playoff test on Tuesday with a 3-1 victory over Franklin High's girls soccer team. The Pride controlled the majority of the game as they battled the Yellowjackets from Stockton under the glowing sun.
It was a war of attrition on Tuesday as Pitman High hosted Turlock High in their third and final matchup of the season. The Bulldogs (8-7 CCC) and Pride (9-6 CCC) had split their first two meetings of the year but Tuesday's matchup was about more than bragging rights, it was about third place in the Central California Conference and playoffs.
After dominating its conference competition and finishing the 2012 season as undefeated champions, Turlock High took part in Monday's Divisional Tournament, teeing off against the likes of Golden Valley High, Modesto High, and St. Mary's High. The Bulldogs finished the day in third place with a stroke count of 414, two strokes behind second place Modesto. St. Mary's took the top spot with a 390.
Athletes from Turlock Junior High and Dutcher Middle School took part in the 2012 Jr. Relays County Meet at Modesto Junior College on Saturday and finished the day with a number of first place finishers and a couple of record breakers to boot.
League singles champion Scott Gray of Turlock High had high hopes for this year's Sac-Joaquin Section tournament, but a rematch with Napa High's Stewart Miller in the semi-final round didn't go Gray's way.
For the first time in school history, Pitman High's softball team is number one in the Central California Conference.
Three more students from Pitman High signed letters of intent on Wednesday to play at the college level. Ashley Solis, Julia Brewer, and Kamau "Tiqi" Brown committed to their respective colleges as their parents, coaches, teammates, and friends shared the moment, and in some cases tears, with the soon to be collegiate athletes.
The third time was the charm for Turlock High's girls soccer team. After two ties the Bulldogs finally defeated rival Pitman High on Tuesday in their third conference matchup of the season, 2-1. The victory brought the Central California Conference crown back to Turlock and denied the Pride back to back championship seasons.
Turlock High's boys golf team put the cherry on top of their stellar 2012 campaign with a first place finish at the Central California Conference Tournament on Monday. The Bulldogs finished the day with a score of 419, a full 28 strokes ahead of second place Golden Valley High, solidifying their position as outright CCC champions.
Conference competition has ended for Turlock and Pitman High's swim teams with Saturday's conclusion to the 2012 CCC Conference Meet. Pitman's girls were the big winners between the cross-town rivals, finishing second in the meet and second overall in the Central California Conference.
Cacey Clark will soon be making a big move from the small, quiet town of Denair to another small, quiet town - Crete, Neb. Clark, a three-year starter on Denair High's soccer team, recently received a full ride scholarship from Doane College, fulfilling a dream eight years in the making.
Turlock's Chris Falkenberg is relatively new to the sport of dirt track racing but he hasn't let that stop him from winning - or having fun. Falkenberg, who races in Chowchilla, Merced and Watsonville, recently won three straight races and currently sits in first place at both the Merced and Chowchilla tracks, which is not an easy feat for a rookie.
Turlock High's Scott Gray became the first Bulldog boys tennis player to win the Central California Conference singles tournament three years in a row after his 6-2, 6-3 victory over Pitman High's Morcos Boutros on Thursday.
Delhi High's boys basketball team pulled double duty on Thursday. First they put their brains to the test for finals, then they kicked off the Denair Holiday Classic with a game against Linden High.
Denair High nearly upset Ripon High on the wrestling mat Wednesday night, out-pinning the Indians four to six, but 18 points from a trio of forfeits was too much for the Coyotes to overcome. With holes at the 106-pound, 160-pound and Heavyweight weight classes, Denair dropped its first dual meet of the season, 30-41.
Lewis Gonzalez made his way back into the winner's circle Saturday night at World Series of Fighting 16 in Sacramento when he earned a split decision victory over Justin Buchholz.
Another solid effort from Turlock High on the court has landed the Bulldogs in the finals of the Frank Godinez Boys Basketball Tournament for the third year in a row.
Four months have passed since Lewis Gonzalez suffered his first career loss at the hands of Luis Palomino in the World Series of Fighting 12 main event in Las Vegas. Those familiar with Gonzalez had grown accustomed to watching the Lightweight prospect pummel his way through the division and a loss, especially via KO, was the last thing that was expected.
Turlock High hit the court with a bang Thursday night in the first day of the 38th annual Frank Godinez Boys Basketball Tournament with a 66-37 win over Ceres High, snapping a two-game losing streak and setting up a game with Ripon High tonight.
Oh the dynamics of Sunday's Battle of the Bay between the Oakland Raiders and the San Francisco 49ers. Since their first meeting in 1970, the Bay Bridge rivals have always provided fodder for fans and media when they play. What else would you expect from a pair of proud NFL organizations separated by only 34 miles?
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