It was a successful day Wednesday for the wrestlers at Turlock, Pitman and Hilmar highs. The three teams won their first league duals against Merced, Atwater and Orestimba High, respectively.
Turlock High's first league opponent was Buhach Colony High, one of the projected front runners for the CCC title this season. The Bulldogs faced the Thunder Wednesday night at home in a confidence building 62-56 win.
The beginning of league play can be a stressful time for teams in the Valley. Although the first couple of games won't break a team's chances at a league title, they can serve as the foundation for future success and indicate what the rest of the season holds.
After 20 years at Denair High School Therion Gregory has retired. Gregory turned in his resignation in December and has since moved to Utah where he plans on finishing his education.
Denair High's girls basketball team had an easy time defeating Waterford High Tuesday night. The Coyotes finished 49-22, securing the win in their first league game.
The NFL's regular season is over and it's time for the playoffs, that special three-week stretch that ends with the grandest of events - The Super Bowl.
Young men often turn to athletics in pursuit of confidence and camaraderie. Some simply want to have fun, but most athletes strive to compete and have a deep desire to win. They follow in the footsteps of their role models and try to emulate the things they've seen, hoping their efforts will parlay into future success.
The men's basketball team at California State University, Stanislaus blew by Dominican University Thursday 82-68. The Warriors (7-2) were led by Reggie Jones who finished the game with 24 points, 17 of which came in the first quarter. Jones also recorded 10 rebounds against the Penguins (1-10) who surprised those in attendance with a competitive first half.
In the first round of the Youth National Championship Tournament the Turlock Vikings were pitted against the Texas Wrecking Crew, an All-Star team twice their size. The majority of those who face the Wrecking Crew quit by halftime but Turlock stuck it out on Tuesday, doing their best to compete in the 30-0 loss.
Soccer fans rejoice; Turlock is now home to its first professional sports team, the Turlock Express. In their first year at the professional level the Express (6-3) are in second place of the Professional Arena Soccer League's Western Division and undefeated at home. Turlock will try and extend their perfect record at home Friday when they host the Tijuana Revolucion at the Turlock Indoor Soccer facility.
Since graduating from Turlock High in 2010 and joining Modesto Junior College's women's soccer team Sara Latham has experienced a high degree of success. Last year she was named to the All Regional Team, last fall she was named Big 8 Conference Player of the Year and last week she was selected to the JC All-American Division III team.
I didn't know what to expect out of this year's basketball season; before December I hadn't watched a high school basketball game for at least four years. I did know that Turlock and Pitman would be in constant competition with each other for bragging rights and that Turlock, as defending CCC champions, would be the team to beat.
For more than 20 years the Turlock Youth Football program has groomed young players and produced countless championship teams. Now, for the first time in TYF history, young Turlockers have the opportunity to showcase their skills at the national level when a hybrid 49er/Viking team travels to Dallas, Texas Christmas week to compete in the Youth National Championship Tournament.
Turlock High's wrestling team continued its streak of success Wednesday morning during a four-way dual that included Freedom High, Oak Ridge High and Central Catholic High. The Bulldogs (19-1) dominated the event that lasted well over four hours, defeating the Falcons 47-9, the Trojans 51-24 and the Raiders 48-17.
One of Pitman High's goals coming into this year's basketball season was to earn a first place tournament finish before league play began. After finishing 3rd in the Frank Godinez tournament the Pride's last shot at their short-term goal was the Ceres tournament, where they got off to a shaky start.
Turlock and Pitman High kicked off track season on Friday by going the distance, joining 16 other high schools at Joe Debely Stadium for the Pitman Distance Wars. But while only a handful of each team's track competitors actually saw action on Friday, their respective rosters-sprinters, jumpers, and throwers-were in attendance to cheer their teammates on.
Basketball season is over and wrestling season is winding down. Winter is making way for spring, and you know what that means-baseball is upon us.
Wrestling is arguably the oldest sport in history, but what won't be argued is that it is one of the toughest and most demanding. A one-on-one contest that requires peak physical conditioning and lasting mental fortitude, wrestling is a test of true grit. Young athletes develop dedication for the sport through years of practice, but that's not the only quality that can be cultivated in a wrestling room. Dedication, perseverance, and self-determination-these qualities are also shaped by the sport and often influence more than just the athletic aspect of a person's character.
The California Interscholastic Federation State Wrestling Championships is two days away. After countless hours of practice and months of preparation-and in some cases years-seven local wrestlers are on the cusp of what will be the biggest stage of their wrestling careers. They're State bound.
The Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament, the final stop before every high school wrestler's apex dream-the State Tournament.
Late February and early March is crunch time for high school wrestlers. After months of hard work in wrestling rooms, wrestlers either see their labor rewarded with divisional, sectional, and state success or they see the flame of their season extinguished. It's the defining high stakes nature of a sport that requires a high degree of dedication.
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