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 Christian and Delhi high school tennis teams met on Brenda Athletic Club's courts in Turlock on Thursday. The Eagles entered their meeting against the formidable Hawks knowing full well their incomplete squad wouldn't win the team match. Despite the circumstances, TC pressed forward; playing for the pride of competition and self improvement.
Turlock High hosted Golden Valley High's softball team on Wednesday, determined to win its first league game of the season. The Bulldogs (0-5 CCC) looked poised to do just that from the beginning of the afternoon matchup against the Cougars (2-3 CCC) but one inning changed everything, resulting in a 14-10 comeback win for Golden Valley.
After dropping both its games against number one seed Buhach Colony High last week, the Pitman High baseball team rebounded with a sweep over Atwater High on Thursday. The Pride hosted the Falcons in their final matchup of the week, notching a 5-2 victory.
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.
All Turlock High had to do to beat Atwater High on Thursday was show up to the Turlock Golf and Country Club with a complete team. With only four golfers, the Falcons were forced to forfeit to the Bulldogs in the third Central California Conference match of the season.
It's not unheard of for a team to play with a person down due to injury, illness or other unforeseen circumstances. Playing with two holes in your starting lineup, however, is rare and hard to recover from, especially when the missing players fill important positions like third base and catcher.
Pitman High thoroughly beat Merced High on the baseball diamond Monday afternoon in the Pride's second Central California Conference game of the season. Four days removed from beating Golden Valley High 8-0, Pitman again pitched a shutout as they handed Merced its third consecutive loss by a score of 10-0.
The Journal tracked down Turlock High graduate and former Bulldog basketball standout Travis Souza fresh off his final game for the University of California, Irvine, where he made school history. Here's what Souza had to say:
Denair High came close to earning its first win of the season this week in a two-game showdown with Le Grand High on Wednesday and Friday, but late-inning slumps in both games instead led to a pair of defeats and extended the Coyote's record to 0-8.
It was a reversal of roles for Pitman High tennis when its boys hosted Atwater High on Thursday. Two days after losing to Golden Valley High 4-5, the Pride pulled off a one-match win of their own, 5-4, against the Falcons to bring their record in the Central California Conference to 1-1.
The 2015 tennis season is shaping up to be a highly competitive one for Southern Athletic League teams, with Ripon Christian, Delhi and Denair High leading the pack. The Knights, as they did last season and in seasons past, sit atop the league standings while the Hawks sit with one loss and the Coyotes sit with two.
Just one day after placing fourth alongside Escalon High in the team standings of the 2015 Yellowjacket Invitational, Hilmar High suffered its first Trans Valley League loss at the hands of Ripon High on Tuesday. Despite beating Ripon by nearly 30 strokes on Monday, the 'Jackets found themselves on the losing end of a two-stroke game against the Indians, 237-235.
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