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.
The start to the Central California Conference swimming season was a success for both the girls and boys of Turlock High and Pitman High. With respective swim meets against Golden Valley High and Atwater High, the Bulldogs and Pride took the first step towards improving on last year efforts with convincing wins.
Hilmar High has a new head coach and lofty goals for the 2015 softball season.
The girls' basketball season is officially over for Turlock Christian High after Wednesday's 42-62 loss to Ferndale High in the first round of the CIF NorCal Division VI Girls Basketball Championships.
High-class wrestlers are often separated by the slimmest of margins - a point, a move, a mistake. This is especially true at the CIF State Wrestling Championships where the best wrestlers California has to offer come together to decide who's number one.
Wrestling season is over for all but one of Pitman High's four State representatives after day one of the CIF State Championships. Though they entered Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield with the same podium dreams as teammate Angel Velasquez, Pride wrestlers Isiah Perez (113), Adam Velasquez (120) and Gilbert Valadez (145) will be fulfilling supporting roles today after being eliminated from the State Tournament on Friday.
Angel Velasquez is only two matches away from becoming a State champion. It's an unexpected position for the Pride senior, not because of lack of skill or ability, but because he was barred from competition for much of the 2014-15 wrestling season while his eligibility as a transfer was reviewed.
Today marks the beginning of the end of the wrestling season with the 2015 CIF State Boys Wrestling Championships. Wrestlers from all over California, who have had March 6 circled on their calendars all year, have flooded into the Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield for the first day of competition to test their mettle and chase a dream.
It was a rematch of last year's Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI Girls Basketball Championship on Thursday when Turlock Christian High and Valley Christian High met on the court at Galt High. The Eagles entered the game keen on avenging the 7-point loss that landed them in the runners up position in 2014, but in the end history repeated itself as TC fell 52-59 and the Lions became back-to-back Div.VI champions.
Pitman High entered the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Championships in Stockton on Friday with the aim to match or best its performance from a season ago in which four of its wrestlers qualified for the State Championships. While the Pride fielded the exact same number of qualifiers as last season, Angel Velasquez's (132 pound) championship effort on the mat solidified the 2014-15 season as Pitman's most successful ever. The Pride also put in its best team performance to date with an 8th place finish.
Sandra Tovar is back in the winner's circle a little more than four months after suffering only the third loss of her amateur career. Tovar, representing the Delhi High 51FIFTY Boxing Club, avenged her previous loss with an unanimous decision victory over Hermelinda Mendoza of Battle Fit Gym at the Black Star Boxing Show in Sacramento on Saturday.
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.
Stanislaus County dominated Merced County on Friday at the County Clash track meet, with Pitman, Oakdale and Turlock High finishing first, second and third, respectively.
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:
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