Turlock Christian High is new to the Central California Athletic Alliance, so this year's league campaign on the basketball court is being waged against unfamiliar opponents. Gone from the Southern Athletic League where its girls won league titles in four of the past five years, TC is looking at this season as a chance to establish itself as a team to be reckoned with in the CCAA.
Turlock High's girls basketball team has struggled through a string of injuries in 2015. With the loss of sophomore standout Shae Williams for the season due to an ACL tear and issues with sprained ankles and concussions with a couple other players, the Bulldogs found themselves pulling up reserves from the JV ranks last week just to be able to compete.
Pitman High and Golden Valley High waged a neck-and-neck race for last year's Central California Conference wrestling championship that saw the Pride edge out the Cougars to claim their first CCC title in program history.
Wednesday marked the start of Southern Athletic League play for the Denair High wrestling team which welcomed a thin Orestimba squad at home.
With only one game left in preseason, the Pitman High boys basketball team was looking for any spark and they got that on Tuesday night after Branson Garcia knocked in 24 points to lead the Pride into a 66-38 home shellacking over Livingston and snap a three game losing.
The Bulldog Classic has been a destination tournament for wrestlers for years. Scheduled at the end of pre-league competition, Turlock High has used its home tournament as a way to prepare its wrestlers for the Central California Conference, pitting them against talent from a variety of local schools.
MANTECA - Missing four starters due to injury, the visiting Turlock girls basketball team was no match for Manteca on Monday as the host Buffaloes wrapped up non-league play with a 50-29 win at Winter Gymnasium.
The Turlock High Bulldogs ended their year at the 15th Annual Modesto Christian Holiday Hoop Classic on Tuesday, but not with confetti and cheers. The Bulldogs lost to Salesian, 55-58.
The Pitman High boys varsity basketball team won the eight-team Oakdale Tournament last year and the Pride were looking to repeat as the champions this season, but fate had another thing in mind.
The Pitman High girls started their second annual holiday tournament with a dominating performance over Pacheco, 68-42, however the Lady Pride were not able to hold on to that momentum for the following two rounds of play, and ended the tourney in eighth place.
Pitman High signaled the beginning of the second annual Pitman Pride Holiday Classic with a dominant performance against Pacheco High Friday night as its girls pounced on the Panthers for a 68-42 win.
Turlock High fell short of orchestrating a fourth-quarter comeback Friday afternoon in its game against Inglewood High in the 15th Annual Modesto Christian Holiday Hoop Classic, losing 53-58 in the first day of the four-day tournament.
Turlock Christian High's home game against Pitman High on Monday came down to the wire, putting cheering sections from both sides on edge as the game was decided in the final seconds of regulation and by a margin of only one point. The Eagles walked away from the fray with the 43-42 victory, but even though the game's finale was close and theatrical, the bulk of the game was anything but.
The Denair Holiday Classic boys basketball tournament concluded Saturday, with the host team coming in fourth place after the Coyotes fell to the Hughson Huskies, 51-57, on Saturday.
Action at the Denair High basketball tournament resumed on Friday when two local teams in Turlock Christian and Delhi met on the court in the consolation bracket with both teams seeking a win after falling in the first round.
Four more Pitman High athletes will soon be joining the collegiate ranks after signing letters of intent on Tuesday. Quentin Hernandez, Cristian Clementi, Gilbert Valadez and Angel Velasquez each put ink to paper in front of friends and family for their individual colleges as Hernandez signed on to play football for George Fox University in Oregon and Clementi, Valadez and Velasquez signed on to wrestle for Grand Canyon University in Arizona, Luther College in Iowa and Northern Illinois University, respectively.
Turlock High girls soccer owned the 2015 season as far as the Central California Conference was concerned, edging out Merced High in a tight race for first place en route to the Bulldogs' fourth consecutive league championship. That momentum was put to a halt immediately in the post season, however, when Turlock traveled to Bella Vista High on Tuesday for the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I Tournament.
Local golfers represented their schools well at CIF Sac-Joaquin Divisional Tournaments on Monday, with Turlock Christian placing third in the Division VI tournament and Turlock High taking fourth in Division I competition. Hilmar's Landon Azevedo, Turlock's Logan Adams and Turlock Christian High's Logun Lundquist will all advance to the Master's level after notching qualifying scores in their respective tournaments.
Monday marked the start of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs for local high school tennis teams that included Delhi, Denair, Pitman and Turlock High. All but Turlock fell in the opening round after the Bulldogs edged out the visiting Folsom Bulldogs, 6-3, on Tuesday in a comeback victory.
Denair High tennis head coach Bill Weber has his sights set on a long and prosperous future the Coyote program and he is off to a good start. After Friday's Southern Athletic League tournament, Denair can boast two league winners in the mixed doubles and the boys singles brackets.
Turlock High won the final game of its three-game series with rival Pitman High Friday afternoon, beating the Pride 8-3 after falling 0-7 on Tuesday and 5-6 on Thursday. But while Pitman walked away from Turlock's home field in the loser's column on Friday, its boys exited the week as winners, at least partially, of the Central California Conference with only one win needed to claim the outright championship.
A local face will be taking over the Denair High School football head coaching duties.
Hilmar High's Jacob Ahid has been a small-town, valley boy all his life. He's developed as a baseball player from child to adolescent, but for the next step in his baseball career Ahid will be leaving Hilmar and heading to Seaside where he will become the newest addition to California State University, Monterey Bay.
The Hilmar High boys varsity golf team failed to pick up a Trans Valley League championship this past Monday at La Contenta Golf Course.
Pitman, which has been neck and neck with Merced all season long, placed second for both the girls and boys in the Central California Conference Championship meet that took place at Golden Valley High on Saturday to finish just behind Merced in the CCC.
Turlock High's Ryan Asai went into Tuesday's Central California Conference singles tournament with high hopes. The Bulldog boasted an undefeated record heading into the tournament, but met his match in Merced's Juan Ciudad in the semifinal round.
The Turlock High boys varsity golf team has won its fourth Central California Conference tournament in the last five years after edging out Pitman and Buhach on Monday at the Merced Country Club.
It was a defensive deadlock for the majority of Tuesday's cross-town showdown between Turlock and Pitman High. After four innings of solid pitching from the Bulldogs' Nick Avila and Pride's Nick Jones, the scoreboard read 0-0 and everyone was left questioning, who would falter first?
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