MERCED - On Wednesday afternoon, the Pitman High girls soccer players had the extraordinary pressure of needing to win against a Merced High team that featured a very stingy goalkeeper. And one of the things the Pride had in their heads was this: Win or go home.
At this week's Central California Conference Tournament at Buhach Colony High in Atwater, the Turlock High boys tennis team produced a sweep of sorts.
HILMAR - The walls of the Hilmar High main office offers a display of winners. Team pictures are scattered near the back entrance, reminding students, teachers and visitors what the school's sports teams are capable of. Among the past winners is the 2004 Hilmar boys golf team. Just the other day, members of this year's Yellowjackets team were staring at the picture and reading the names and records posted underneath it.
After humbling the Pitman Pride for the fifth consecutive time, the Turlock High girls soccer players weren't celebrating in a massive dog pile or drenching the coach with a bucket of water. That stuff perhaps will be saved for later.
The last time the Hilmar High boys golf team was this good, the Yellowjackets concluded their season with a Sac-Joaquin Section trophy. Of course, it's too soon to predict such an outcome.
Pitman High swimmer Stephanie Young wasn't at her fastest at the Central California Conference Championships on Saturday at Pitman High. But that's fine with her.
DENAIR - At one point, the Turlock Christian High baseball team was down by three runs to one of the Eagles' biggest rivals in Denair High. It was a tense situation, considering the circumstances surrounding Tuesday's Southern League game.
The Turlock High baseball team had plenty of motivation entering Friday afternoon's annual rivalry meeting with Pitman High, considering the Bulldogs had lost to the Pride just 24 hours prior. In other words, it was fresh on the Turlock players' minds and they redeemed themselves, thanks to effective hitting and pitching.
Because of many occasions of rain in April, the track and field meeting between Pitman High and Turlock High had to be postponed. The crosstown rivals finally met Thursday afternoon, with Merced High joining in the Central California Conference action, at Pitman High. The Pride girls squad capitalized on the opportunity by beating both opponents to earn a 5-0 record. Those wins clinched at least a share of the league title, though they'll have a chance to capture it outright if they top Los Banos High on Wednesday afternoon, with Turlock also joining in.
Not taking anything for granted, the Turlock High boys golf team is now sitting at the top of the Central California Conference with a seventh consecutive championship within reach after the Bulldogs earned a 204-230 victory over Pitman High on Thursday afternoon at the Diablo Grande Golf Course.
Pitman High freshman Sierrah Miller will participate in the Junior Olympics in Reno in June with her club team the Ripon Rage, making her the only Turlock resident to participate in the prestigious event. However, she's seeking sponsorships for the trip. Interested parties can e-mail Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her club team's Web site, www.ragevball.com.
For those familiar with Denair High baseball, it wasn't a huge surprise to hear that the school's baseball field will be named after longtime baseball coach Ron Cornell. He retired last season after 38 years of coaching the Coyotes.
Even with a bad knee, Beau Warda was able to lead the Turlock Christian boys golf team to another league championship on Tuesday.
It appeared, for a minute, that Robbie Smallwood would need to come out of Thursday's game early after being thrown out trying to scurry back to first base on a line-drive caught by Waterford right-fielder Moises Real. Smallwood dove back hard into first base for the second time in the second inning and proceeded to get up very slowly. It appeared that Turlock Christian coach Jon Valenti had an important decision to make on whether to let Smallwood head back out to the mound the next inning.
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.
Turlock High's turnaround season on the volleyball court met its end at the hands of Lincoln High Tuesday night, but it wasn't without a fight.
The Turlock Christian High volleyball team picked up right where it left off in last year's postseason and that is with a victory, but this time it was an upset.
The Hilmar High volleyball team entered the CIF Division IV Sac-Joaquin Section Girls Volleyball Tournament on Tuesday as the number two seed and heavy favorites. The Yellowjackets lived up to their hype, defeating number 15 seed Orestimba High, 3-0, (25-13, 25-18 and 25-17).
Pitman High took its first post-season step Monday night when its girls hosted McClatchy High of Sacramento in the first round of the CIF Division I Sac-Joaquin Section Girls Volleyball Tournament. The top seeded Pride dispatched the Lions with relative ease, 3-0 (25-13, 25-5 and 25-6), as they outsized and overpowered their opponent on the court.
The Pitman High girls water polo team had one of the program's most successful regular seasons in 2014, as the Pride made the postseason for only the second time in seven years and the first since a five-year hiatus when the team made it in 2008.
The girls tennis season is over for Turlock High.
Denair High's Edwin Flores tallied five onside kicks and recovered all of them last Friday en route to the Coyotes' 62-21 victory over the visiting Waterford High team, ending their six-game Southern Athletic League losing streak.
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