Turlock High's girls soccer team continued its streak of success against Merced High on Tuesday night. Under the lights in Joe Debely Stadium - and in the rain - the Bulldogs (6-0-1 CCC) beat the Bears (2-3-2 CCC) 3-1, remaining undefeated and in the number one spot in the Central California Conference.
Turlock High's Tyler Murphy helped the Bulldogs (2-3 CCC) overcome Golden Valley High (2-3 CCC) on Tuesday as he manned the mound for all seven innings. Murphy opened the game with five straight strike outs and ended the day with a total of 13 strike outs in the 4-1 victory over the Cougars.
The Southern Athletic League welcomed a new tennis program last season as Denair High joined the fold. This year the SAL has another newcomer, Turlock Christian High, which should result in a higher level of competition on the court in the years to come.
After a successful softball career at Hilmar High, Stesha Brazil traveled to the University of Houston to strike out on her own and continue her playing days. A year passed at Houston and Brazil quickly found herself missing the familiar, more specifically her family, and so she decided to return to the Valley, mitt in hand. Now, Brazil is a Fresno State Bulldog helping her new team chase the top spot in the WAC - all while her family watches.
Turlock High held its second league meet at home against Buhach Colony High on Friday. The lady Bulldogs made a splash in the pool with a 102-77 victory over the Thunder, but the boys couldn't replicate the performance, losing 95-81.
In the past Delhi athletics hasn't had much to brag about. The high school hasn't had a team or season to point to and draw pride from in many years. Last season the Hawks began to chip away at that façade in one of the most unlikely of places - the tennis court.
The girls of Turlock and Pitman high's softball teams haven't quite experienced the success they expected at the beginning of the season. The Pride (2-2 CCC) and Bulldogs (0-4 CCC) currently sit in a three way tie for third and sixth place, respectively, in league.
Turlock (5-1 CCC) and Pitman High (6-0 CCC) met on the tennis court Wednesday with undefeated league records. Only one team could walk away from the cross town matchup with an unblemished record and bragging rights. After six singles matches and three doubles matches, the Pride prevailed with a convincing 7-2 victory, sweeping the singles competitions and taking one doubles match.
From the rough to the green, rain or shine, the boys at Turlock and Pitman High are teeing off. That's right; it's time for high school golf.
The Brenda Athletic Club Invitational at California State University, Stanislaus was intended to host 28 schools but Saturday's downpour forced ten of those schools to cancel their appearances and several others to pull out of the event early. Turlock and Denair High were among those who decided to avoid the cold, wet weather but Turlock Christian High braved the elements, competing against the remaining schools who decided the forty degree weather and rain wouldn't keep them off the track.
Turlock and Pitman High met for the first time this season Tuesday afternoon as girls from both schools assembled at the Turlock Regional Sports Complex. After 90 minutes of effort neither the Bulldogs (4-0-1 CCC) nor the Pride (3-0-2 CCC) walked away with a win. The final score was 1-1.
Pitman High's baseball team set out at the beginning of the season intent on bringing home its first Central California Conference championship. Last weekend the Pride (1-1 CCC, 8-2 overall) won their first Pedretti Tournament Championship in what many hope is a good omen for the rest of the year.
High school wrestling season has ended but a handful of wrestlers continue to compete, sharpening their skills and staying in shape for next season. Those wrestlers, members of the Turlock Wrestling Club, took part in the 2012 Cadet-Junior Folkstyle State Championships last weekend and their performances earned TWC a team championship in both the Cadet and Junior classes.
Tony Merafuentes has been a taekwondo practitioner for 35 years and an instructor for 22 of those years. Merafuentes' instructing career began in Modesto when he was just 24 years old, but three years ago he brought his knowledge and love for the Korean martial art to the Turlock Academy on East Main.
While high school swim teams around the area focus on team scores and performances, Hilmar and Turlock Christian high's focus is aimed at the individual level. Due to their small numbers and the absence of team swimming in their leagues, the Yellowjackets and Eagles have been forced to forge their own path in the water.
The streak continues for the Pitman High Pride who recorded their 22nd consecutive straight-set victory on Monday with a 25-17, 25-17, and 25-4 win over Turlock High. Now ranked 74th in the nation and 14th in the state of California, the Pride comfortably sit atop the Central California Conference standings while Turlock sits in second place.
The San Francisco 49ers are finished.
Southern Athletic League rivals Delhi and Denair High opened league play Friday night with a slug fest that was reflective of the two teams' equal standing. Entering the game with identical 2-1 records, the Hawks (3-1 overall, 1-0 SAL) and Coyotes (2-2 overall, 0-1 SAL) took turns thrilling their crowds with big hits on defense and scrappy play on offense.
Q. You were a standout sophomore on the court for Hilmar volleyball. Have you made any changes to your game for your junior season?
It's been almost a full two weeks since the majority of local volleyball teams started league competition, with Trans Valley League teams being the exception. The late start to league-play has resulted in slim pickings for Hilmar High's volleyball team in terms of opponents, but on Thursday the Yellowjackets managed to lure Los Banos High to their homecourt during a bye week for the Tigers.
Delhi High's volleyball team fell short against Le Grand High in the Hawks' second Southern League matchup of the season on Tuesday. The Lady Hawks tested the Bulldogs through four sets, but ultimately walked away from the court with a 3-1 loss (13-25, 25-14, 21-25, and 13-25).
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