Every time Pitman High (7-7 CCC) and Turlock High (10-4 CCC) have stepped onto the same basketball court this season those in attendance have been treated to highly entertaining and extremely competitive games. Monday's matchup, the fourth meeting of the season and third in the CCC, once again delivered the drama as Turlock squeaked by Pitman in the final seconds,47-46.
The Pitman High girls basketball team created a two-way tie for first place on Tuesday night with a 47-44 victory over Buhach Colony. The Pride (10-4 CCC) and Thunder (10-4 CCC) now sit side by side at the number one position in the CCC.
Turlock High solidified its position as the Central California Conference's 2012 wrestling champions on Friday with another dominate performance in the league team duals at Buhach Colony High, accumulating 225 team points. The Bulldogs advanced 11 wrestlers into the finals, producing six individual champions (Rico McCombs, Rafeal Herrera, Isaac Bertalotto, Albino Orozco, Erick Parsons, and Ernesto Guiang) and five second placers (Julian Talamante, Jason Valdavinos, Kevin Scroggins, Ricky Flores, and Ricardo Garcia). Turlock also had wrestlers finish in third (Trevor Gray) and fourth place (Isaiah Mendoza).
The Turlock High boys basketball team completed a clean sweep of the Merced High Bears on Wednesday with a 50-46 victory. The Bulldogs (9-4 CCC) were challenged early and often by a Merced (3-9 CCC) team with nothing to lose in another victory that was too close for comfort.
After a three game slump Turlock High's girls finally got back to their winning ways with a 50-44 victory over Atwater High (2-11 CCC). The Bulldogs (9-4 CCC), who were without head coach Salinda Mabie for the third time, rallied behind assistant coach Marjorie Walker in a must win game.
Pitman High held a signing day for four of its student-athletes on Thursday. Vicki Rouse, Marissa Marable, AJ Derr and Steven Kha all signed letters of intent in a library packed with coaches, teachers, teammates, family and friends. Tears were abundant as the parents of each player sat next to him or her, watching them take their next step in life and athletics.
Halie Bergman entered the ballgame midway through the third quarter with Turlock Christian trailing Ripon Christian 19-16 in Thursday's encounter between the Southern League's two best girls basketball teams.
Pitman High's girls basketball team might have come into Tuesday night's game against Atwater High expecting an easy victory but what they got was a highly motivated group of Falcons hungry for a third win. The Pride triumphed in the end, 51-45, keeping their hunt for the CCC title alive.
Denair High knew Monday's matchup with the girls of Ripon Christian High was going to be a challenge. Instead of accepting defeat the Coyotes (5-6 Southern) challenged the Knights (10-1 Southern) early, using their defense to open up scoring opportunities and build confidence. In the end Ripon Christian was too much though, and Denair fell to the Knights 60-28.
On Friday the Bulldogs hosted second place Buhach Colony High (7-4 CCC) while the Pride hosted fourth place Merced High (3-8 CCC).
It was a low scoring affair when Turlock High and Pitman High met for their second league game of the season Wednesday night. The Bulldogs (7-4) and Pride (7-4) once again engaged in a close contest but it was Turlock who got the better of the exchanges this time, holding on for a 46-39 win.
Turlock High's wrestlers earned their seventh Central California Conference title since 2002 on Wednesday with their dual victory over Pitman High. The Bulldogs (5-0 CCC) entered Pitman's gym with an undefeated league record and 23 straight dual wins behind them. The 53-22 win over the Pride (2-3 CCC) made it 24 straight dual wins for Turlock, making them the team to beat at the Section team duals today.
Pitman High's girls basketball team avenged its previous loss to Turlock High Tuesday night at home. The Pride held a lead for more than three quarters in their 52-27 win, showcasing accurate shooting and a strong team defense.
The eighth annual Rumble in the Jungle at Pitman High saw 595 wrestlers compete in 748 matches over the course of 11 hours on Saturday. When all the mats were cleared and the tournament ended Turlock High emerged as team champions, accumulating 220 team points. It was the Bulldogs' fourth tournament title this season.
Turlock Christian High's girls basketball team stepped onto its home court with a quiet sense of confidence Monday night when they hosted Gustine High. The Eagles (9-0 Southern) once again cruised to a lopsided victory, defeating Gustine (2-7 Southern) 72-13.
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