I've been covering local sports for more than a year, enough time to experience all the firsts that come with the job-or so I thought.
Turlock High put a cap on its regular season Friday night with a 48-36 win over rival Pitman High. The Bulldogs scored points in bunches, nine and 10 points at a time, and dictated the game's tempo on their way to victory.
With post-season hopes gone, Thursday marked the final game of the season for both Turlock and Pitman High girls basketball teams. The Bulldogs, who experienced a season of struggle in 2012, were seen by many as the night's underdogs, but with a lively crowd watching their final home game they hit the court with renewed spirit.
The Turlock High wrestling team entered Thursday's Central California League Tournament with heaping confidence. The Bulldogs had already bested their league foes through a string of duals, leaving one day of competition between them and an outright CCC Championship.
Pitman High announced Tom Tyler's selection for the vacant head football coach position on Friday. Tyler, former head coach for Turlock High from 1996-2006, will replace Brandon Harris who recently accepted a similar position at Columbia High in Nampa, Idaho. He will be the third head coach in the football program's history.
Eight years ago Nicole Larson was introduced to a game called soccer. She had never played before but the call of competition sucked her in and hooked her instantly. Her Turlock Youth Soccer Association coach Jim Tejeda recognized her passion-and her talent-and made a bold prediction.
Atwater High was back in Turlock Tuesday night, five days after a failed comeback attempt against Pitman High. This time the Falcons faced off against Turlock High in a game with a much different tone. Atwater hit the Bulldogs early and often with consistent scoring and rebounding en route to a 40-34 victory.
Hilmar High redirected its ship Monday night when the Orestimba High Warriors rolled into town. After dropping consecutive games to Modesto Christian and Riverbank High, the Yellowjackets (17-6 overall, 5-5 TVL) saved their Trans Valley League season with a dominant 57-41 victory over the Warriors (5-20 overall, 0-10 TVL) to put them in the top tier of league standings.
RIPON - The Southern League girls basketball title is likely to be shared by its two parochial schools for a second straight season.
It was all about control for Pitman High Thursday night when Atwater High rolled into town.
It was the final dual meet of the season Wednesday night and fans from both Turlock and Pitman High sat in the stands of Turlock's girls gym, giddy with anticipation and ready to watch the cross-town rivals compete on the mat. For a few Bulldog seniors it would be their last chance to wrestle in front of a home crowd-but some never got the chance.
Normally Pitman High's aim is a top tier finish at its annual home tournament, the Rumble in the Jungle, but with eight wrestlers sidelined due to match count the Pride hit the mat on Saturday with their sights set on individual success.
It was the matchup of the season Friday night.
It happens nearly every time they step on the same court.
Turlock High wrestling improved to 3-0 in the Central California Conference this week with dual wins over Merced High in Tuesday and Buhach Colony High on Wednesday. The Bulldogs defeated the Bears by winning 10 of the night's 14 matches and put down the Thunder by winning 12 of 15 matches.
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.
The Denair Coyotes held down their home turf at Jack W. Lytton Stadium Friday night when they defeated the visiting Argonaut High Mustangs, 18-14, in an all-out defensive battle.
Hilmar High remains winless at home after Fresno High spoiled the Yellowjackets' homecoming celebrations with a 24-21 victory at McSweeney Field Friday night.
The Turlock High varsity football team, fresh off a 27-21 upset victory over Clovis West last week, was looking to start a winning streak heading into week five action. But things didn't end well on Friday for the Bulldogs, who lost to Modesto High, 33-28, at Downey High's field.
Q. How is this year's team different than last year's?
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