Four local athletes placed in the top six of their respective events at the Sac-Joaquin Section Track and Field Division I Masters at Elk Grove on Friday. No Pitman or Turlock athletes will move on to State, however.
Many could argue that 2013 was Turlock High's most successful baseball season to date. The Bulldogs won both the Atch Pedretti and Dick Windemuth tournament titles, stormed the Central California Conference championship with an undefeated league campaign, and set a new Turlock record with a 26 game consecutive win streak.
Thirteen athletes from Pitman and Turlock High will compete in the Sac-Joaquin Section Track and Field Division I Masters trials on Thursday at Elk Grove High - 10 from Pitman and three from Turlock.
The Delhi High softball team's hopes for a Division VI title will have to wait another year, as the Hawks fell to Le Grand High, 10-3, in the semi-finals Saturday at the Arnaiz Softball Complex in Stockton.
When Turlock and Pitman High played their final Central California Conference game on May 8 the two rivals thought it would be the last time they would see each other on the baseball diamond until next year.
The Central California Conference is making waves in this year's Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs. Pitman High is one of three CCC teams advancing to the final four, after the Pride defeated Beyer, 7-4, at Klein Field at University of Pacific on Thursday. Pitman joins crosstown rivals Turlock and Buhach Colony in the semi-finals.
Twenty-six consecutive wins is enough to give any baseball team a heaping dose of confidence. Add two tournament titles, an undefeated league championship campaign, and a talent pool that includes at least six players with college commitments into the mix and it's easy to understand how Turlock High might be feeling at the moment.
In their first postseason appearance in over a decade, Delhi High's softball team will advance to the semi-finals and are now just two wins away from the Division VI Sac-Joaquin Section Softball Tournament title. Delhi took down Golden Sierra High, 3-0, at the Lodi Softball Complex on Wednesday.
It's a wrap for Hilmar High's girls soccer team after Wednesday's semi-final loss to Liberty Ranch High in this season's Division V Sac-Joaquin Section playoff tournament. The reigning Trans Valley League champion Yellowjackets and reigning Sierra Valley League champion Hawks played it tight during the first half of the match, but a pair of mental lapses in the second half spelled doom for Hilmar as its girls fell 3-1 and watched their season end abruptly.
A combined total of 25 athletes from Delhi, Denair, Hilmar and Turlock Christian competed in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Track and Field Division IV-V finals at Sierra High School in Manteca on Thursday. Although local athletes fell short of the gold, many notched respectable finishes.
Pitman High faced off against Tokay High in the first round of the Division I Sac-Joaquin Section Baseball playoffs at Zupo Field in Lodi on Monday. The Pride shutout the Tigers, 7-0, and will advance on to the next round for the first time since being knocked out of the tournament in the first round the last two years.
For the third year in a row, Denair High has claimed a Southern Athletic League title in track and field. In 2011 the boys earned the league crown only to be followed by the Lady Coyotes who earned their championship last season. Now, the boys are back, taking the SAL title with 152 points while the ladies finished in second with 116 points.
Turlock and Pitman High's track and field teams continued their campaign of success this year at the Central California Conference Championship meet on Friday in Atwater. The Pride and Bulldogs have a combined 36 representatives-23 from Pitman and 13 from Turlock- competing in the Division I SJS trials today at Elk Grove High.
Turlock High's Teo Chiesa and Hayden Sparks represented the Bulldogs in Monday's Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament at The Reserve at Spanos Park in Stockton. Chiesa finished the day with a 71 and Sparks finished with a score of 77.
Hailee Baldwin was the lone ranger representing Pitman High at the Division I Sac-Joaquin Section finals on Saturday. The Pitman High senior performed exceptionally well as she finished seventh in the individual medley with a personal best of 2:08.09 and finished third in the 100 breast stroke with a personal best of 1:03.68.
The Pride of Pitman came into their second game of the 38th annual Frank Godinez tournament against Laguna Creek - which had to forfeit their first round game due to Thursday's storm -with hopes of turning things around after a crushing first round loss to Beyer High.
Another solid effort from Turlock High on the court has landed the Bulldogs in the finals of the Frank Godinez Boys Basketball Tournament for the third year in a row.
Things are finally shaping up for Denair High boys basketball coach RJ Henderson, with the help of assistant head coach Garett Elliott and the commitment from this year's team.
With football being such a rich and successful tradition at Hilmar High, it seems like the basketball program takes the back seat - especially after coming away with only one winning season since 2007.
Pitman High volleyball has been synonymous with dominance in 2014. The Pride steamrolled nearly every opponent they faced this season with its combination of size, power and speed. And when a team rose to the occasion to provide Pitman with a challenge, its girls seemed to persevere through sheer force of will.
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