LIVINGSTON - The Turlock Christian High football players weren't in the most ideal situation before Friday night's Southern League matchup with Gustine High.
The Turlock High Bulldogs (5-0) walloped Franklin High of Stockton (0-5) 28-7 in non-league play Friday night to remain perfect for the 2010 season.
It was sort of expected, considering the circumstances.
The coaches' office at the Steve Feaver Aquatic Center was where the Turlock High girls water polo team met after defeating Merced High 11-8 on Thursday afternoon. A few minutes into the post-match meeting, a strange noise was heard.
Considering what was at stake, the Turlock High-Merced High water polo matchup on Thursday afternoon had enough adrenaline to power a freight train. Both teams entered the highly anticipated meeting with undefeated league records, as the winner would undoubtedly earn a mental edge in future showdowns.
Just when Tuesday night's game against Merced High seemed to be comfortably in their hands, the Turlock High boys soccer players were given a cruel wakeup call in the form of an opposing goal slicing through the air and landing in the back of their net.
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The Turlock High football team is nearing the midway point of what seemed nearly impossible at the beginning of the season. Remember, the Bulldogs capped off their 2009 run with a horrible 0-10 record.
RIPON - Hilmar High's grand return to the Trans Valley League wasn't so grand.Not to start with, anyway.The defense jumped offsides on the game's first play from scrimmage, and on the next one it let Ripon's Louie Mejia squirt through the middle for an uncontested 85-yard touchdown run.The mistakes continued to pile on for the injury-ravaged Yellowjackets, but thanks to a big stop in the red zone followed by an impressive 8-minute, 1-second drive in the fourth quarter they were able to gut out a hard-earned 21-14 victory at Stouffer Field."We've had ...
The Pitman Pride improved to 3-1 on Friday night with a 53-7 victory over the Franklin High Yellowjackets (0-3).
DENAIR - For the Denair High football team, the game-changing moment happened just seconds after the fourth quarter started.
As soon as they got out of the pool for the last time Wednesday afternoon, the Pitman High girls water polo team didn't just come away with a victory.
The Pitman High boys water polo team was in a tight battle with Golden Valley High on Wednesday evening until the fourth period rolled around. After three unanswered goals, the Pride secured a 9-5 win to give them a 1-1 Central California Conference record.
Stanislaus County dominated Merced County on Friday at the County Clash track meet, with Pitman, Oakdale and Turlock High finishing first, second and third, respectively.
Not even a car crash could keep Brian Dudley and Andrew Knapp, Denair tennis' number one and two singles players, from seeking retribution against league juggernauts Ripon Christian on Friday. The two Coyote players were involved in a head-on collision on their way to the match, but still managed to make it to the courts where they won their matches in the 7-2 effort over the Knights.
Pitman High thoroughly beat Merced High on the baseball diamond Monday afternoon in the Pride's second Central California Conference game of the season. Four days removed from beating Golden Valley High 8-0, Pitman again pitched a shutout as they handed Merced its third consecutive loss by a score of 10-0.
Things have changed in the Central California Conference this year and this week marked the beginning of a three-game series, starting with game one at Turlock High as the Bulldogs hosted the Atwater Falcons.
The Central California Conference and the Modesto Metro Conference gathered together for Saturday's Nor Cal Relay at Johansen High with Turlock and Pitman owning the day on the pool.
It was a down game for the Hilmar varsity baseball team on Saturday afternoon when they hosted Sonora High.
The Hilmar High (6-3-1) girls varsity soccer team is only two wins away from tying last year's win total and league hasn't even started.
Four consecutive errors in the sixth inning gave the Hilmar High varsity softball team its second straight Trans Valley League loss on Friday afternoon as Riverbank played the spoilers in a 3-8 loss.
Denair High came close to earning its first win of the season this week in a two-game showdown with Le Grand High on Wednesday and Friday, but late-inning slumps in both games instead led to a pair of defeats and extended the Coyote's record to 0-8.
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