Eight years ago Nicole Larson was introduced to a game called soccer. She had never played before but the call of competition sucked her in and hooked her instantly. Her Turlock Youth Soccer Association coach Jim Tejeda recognized her passion-and her talent-and made a bold prediction.
Atwater High was back in Turlock Tuesday night, five days after a failed comeback attempt against Pitman High. This time the Falcons faced off against Turlock High in a game with a much different tone. Atwater hit the Bulldogs early and often with consistent scoring and rebounding en route to a 40-34 victory.
Hilmar High redirected its ship Monday night when the Orestimba High Warriors rolled into town. After dropping consecutive games to Modesto Christian and Riverbank High, the Yellowjackets (17-6 overall, 5-5 TVL) saved their Trans Valley League season with a dominant 57-41 victory over the Warriors (5-20 overall, 0-10 TVL) to put them in the top tier of league standings.
RIPON - The Southern League girls basketball title is likely to be shared by its two parochial schools for a second straight season.
It was all about control for Pitman High Thursday night when Atwater High rolled into town.
It was the final dual meet of the season Wednesday night and fans from both Turlock and Pitman High sat in the stands of Turlock's girls gym, giddy with anticipation and ready to watch the cross-town rivals compete on the mat. For a few Bulldog seniors it would be their last chance to wrestle in front of a home crowd-but some never got the chance.
Normally Pitman High's aim is a top tier finish at its annual home tournament, the Rumble in the Jungle, but with eight wrestlers sidelined due to match count the Pride hit the mat on Saturday with their sights set on individual success.
It was the matchup of the season Friday night.
It happens nearly every time they step on the same court.
Turlock High wrestling improved to 3-0 in the Central California Conference this week with dual wins over Merced High in Tuesday and Buhach Colony High on Wednesday. The Bulldogs defeated the Bears by winning 10 of the night's 14 matches and put down the Thunder by winning 12 of 15 matches.
Brandon Harris is a Pitman High original.
Pitman High opened Tuesday's game against rival Turlock High with a Britney Leon trey- an early sign of things to come.
Denair High's girls led Southern Athletic League rival Delhi High for the entire first half of Thursday's basketball game, but with one quarter left to play the situation seemed dire for the Coyotes. After struggling to contain Denair's offense, the Hawks closed the gap on the Coyotes and pulled away with a 13 point lead.
ESCALON - A 15-point Hilmar High deficit at the half suddenly expanded in the midst of a 21-8 third quarter run for Escalon's varsity boys basketball team as abysmal scoring plagued the Yellowjackets throughout a 56-33 Trans Valley League defeat on Tuesday.
It was more than just another basketball game Monday night when Turlock Christian High hosted its arch rival Ripon Christian High. The less than spacious Calvary Baptist Gym was packed to the gills as both Eagles (14-3 overall, 4-0 SAL) and Knights (9-6 overall, 3-1 SAL) supporters watched from the bleachers, hallways, and even the floor as the defending Southern Athletic League Co-Champions had it out.
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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