It started with an offensive flurry on Wednesday and ended with steady pressure on Thursday, but the constant in both of Turlock High's victories over Golden Valley High this week was stingy defense.
Isaac Bertalotto's 2013 season as a Turlock High wrestler was a successful one, to say the least. Bertalotto ended his sophomore year with an eighth place finish in the California High School State Championships and placed himself in elite Turlock company. But, as it turns out, the young Bulldog wasn't finished.
Turlock High's Claire Silva signed on to run for William Jessup University's cross country team on Tuesday, ensuring herself a new home once her senior year as a Bulldog comes to an end in June.
The second Southern Athletic Meet took place at Turlock High on Saturday and for the second time Denair High walked away from Joe Debely Stadium as the most productive team in its field. Delhi High improved greatly from its first league outing, testing the Coyotes with its array of athletes, but in the end a combination of missed opportunities and no shows kept the Hawks from claiming victory.
Stanislaus vs. Merced- that's how Friday's first ever Country Clash Meet was billed.
The boys of Turlock High's tennis team remain undefeated in the Central California Conference after an 8-1 defeat of Pitman High on Thursday. The Bulldogs are now preparing for a Tuesday matchup with second place Merced High in a contest that will likely decide who will walk away with the CCC title in 2013.
Turlock High golf pushed through windy conditions Thursday afternoon to claim its fifth league victory and remain undefeated with a 230-257 performance over Pitman High at the Turlock Country Club. The win positions the Bulldogs atop the Central California Conference standings as they prepare for Tuesday's Mid Season Tournament at Rancho Del Rey in Atwater.
Turlock High girls soccer continued its climb back into Central California Conference contention with a 3-0 victory over rival Pitman High on Wednesday. After dropping their first three league matches, the Bulldogs (2-3 CCC) now sit in third place behind the Pride (2-1-2 CCC) and first place Golden Valley High as the second round of CCC play is set to begin.
Pitman High's Logan Wolfley had high hopes for his 2013 high school wrestling season but a combination of tough brackets and an elbow injury led to a disappointing finish for the Pride junior. Although he finished with a 40-11 record, his 1-2 finish at Masters and 8th place Section ranking was less than he had hoped for.
The last time Denair and Delhi High met on the tennis courts the Coyotes won a close 5-4 match, propelling them into the top of the Southern Athletic League standings right behind undefeated Ripon Christian High.
Pitman High soccer remains atop the Central California Conference standings after a 2-0 defeat of Golden Valley High on Monday. The speedy Cougars (3-1 CCC) pressured the Pride (2-0-2 CCC) throughout the match but were unable to capitalize on a number of scoring opportunities or take advantage of penalty-driven player adjustments on Pitman's part.
The beginning of the Central California Conference season has been trying for Turlock High's girls soccer team. One year removed from an undefeated CCC championship, the Bulldogs (1-3 CCC) dropped their first three games of league play, each by only one goal.
Turlock High's second matchup against Buhach Colony High on Friday was its chance to establish its presence in the Central California Conference for the 2013 season-and its boys took full advantage of it. Two days removed from beating the defending champions 5-1 in the CCC opener, the Bulldogs again took the Thunder to task with a 2-1 effort.
Pitman High started its Central California Conference season with a big win over Golden Valley High on Wednesday. Four days removed from their loss in the Pedretti Championship, the Pride bounced back in impressive fashion with a 6-0 shutout over the Cougars at home.
For 45 minutes on Friday it looked like Denair High was going to notch its first Southern Athletic League win of the season over rival Delhi High. In the end it wasn't meant to be, however, as the Lady Hawks (2-1 SAL) mounted a second half comeback for a 3-2 victory to keep the Coyotes (0-3 SAL) out of the winner's column.
Pitman High volleyball etched a place for itself in Sac-Joaquin Section history Friday night with its first ever Division I championship victory.
The Hilmar High volleyball team went into Friday's Section championship game against Sonora looking for a very different outcome than last year's matchup. The Yellowjackets left the UC Davis court disappointed, however, because for the second straight year Sonora outplayed Hilmar to take the banner.
Winning a Section title isn't easy, but the Turlock Christian High volleyball team makes it seem so, especially after taking home three consecutive banners.
Pitman High is headed to the CIF Division I Sac-Joaquin Section championship match for the first time ever after Tuesday's 3-1 (19-25, 25-14, 25-13 and 25-20) victory over St. Francis High of Sacramento.
Maybe the second time is the charm.
The list of Turlock High athletes moving on to the collegiate level continues to grow.
It was déjà vu for the Bulldogs of Turlock High when they traveled to Tracy High for the first round of the CIF Division I Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs. As was the case when the two Bulldog teams met in week 5, Turlock found itself just two points shy of victory after a failed two-point conversion attempt cemented a final score of 21-19
The Pitman Pride varsity football team went into Friday's Division-I CIF Sac-Joaquin Section round one tournament game looking to rebound from last week's disappointing Harvest Bowl loss to Turlock. However, the Pride met a very demanding Napa High team, who controlled the field from the onset.
The 2014 cross country season came to an end for Pitman, Hilmar and Turlock High School athletes last Saturday at the Subsection meet held in Angels Camp.
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