Last year the Central California Conference proved why it is one of the most dominant leagues in the state when it comes to boys soccer. Five of the six teams finished with at least four draws in league contests, while the first and second place teams - Turlock and Atwater - were only one game apart.
Delhi High wanted the 2013 season to be different; it wanted to taste sustained success on the gridiron and compete for the Southern League title. Last week the Hawks took their first step towards that goal with a shutout victory against Galt High, and then followed it up with a second, more convincing, step on Friday with a 48-18 victory over Big Valley Christian High.
With only nine players on its bench, Hilmar High's volleyball team mirrors the look and feel of its school-small. But what the Yellowjackets lack in depth, they make up for with consistency and power.
To say Pitman High was eager to get the 2013 high school football season started would be an understatement. They waited through the off-season, had to wait through opening Friday, and were forced to wait an extra half-hour due to a delay before their Saturday night home opener-but when the wait was over the Pride uncorked.
Turlock High kicked off the 2013 high school football season in grand fashion Friday night when it hosted Valley Oak League stalwarts and 2012 Division II State runner ups Oakdale High.
The Delhi High football team won its season opener at home in shutout fashion, dominating Galt High by a score of 20-0, after an all around impressive performance by the defense.
Fresh off a Division VI Sac-Joaquin Section championship run last season, the Turlock Christian volleyball team is hoping to capture the one title that was out of reach - a Southern League banner.
It was a rollercoaster last year in the Central California Conference for local high school volleyball teams. Pitman High blazed through the conference going undefeated with a 15-0 record, while Turlock went 1-13 and struggled with a young team going through a reconstruction phase in coach Amber Castillon's second year.
The Hilmar High varsity volleyball team placed second last year in the Trans Valley League with a 10-2 record; but this year they return with a vengeance with one goal in mind - dethroning Escalon. The Cougars were last year's conference champions, finishing with an undefeated record of 12-0.
Like many small schools, Turlock Christian High has had its fair share of problems when it comes to student enrollment and athletics. Typically, the resulting effect of low roster numbers is a decreased level of competiveness but other measures-such as the elimination of junior varsity programs- have also been taken in years past.
Case Hirdes' veins pump rodeo blood. The Turlock teenager has been enthralled with the sport and the lifestyle since as long as he can remember; following the dusty boot prints of his grandfather Les, father Ed and brother Blake. While his high school peers focused on sports like baseball and football, Hirdes soaked up all things rodeo as he competed in both amateur and high school competitions.
Four years ago, Cerah Moren attended the USA Youth Outdoor Championships with a broken arm and, understandably, left the competition with less than stellar results. Since then, the young Turlocker healed, continued with her track and field training, and picked up new skills and abilities that many girls her age do not have.
Turlock High's Isaac Bertalotto was on the national stage once again last week when he joined the California USA Wrestling team in Florida for the USA Wrestling Cadet National Duals Tournament. With his help in the 145 pound division, the California team earned 7th place in the Freestyle competition and finished as consolation champions in Greco-Roman. It was Bertalotto's first national team experience.
Austin Bush's junior baseball season was one he will likely never forget. With his gloved hand on first base and with both hands gripping the bat from the plate, Bush helped his Turlock High team win an undefeated league title, set a 26 consecutive win streak record, and compete for a Division I SJS championship.
Turlock and Pitman High will each have one representative in tonight's 40th annual Lions All-Star Football Game at Modesto Junior College. Da'Shawn Holcombe and Diego Camorlinga will sport Bulldog and Pride helmets, respectively, alongside former competitors and strangers as part of the 2013 South squad.
Turlock has owned the tennis courts for the past four years against Pitman High and the streak continued on Tuesday for the defending Central California Conference champions.
The streak continues for the Pitman High Pride who recorded their 22nd consecutive straight-set victory on Monday with a 25-17, 25-17, and 25-4 win over Turlock High. Now ranked 74th in the nation and 14th in the state of California, the Pride comfortably sit atop the Central California Conference standings while Turlock sits in second place.
For the second consecutive year, head coach Tom Tyler has led the Pitman Pride varsity football team to a 3-0 start to the season - last year the Pride managed a 4-0 start.
The Hilmar volleyball team is on a 12-game winning streak, and that success continued Monday with a 3-0 victory over the visiting Turlock Christian Eagles.
Turlock golf maintained its successful ways, as the Bulldogs won the Central California Conference Mid-Season Tournament last Thursday at Rancho del Rey.
Southern Athletic League rivals Delhi and Denair High opened league play Friday night with a slug fest that was reflective of the two teams' equal standing. Entering the game with identical 2-1 records, the Hawks (3-1 overall, 1-0 SAL) and Coyotes (2-2 overall, 0-1 SAL) took turns thrilling their crowds with big hits on defense and scrappy play on offense.
Turlock High battled till the end on Friday night, but finished its preseason league play with a 41-43 home loss to Tracy.
Q. You were a standout sophomore on the court for Hilmar volleyball. Have you made any changes to your game for your junior season?
Delhi High's volleyball team fell short against Le Grand High in the Hawks' second Southern League matchup of the season on Tuesday. The Lady Hawks tested the Bulldogs through four sets, but ultimately walked away from the court with a 3-1 loss (13-25, 25-14, 21-25, and 13-25).
The undefeated streak for the Pitman Pride's varsity volleyball team continues.
The Turlock Bulldogs beat out the Pitman Pride, 214-249, during the first girls golf rivalry match of the season on Tuesday at the Turlock Golf & Country Club.
Pitman High's Fernando Maldonado scored a hat trick, securing the Pride's roll over win against crosstown and Central California Conference rival Turlock, 5-0, in a matchup at Warrior Stadium on Saturday.
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