This season, the Turlock High boys golf team returned just two players. The rest was made up newcomers.
A nearly two-hour road trip to an unfamiliar town doesn't sound so pleasant for a high school sports team, especially during vacation time.
A selected group of Pitman High athletes left quite an impression on the historic Hayfield Field in Eugene, Ore. The Pride wrapped up a memorable weekend with a 25th-place showing at the Oregon Relays on Saturday in the co-ed team standings of the 40-team field.
ATWATER - Pitman High swimmer Brittany Funk began Thursday morning on a bad note.
The defending league champion Turlock High is in trouble, judging by the Bulldogs' current three-game losing streak. Their latest setback happened Thursday afternoon, when they didn't capitalize on multi-scoring opportunities and lost 2-0 to Merced High for the second time this season.
By the numbers, Pitman High senior point guard Jasmine Washington scored in double digits in all but one game during last season's girls basketball campaign against mostly Division I competition. Four of those times, she scored at least 31 points.
This was a perfect way to end the regular swimming season: Pitman High vs. Turlock High.
Two former Turlock Christian High standout athletes - Nate Watkins (class of 1983) and Lisa Minturn (class of '87) - will be inducted to the Turlock Christian Hall of Fame at a banquet on May 7 at Calvary Baptist. The keynote speaker for the event is Bill McCartney, a nationally recognized speaker and author of five books, including "Sold Out."
Though they were ahead by three runs at one point, the Pitman High baseball players caught themselves in a flashback. They were in this moment before, just two days earlier when they had a two-run lead over their archenemies, Turlock High.
This was like waking up and expecting daylight.
For Hannah Verschelden, all she needs is one shot.
This time, the Pitman High boys tennis team wasn't going to share.
The Turlock High baseball players didn't have to look at the scoreboard behind them to know that. This was, in fact, a crosstown meeting with Pitman High, a team that wouldn't mind topping a one-loss team like the Bulldogs for several reasons.
Nothing is ever certain, especially in a Pitman High-Turlock High crosstown rivalry game.
Pitman High softball's team meeting after succumbing to a winnable game looked and sounded a little bit off. There was laughter, there was some cheering, and there were some smiles. In other words, the Pride didn't want to think about this loss for very long.
After three years of getting dominated by Merced (10-2), the Pitman High (9-3) varsity softball team finally made history on Friday afternoon, topping the Bears at home, 3-2, and snapping an eight game losing streak that dated back to the 2012 season.
The Turlock Christian varsity softball team has now boasted back-to-back league wins after beating Stone Ridge Christian on Friday, 16-5.
The Turlock High (8-2) varsity baseball team has quietly yet steadily been creeping and stalling just behind or barely ahead of Pitman High for the top spot in the Central California Conference for most the year.
Friday marked the third time this season that both Delhi and Denair High met for one final showdown on the tennis courts as the battle for second place in the Southern Athletic League continued heading into the final two matches.
League championships for boys golf will be held on Monday for schools across the area. These tournaments are typically a place for teams to put in one final, solid performance in the hopes of qualifying for Divisionals as a team, but for Turlock and Hilmar High, its respective tournaments will instead be a formality as its boys have a ticket to Divisionals all but in the bag.
Alyssa Stockton has experienced her fair share of success during her 11 years in a softball uniform, but her biggest achievement was undoubtedly reached on Friday when she signed her letter of intent for California State University, Bakersfield where she will become one of the Roadrunners' pitchers.
The battle for first place in the Central California Conference varsity girls soccer standings is heating up.
Pitman High currently has 11 student-athletes competing at the collegiate level for track and field and after Tuesday, the list of Pride athletes participating in this sport grew with the addition of four more standouts.
Pitman and Turlock High met in the pool for a classic crosstown Central California Conference showdown on Friday, with the Pride starting strong and ending the day with wins for both the boys (109-60) and girls (106-64) teams.
With only five games left in the Central California Conference season, Pitman High softball is on a mission to dethrone two-time defending CCC champs Merced High. The Pride continued their hunt for the Bears' first place position on Friday with a 10-1 home win against rival Turlock High, extending their league record to 9-6 and closing Merced's lead by only two games.
The Pitman High Pride varsity baseball team is now 6-1 in the Central California Conference after beating Atwater, 2-1, on Friday afternoon thanks to Josh Hernandez's 6 and 2/3 innings pitched as he gave up only one run on four hits and walked two.
There is no stopping the Turlock High (7-0) Bulldogs varsity baseball team right now.
Hilmar High ace starting pitcher Jacob Ahid struck out 13 and allowed only one earned run in Friday's tournament finale against Mariposa and the Yellowjackets lost in a tight 0-1 decision, snapping a three game winning streak.
Pitman High's softball team is currently competing in the Northern California Classic Tournament in Tracy, and as of Friday, the Pride are a perfect 2-0 after sweeping through Santa Teresa and Los Banos in their opening games.
Turlock High softball started this season's Central California Conference campaign o the right foot, winning three of its first five league games after winning a total of only two league games last season. After back-to-back one-run wins against Merced and Buhach Colony High the Bulldogs hit a snag, however, as they skid into spring break with a pair of losses to Atwater and Golden Valley High.