Delhi High welcomed 26 Division V wrestling teams to its boys gym Friday morning to compete in the first tournament to ever be hosted by the Hawks.
Joseph Bello was the proverbial fist of Hilmar High's vaunted defensive unit this past fall, leading the way for the Yellowjackets from the linebacker position with 138 tackles and a lead-by-example attitude. Bello played with passion and enthusiasm and was a major factor in Hilmar's undefeated Trans-Valley League championship season and its run to the Division IV Sac-Joaquin Section championship game against Central Catholic High.
Turlock High's boys basketball team secured its post-season fate a week ago, earning a spot in the Division I Sac-Joaquin Section playoff bracket as the third team from the Central California Conference. But even with that knowledge, the Bulldogs (6-4 CCC, 18-9 overall) entered Tuesday's cross town rival game and CCC season finale against Pitman High as if a post-season berth depended on it.
Hilmar High hit Saturday's Trans Valley League Tournament by storm as it qualified nine wrestlers-its entire varsity lineup- for the Division V Tournament while two of its wrestlers walked away from the mat as champions in their respective weight classes.
The Southern Athletic League wrapped up the regular season for prep wrestling on Saturday with the SAL League Tournament at Big Valley Christian High.
The Central California Conference Championships were a huge success for both Pitman and Turlock High's wrestling teams in more ways than one.
Turlock Christian High will soon be moving its athletic programs out of the Southern League and into the Central California Athletic Alliance as part of the 2014 California Interscholastic Federation realignment. The move will take the Eagles from Division 6 to Division 5, but that's not the only change for the school.
Logan Wolfley is no stranger to hard work.
Turlock High's Central California Conference slide continued on Tuesday against Merced High-but so did its streak of no-quit play.
Pitman High's wrestling team made its way to Lincoln High on Saturday for the program's first appearance at the Sac Joaquin Section Team Duals.
Turlock High dropped its second dual meet in as many weeks against Golden Valley High Wednesday night, 46-25, effectively ending its chances at a 2014 Central California Conference championship.
Four Bulldogs signed their national letters of intent Wednesday afternoon at Turlock High, securing a home after high school for their athletic careers.
Pitman High marked the 10th anniversary of its Rumble in the Jungle tournament with a second place team finish on Saturday as seven of its wrestlers competed in the finals of their respective weight classes - with a total of 12 finishing top six or better.
With 60 years of service to the Turlock community, Bilson's Sport Shop celebrated its diamond anniversary by being named the best sporting goods store in the Turlock Journal 2013 Readers' Choice survey.
There was a mutual understanding between Turlock and Pitman High that Thursday's Central California Conference dual meet would be determined by the team who secured the most bonus points. Coaches and wrestlers on both sides expected a hard-fought and close contest and for more than half of the dual meet, they were right.
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.
Turlock already has a professional indoor soccer team in the Turlock Express, two collegiate teams that represent California State University, Stanislaus, a pair of high school programs with several championships to their names, and established youth and travel leagues that develop talent on a regular basis. It's safe to say the game of soccer is well represented in the area.
After defeating Stagg High in the Division I Sac-Joaquin Section out-bracket game last week, Turlock High's boys' basketball team knew it would have to play perfectly if they were upset number one seed Jesuit High in Tuesday's first-round playoff game-and for one half of play they did just that.
One step away from State. That's what a select few wrestlers are thinking after Saturday's conclusion of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Tournament at Delhi High.
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