In the world of sports there are two options for struggling teams; either lie down or step up.
Pitman High finished its season undefeated on the tennis court with a 9-0 victory over Buhach Colony High on Tuesday. The Pride (10-0 CCC) had already solidified their position as Central California Conference Champions prior to the match.
The four day Dick Windemuth Easter Baseball Tournament was cut short on Thursday as heavy rain forced officials to cancel the event. After only two games Turlock and Pitman High were sent home, the Bulldogs 0-2 and the Pride 2-0 in the tournament.
While baseball and softball teams watched Wednesday's downpour, wondering if they would play or not, Denair and Turlock Christian high athletes stepped on to the track at Joe Debely Stadium ready to compete in the third Southern Athletic Track meet of the season. The Coyotes and Eagles joined the other SAL schools on the track and field as the rain came and went in 15 to 20 minute intervals, undeterred by the windy, wet, cold weather.
Hilmar High's 3rd annual Easter baseball tournament kicked off on Wednesday, welcoming six schools from across the area for four days of friendly, yet fierce competition. The Yellowjackets (4-2 TVL) played their first game on Thursday, facing off against the Southern Athletic League's Le Grand High. Prior to the game some feared that the heavy rain would delay the matchup but the weather cleared long enough for Hilmar to take a 12-6 win over the Bulldogs.
It was a homecoming of sorts on Monday night for former Pitman High standout baseball player Bradin Hagens. Hagens, a current member of the Visalia Rawhide, was back in the Valley to face the Modesto Nuts.
Martial arts has experienced an uptick in enthusiasm in the last few years as kids, teenagers and adults flock to the various disciplines to learn self defense and respect while satisfying their competitive tendencies. Enthusiasm alone often isn't enough for some, however, as the cost to train, equip oneself, and compete has kept some potential martial artists away from the sports.
Pitman High's boys and girls sailed to convincing victories over Turlock High on Thursday. The Pride hosted the Bulldogs in their first Central California Conference meet of the season as their boys won 112-64 and their girls won 108-75.
It was windy and cold when Turlock and Pitman high met on the track of Joe Debely Stadium on Wednesday. In their first and only head to head meet of the season the Bulldogs and Pride competed neck and neck in nearly every event as their athletes vied for personal bests and a team victory.
Pitman High continued its quest to the top of the Central California Conference softball standings this week with its sweep of rival Turlock High. The Pride (6-2 CCC) played the Bulldogs (0-8 CCC) on Wednesday and Thursday, winning their first matchup 8-2 and their second 10-0.
After some scheduling changes, Turlock and Pitman High finally met at the Turlock Country Club for their first Central California Conference matchup. Wednesday's winds proved to be a daunting obstacle as the Bulldogs (6-0 CCC) and Pride (4-2 CCC) chipped away at the course hole by hole.
Last time Turlock and Pitman High met on the tennis court the Pride (9-0 CCC) defeated a Bulldog (7-2 CCC) team that was missing its top three singles players. On Tuesday the cross town rivals met once again, in their final matchup of the season, to decide who would claim this year's Central California Conference championship.
Turlock and Pitman high met on the baseball field Tuesday afternoon for the first time this season. The Bulldogs (4-3 CCC) and Pride (3-4 CCC) entered their matchup in a tie for third place in the Central California Conference, adding fuel to the already heated rivalry.
The girls of Turlock and Pitman high's soccer teams met for the second time on Tuesday night, this time under the lights at Joe Debely Stadium.
Turlock Christian High and Denair High played a series of baseball games on Wednesday and Friday, splitting the matchups. The Eagles (5-1 SAL) entered Wednesday's game at Pedretti Park undefeated but left with a loss after the Coyotes (2-4 SAL) earned a hard fought 4-3 victory. TC responded with vengeance on Friday, beating Denair 7-3.
Turlock has a rich tradition of football excellence. From Turlock High to Pitman High, and even Turlock Christian High, coming-of-age Turlockers have spent a majority of their formative years on the gridiron, locked in competition. As is the case in many other towns in the area, these players often get their start at the youth level where they learn the game, sharpen their skills and build friendships that can last a lifetime.
Hilmar High is two matches away from finishing with an undefeated Trans Valley League record for the second straight year, and only one match away from clinching the outright 2014 TVL title.
Turlock High put in its best performance of the season Friday night during its homecoming matchup against Atwater High, dominating the Falcons 56-7.
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Turlock High swept both the Central California Conference Singles tournament and Doubles tournament for the second year in a row on Thursday. Competing on the home courts of Atwater High, Mila Johns claimed the singles title while the newly formed team of Lauren Carlson and Courtnie Chan took the doubles title.
For the 11th season in a row, Turlock High has finished Central California Conference competition as champions in girls golf. The Bulldogs cemented their place as 2014 CCC title holders by shooting a 448 at Monday's CCC Championships in Atwater-86 strokes ahead of second place Pitman High.
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