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.
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.