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 boys at Turlock and Pitman high are in full swing as the 2012 tennis season is underway. Last year the Pride beat out the Bulldogs for their seventh Central California Conference championship and fifth undefeated season. Turlock sat in second place for the second year in a row behind Pitman, something the Bulldogs plan on changing this time around.
Turlock Christian's girls basketball team officially ended its season on Saturday after a 61-57 loss to St. Joseph Notre Dame High in the second round of state playoffs. The loss caps off the best performance from a girls basketball team in TC's history which included a SAL championship and an appearance in the Division V SJS Championship game.
Pitman High won its first Pedretti Championship over the weekend by defeating Lincoln High, building up a heap of confidence for this year's baseball season. Turlock High missed the final round by one run and finished in third place after beating Lodi High on Saturday.
Turlock Christian and Denair High performed well in the first Southern Athletic League track meet, held March 8. TC's girls finished in second place as a team and its boys finished in third. Denair's team total was similar as its boys finished second and its girls ended the meet in third place.
Last week Turlock Christian came up short in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Championship game, disappointing its girls and their fans. It wasn't the end of the road though; TC still had the Division V State Basketball Tournament to look forward to. The season wasn't over.
Sixteen schools gathered at Joe Debely Stadium on a hot and sunny Friday afternoon for the Stanislaus County Track meet. Turlock and Pitman high were among those schools in attendance, competing against each other as well as the rest of the field in one of the first tests of the 2012 track and field season.
Last season the Hilmar High girls soccer team finished in third place in the Trans Valley League for the second straight year, missing the league title by a few points, before advancing all the way to the second round of playoffs. Turlock Christian and Denair High weren't as lucky as they finished in seventh and sixth place in the Southern Athletic League, respectively.
Turlock and Pitman high's swimmers and divers are making waves as they prepare for another competitive season in the Central California Conference.
Turlock High was one of 262 California schools to compete in the 2012 CIF State Championship this past weekend with four wrestlers in the tournament - Jason Valdovinos, Isaac Bertalotto, Erick Parsons, and Ernesto Guiang. After a earning a CCC championship and finishing fifth at Masters, the Bulldogs were confident heading into Friday's competition.
Girls soccer is back as Turlock and Pitman high officially kicked off the 2012 season on Tuesday. After five straight top-three finishes in the Central California Conference, the Pride finally earned their second league title last year with a 13-1-1 season. The Bulldogs, who had defended the CCC title for five consecutive years prior to last season, finished in fifth place with a disappointing record of 2-7-3.
Hilmar, Turlock Christian, and Denair High's girls are back on the softball field. Last season each team had varying degrees of success but they all have one thing in common this season, a desire to improve and win a league title.
After overcoming rival Ripon Christian High in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section semifinals on Wednesday, Turlock Christian fell to Brookside Christian High in the Division V Championship game 63-51 on Friday. The Eagles (26-3 overall) and Knights (25-4 overall) played a practically even game but Brookside pulled away midway through the fourth quarter to win its first section championship.
Clovis West High entered Joe Debely Stadium as if it were its home turf Friday night, showcasing a brand of confidence against underdog Turlock High that is typically reserved for champions.
The only team to beat Turlock High at the 2014 Merced High Invitational on Monday was Turlock High, as the Bulldogs finished both first and second in the overall team standings.
Hilmar High rolled through its second Central California Conference team in a week Thursday night when the 'Jackets (14-4 overall) defeated Turlock High two days after doing the same to Atwater High. Hilmar beat the Bulldogs (8-4 overall) in straight sets (27-25, 25-11, and 25-18) as team defense and a powerful offensive attack from Emily Baptista paved the way.
Denair High returns to winner's column
Hilmar High's golf team hosted its annual Yellowjacket Invitational Monday morning at the Stevinson Ranch Golf Club where the 'Jackets finished 6th in team rankings out of an 11-team field.
Who is equal parts cute and funny? Aspiring roller derby girl Keeley Parker.
Roughly 10 years before Tim Guerino became the executive director of the Turlock Gospel Mission he ministered to first responders at Ground Zero following the terrorist attacks in New York on Sept. 11, 2001.
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