The Central California Conference has been the epitome of a rollercoaster this season in boys basketball. Every team has beaten each other up and every game seems to be a nail biter until the end. Things continued to go the same route on Friday night when Turlock High visited CCC foe Golden Valley in a game for first place in league.
The Turlock Christian boys basketball team nabbed back-to-back wins against a struggling Gustine High, which has yet to win a game this season.
Turlock High's girls basketball squad has lost 18 straight games - with every single one of those losses due to second half mistakes.
Pitman High, Turlock High, and Hilmar High marked the midpoint of the prep wrestling season with a weekend trip to Gilroy for the 2014 Mid Cals Tournament where wrestlers did their best to earn their team's respective third, sixth, and 38th place finishes.
The Turlock Christian girls' basketball squad has now won five consecutive Southern Athletic League games, after defeating Delhi High on Saturday then taking down Gustine High on Monday night.
In their homecoming bout on Saturday, the Turlock Christian boys' basketball squad was able to notch out a victory in their first meeting of the year against Southern Athletic League opponents Delhi.
The struggles continue for Pitman High's girls basketball team. After finishing 9-8 in pre-league play, the Pride have since dropped their first three Central California Conference matchups, with the most recent loss coming at the hands of Atwater High in a 51-37 final on Thursday.
Pitman High went to Golden Valley to face off against the Cougars in a Central California Conference matchup on Friday night but fell 57-77.
Turlock High's boys basketball team fell to the Atwater Falcons in Friday night's Central California Conference bout in what resulted in a one point loss of 53-54.
With league play resuming on Friday night, Turlock Christian and Denair clashed in a Southern Athletic League boys basketball bout.
All things went Merced's way when they came into Pitman High to square off in a Central California Conference showdown on Friday night.
Turlock High is walking out of week two of the Central California Conference boys basketball season with a perfect 2-0 record after Friday's 80-61 blowout of Buhach Colony High.
It's the game Pitman High's girls had been waiting for all season - the Central California Conference home opener against defending league champions Buhach Colony High.
Pitman High's Cyle Williams hit the go-ahead game-winning jumper against Central California Conference foe Buhach Colony at home on Friday night in the closing seconds of regulation in a match that ended tight at 52-50.
Turlock and Golden Valley High stood atop the wooden tiles that line the floor of Bulldog Arena in a familiar position Friday night. With the game clock minutes away from expiration, the scoreboard read 50-49-a one possession game.
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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