For the first time in six years Turlock Christian High is headed to UC Davis for the Division VI SJS Final. The Eagles earned their shot at championship glory with a 3-1 (18-25, 25-20, 25-11, and 25-22) victory over Sac Country Day High on Tuesday.
Tyler Murphy has had a love affair with baseball since he was old enough to grip a bat and toss a ball. Murphy began his journey with America's game at the age of three when his parents signed him up for tee ball. Fifteen years later, Murphy's journey continues with Tuesday's signing of his letter of intent to play for St. Mary's College.
Few gave Turlock High's boys soccer team a fighting chance against the undefeated Bella Vista High Broncos in Saturday's Division II SJS Section final match, but for more than an hour and a half of play the Bulldogs proved their appearance at Lincoln High was no fluke.
Pitman High's Brent Nelle knew that Friday's Division I SJS matchup against Tokay High would probably be his last at Joe Debely Stadium. For four years he had ran up and down the field; making defenders miss, scoring touchdowns, and padding his yardage into the thousands -Friday was a chance to go out with a bang.
For the first time since the regular season ended, Turlock High's future looked bleak Wednesday night. After keeping their opponents off the scoreboard on their way to the Division II SJS semi-final match, the Bulldogs found themselves trailing Folsom High 1-0 with less than 10 minutes left in regulation.
Sarah Amaral and her Eagle teammates stepped onto their home court for the first round of the Division VI SJS Playoffs Thursday night with typical post-season expectations. They expected support from their fans, a formidable opponent in Lodi Academy High, and, above all else, they expected to win.
After a long battle ending in two 10 minute overtimes and additional penalty kicks, the Delhi Hawks lost their chance to make the finals, and clench the Division V SJS Section Championship. The Hawks faced the Riverbank Bruins at Riverbank High, and kept up a tie 1-1 game throughout the entire match beginning from the first half.
Two days after defeating Los Banos High in a tight, five set, first-round playoff match, Hilmar High's girls endured another grueling five set match against Sonora High. Unlike their victory against the Tigers, the Yellowjackets fell one set short against the Wildcats (19-25, 26-24, 25-23, 21-25, and 12-15), leading to an early exit from the Division IV SJS Tournament.
Pitman High found itself in unfamiliar territory Tuesday night when it hosted Bella Vista High in the first round of the Division I SJS Playoffs. The two time Central California Conference champions, who are accustomed to dominating their opponents on the court, met their match in the Broncos. Bella Vista turned the tables and earned a straight set victory (20-25, 20-25, and 22-25) over the Pride.
After a long and arduous cross country season, Turlock and Pitman High will each have one representative at Saturday's SJS Division II Section Championship race at Willow Hills Park in Folsom. Bulldog Logan Connor and Pride Jami Ford qualified for the race with impressive performances at the SJS Sub-Sections, finishing 55th and 43rd in their classes, respectively.
Turlock and Pitman High came together on Friday night for the 9th Annual Harvest Bowl -a matchup that has become more of an event and not just your typical football game. The two crosstown rivals lived up to the hype once the whistle blew, exchanging hard hits, touchdowns, and attitudes. In the end, the Pride weathered an early Turlock storm on their way to a 49-27 victory and the school's seventh Harvest Bowl win.
Turlock High hasn't allowed a goal in its last two matches, the most recent of which was a 3-0 victory over Rio Linda High in the second round of the Division II SJS Playoffs on Thursday. The strength of the Bulldogs' defense and their opportunistic offensive attack has landed them in a semi-final matchup against Folsom High at home on Wednesday, one step away from a potential section championship.
Delhi High earned its second Southern Athletic League banner in school history this year, the prize of a co-championship season on the soccer field. Now, the Hawks' boys are on a mission to add a Division V SJS Section Championship to the mix, and after a 3-0 first-round victory over Highlands High, they may very well be on their way.
Denair High (2-8) fell 37-18 to the Delhi Hawks (4-6) on Friday night for the last Southern League matchup of the 2012 season.
After finishing fourth in the Southern Athletic League, Turlock Christian High's volleyball playoff picture was uncertain. The Eagles were expecting a post-season berth to hinge on an out bracket match, but surprisingly TC was seeded 3rd in the Division VI SJS Playoff bracket and awarded a first round home game.
The Pride of Pitman came into their second game of the 38th annual Frank Godinez tournament against Laguna Creek - which had to forfeit their first round game due to Thursday's storm -with hopes of turning things around after a crushing first round loss to Beyer High.
Another solid effort from Turlock High on the court has landed the Bulldogs in the finals of the Frank Godinez Boys Basketball Tournament for the third year in a row.
Things are finally shaping up for Denair High boys basketball coach RJ Henderson, with the help of assistant head coach Garett Elliott and the commitment from this year's team.
With football being such a rich and successful tradition at Hilmar High, it seems like the basketball program takes the back seat - especially after coming away with only one winning season since 2007.
Pitman High volleyball has been synonymous with dominance in 2014. The Pride steamrolled nearly every opponent they faced this season with its combination of size, power and speed. And when a team rose to the occasion to provide Pitman with a challenge, its girls seemed to persevere through sheer force of will.
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