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 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.
The 2015 spring season just began on Wednesday for Hilmar High, but already the Yellowjackets have four matches under their belt and at least one more scheduled for today. It's the kind of starting schedule one would expect from a team trying to improve on a fourth place Trans Valley League finish last season.
The boys' basketball season is officially over for Turlock High after Wednesday's 89-54 playoff loss to Sheldon High in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I Boys Basketball Championships. The reigning Central California Conference champions met their match in the Huskies (19-6 overall) who showed the Bulldogs (16-11 overall) how they became Delta League champs and why they were seeded second in the tournament.
The post season has always been a tough road for local wrestling teams, but with this year's shakeup of the post season format - specifically the inclusion of Folsom and Del Oro High in the new Sac-Joaquin Section Division I AA Championships - that road proved to be even more difficult for Turlock and Pitman High.
Hilmar, Delhi and Denair High are each sending one wrestler to this weekend's Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Championships at the Stockton Arena after their respective 12th, 13th and 14th place finishes in the team standings at the SJS Division V Championships last weekend.
Despite claiming the Central California Conference championship this season, Turlock found itself seeded 15th in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I Championships when the playoff brackets were released earlier this week, setting up a buy-in game at home against 18th seed Edison High on Friday.
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