Last year Turlock High's varsity boys tennis team went a perfect 12-0 in the Central California Conference behind head coach Juana Alaniz, who after the season decided to call it quits while his assistant coach Bill Weber recently accepted the head coaching job at Denair High.
Last year was a split success for the Delhi and Denair High track and field programs as both boys teams dominated in the Southern Athletic League, while the respective girls teams finished in the bottom half of league.
Turlock and Pitman High ended day-two of this year's Pedretti Tournament with a loss and are 1-1 after Friday's contest heading into the final day today.
The start to the Central California Conference swimming season was a success for both the girls and boys of Turlock High and Pitman High. With respective swim meets against Golden Valley High and Atwater High, the Bulldogs and Pride took the first step towards improving on last year efforts with convincing wins.
Denair native Bobby Swedberg was named the Hilmar High School varsity baseball head coach in the fall, taking over a team that battled with much controversy en route to a 7-5 Trans Valley League record in 2014, placing fifth for the year.
The 2015 has the potential to be the best season to date for the track and field teams of Turlock and Pitman highs. While the Bulldogs will be looking for a redemptive year, the Pride will aim for a repeat.
Pitman and Turlock High softball programs had very different seasons last year.
High-class wrestlers are often separated by the slimmest of margins - a point, a move, a mistake. This is especially true at the CIF State Wrestling Championships where the best wrestlers California has to offer come together to decide who's number one.
Wrestling season is over for all but one of Pitman High's four State representatives after day one of the CIF State Championships. Though they entered Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield with the same podium dreams as teammate Angel Velasquez, Pride wrestlers Isiah Perez (113), Adam Velasquez (120) and Gilbert Valadez (145) will be fulfilling supporting roles today after being eliminated from the State Tournament on Friday.
Angel Velasquez is only two matches away from becoming a State champion. It's an unexpected position for the Pride senior, not because of lack of skill or ability, but because he was barred from competition for much of the 2014-15 wrestling season while his eligibility as a transfer was reviewed.
Delhi and Denair High baseball programs have begun their 2015 regular season on the diamond and with aspirations of competing for a Southern Athletic League title. Achieving those champion dreams will be a tough road ahead for both teams as they are coming off losing seasons.
The Turlock and Pitman baseball programs enter the 2015 season coming from different places - the Bulldogs from earning three league titles in four years and the Pride from a disappointing 8-7 season in 2014 - but both hoping to clinch a top spot in the Central California Conference. Both teams have the potential to reach their shared goal.
Pitman High entered the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Championships in Stockton on Friday with the aim to match or best its performance from a season ago in which four of its wrestlers qualified for the State Championships. While the Pride fielded the exact same number of qualifiers as last season, Angel Velasquez's (132 pound) championship effort on the mat solidified the 2014-15 season as Pitman's most successful ever. The Pride also put in its best team performance to date with an 8th place finish.
Pitman and Turlock High's girls varsity soccer squads kicked off the 2015 regular season with a two-day tournament event at Pitman with 16 schools from around the area competing for a chance to call themselves the best of the tourney.
The 2014 season was arguably one of the most exciting years for high school sports in the area and it wasn't any different in varsity girls soccer.
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?
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.
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