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.
Turlock High was out to a good start on Thursday when they traveled to Merced High to face the conference leading Bears (9-3 CCC). The Bulldogs (6-6 CCC) scored twice in the beginning of the first inning and looked to be on their way to collecting more runs with no outs and the bases loaded. Unfortunately for Turlock, Merced's defense held strong in the first inning and its offense showcased its tenacity in the second and third innings, paving the way for a tight 10-9 victory.
The girls of Pitman High's track team are now one step away from claiming the Central California Conference championship after their 10 point victory, 73-63, over Atwater High on Wednesday. Freshman Lauren Cariaso helped lead the Pride's ladies (3-0-1 CCC) to their victory in the rain with three first place finishes in the 100m, 4x100m relay, and triple jump events.
Turlock High welcomed Atwater High to the Turlock Country Club on Thursday for the final conference golf matchup of the season. The Bulldogs defeated the Falcons 257-222, remaining undefeated and in high spirits as they prepare for Monday's CCC Golf Championship.
Pitman and Turlock high's players arrived to the Central California Conference Boys Tennis Individual Tournament at the Millennium Sports Club in Merced with high hopes and targets on their back after finishing first and second in the CCC, respectively. The Bulldogs and Pride each had three singles players involved in the tournament, and by the end of the semi finals the cross town rivals found themselves as the sole contestants for first, second and third place.
The top two softball teams in the Trans Valley League faced each other on Tuesday when Hilmar High hosted undefeated Hughson High. As was the case last time these two teams met on the softball field, the Huskies (8-0 TVL) shut out the Yellowjackets (5-3 TVL), winning 7-0.
Everybody has a dream.
The sun was out in full force on Saturday when 15 track teams gathered at Joe Debely Stadium for the Hughson Vintage Invitational. Athletes from Turlock, Denair, Hilmar, and Turlock Christian High were among those involved in Saturday's competition as well as a number of junior high athletes from around the area.
Pitman High's girls swim team handedly defeated Buhach Colony High on Friday 104-66 but there was some controversy regarding the outcome of the boys' competition, which ended with a score of 83-83 in the Thunder's favor. Disagreements regarding a false start during a boys race turned Pitman's final swim meet of the season into a contested one, which will need to be resolved by league officials before the Central California Conference meets later this week. Even without the contention, however, the meet between the Pride and the Thunder is still not done as the diving events, which ...
The sun was hot and the stakes were high on Thursday in a must win game for Pitman High. Just two days after suffering a one run loss to Merced High, Pitman's baseball team turned the tables on the Bears (7-3 CCC), beating them 15-9. Merced was tied with Buhach Colony High for first place in the Central California Conference prior to its loss to the Pride (5-5 CCC) and now sits in second place, two games ahead of both Pitman and Turlock High.
Atwater High didn't stand a chance on Thursday when its baseball team traveled to Turlock to face the Bulldogs (5-5 CCC). Turlock, who lost a close game to the Falcons (3-7 CCC) on Tuesday, scored in each inning in what turned out to be a 13-1 rout of Atwater.
In the past, Turlock High's boys track team has excelled in many events but in the last few years sprinting has not been something the Bulldogs (1-1-1 CCC) could rely on.
Three points and 164 yards. It's hardly the type of effort one would expect from an NFL team, but that was San Francisco's output against Seattle on Thursday.
Turlock High has dusted off its wrestling gear and is back on the mat for the 2014 winter season. After finishing third in the Central California Conference last year and graduating two state qualifiers, the Bulldogs return with a handful of experienced wrestlers and a crop of fresh faces as they aim to take league and return to state once again.
The sport of water polo has thrived in Turlock and the rest of the Central Valley since its introduction roughly 40 years ago by the late Steve Feaver.
Four days after winning the CIF Division I Sac-Joaquin Section championship in one of its hardest matches of the season, Pitman High played Oakland Tech High in what could be argued was its easiest match.
Pitman High volleyball etched a place for itself in Sac-Joaquin Section history Friday night with its first ever Division I championship victory.
Close to 100 water polo athletes gathered in the waters of the Steve Feaver Aquatics Center last year for the first annual North vs. South High School Senior All-Star Game. The inaugural event featured eight teams and four matches and turned longtime opponents into teammates for one final high school competition.
Pitman High is headed to the CIF Division I Sac-Joaquin Section championship match for the first time ever after Tuesday's 3-1 (19-25, 25-14, 25-13 and 25-20) victory over St. Francis High of Sacramento.
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