For the first time since the regular season ended, Turlock High's future looked bleak Wednesday night. After keeping their opponents off the scoreboard on their way to the Division II SJS semi-final match, the Bulldogs found themselves trailing Folsom High 1-0 with less than 10 minutes left in regulation.
Sarah Amaral and her Eagle teammates stepped onto their home court for the first round of the Division VI SJS Playoffs Thursday night with typical post-season expectations. They expected support from their fans, a formidable opponent in Lodi Academy High, and, above all else, they expected to win.
After a long battle ending in two 10 minute overtimes and additional penalty kicks, the Delhi Hawks lost their chance to make the finals, and clench the Division V SJS Section Championship. The Hawks faced the Riverbank Bruins at Riverbank High, and kept up a tie 1-1 game throughout the entire match beginning from the first half.
Two days after defeating Los Banos High in a tight, five set, first-round playoff match, Hilmar High's girls endured another grueling five set match against Sonora High. Unlike their victory against the Tigers, the Yellowjackets fell one set short against the Wildcats (19-25, 26-24, 25-23, 21-25, and 12-15), leading to an early exit from the Division IV SJS Tournament.
Pitman High found itself in unfamiliar territory Tuesday night when it hosted Bella Vista High in the first round of the Division I SJS Playoffs. The two time Central California Conference champions, who are accustomed to dominating their opponents on the court, met their match in the Broncos. Bella Vista turned the tables and earned a straight set victory (20-25, 20-25, and 22-25) over the Pride.
After a long and arduous cross country season, Turlock and Pitman High will each have one representative at Saturday's SJS Division II Section Championship race at Willow Hills Park in Folsom. Bulldog Logan Connor and Pride Jami Ford qualified for the race with impressive performances at the SJS Sub-Sections, finishing 55th and 43rd in their classes, respectively.
Turlock and Pitman High came together on Friday night for the 9th Annual Harvest Bowl -a matchup that has become more of an event and not just your typical football game. The two crosstown rivals lived up to the hype once the whistle blew, exchanging hard hits, touchdowns, and attitudes. In the end, the Pride weathered an early Turlock storm on their way to a 49-27 victory and the school's seventh Harvest Bowl win.
Turlock High hasn't allowed a goal in its last two matches, the most recent of which was a 3-0 victory over Rio Linda High in the second round of the Division II SJS Playoffs on Thursday. The strength of the Bulldogs' defense and their opportunistic offensive attack has landed them in a semi-final matchup against Folsom High at home on Wednesday, one step away from a potential section championship.
Delhi High earned its second Southern Athletic League banner in school history this year, the prize of a co-championship season on the soccer field. Now, the Hawks' boys are on a mission to add a Division V SJS Section Championship to the mix, and after a 3-0 first-round victory over Highlands High, they may very well be on their way.
Denair High (2-8) fell 37-18 to the Delhi Hawks (4-6) on Friday night for the last Southern League matchup of the 2012 season.
After finishing fourth in the Southern Athletic League, Turlock Christian High's volleyball playoff picture was uncertain. The Eagles were expecting a post-season berth to hinge on an out bracket match, but surprisingly TC was seeded 3rd in the Division VI SJS Playoff bracket and awarded a first round home game.
Hilmar High's volleyball team had a pretty good run in the Trans Valley League this season. With the exception of TVL champs Escalon High, the Yellowjackets defeated each league opponent that stepped onto the court, earning them a spot in the Division IV SJS playoffs as the 11th seed. On Tuesday, Hilmar will travel to Los Banos for the first round of the post-season in what is sure to be an exciting match.
Pitman High had a monster of a volleyball season this year, decisively defeating every Central California Conference team that crossed its path. Under the tutelage of head coach Kristen Pontes, the Pride won their second straight CCC title on Tuesday, freeing themselves from the confines of their league as they head into the Division I San Joaquin Section Playoff Tournament.
Britney Leon's 2012 tennis season came to an end at the Division I SJS Section Tournament on Thursday. The reigning Central California Conference singles champion met her match in St. Mary's High's Elizabeth Stevens who eliminated the Pride standout in straight sets (2-6, 1-6).
Pitman High's volleyball team got a taste of championship glory for the first time last year and decided it wanted more in 2012. The Pride (15-0 CCC) not only achieved their goal, they set the bar higher; improving on last year's record with an undefeated Central California Conference campaign.
Tuesday was a good day for Turlock and Pitman High baseball teams at the 45th annual Dick Windemuth Tournament as both squads came away with victories.
Turlock High runners made their mark at the Woody Wilson Invitational on Saturday, held at UC Davis, with nine students competing in their respective events.
Both Turlock and Pitman High's baseball programs have solidified themselves atop the Central California Conference, and this past week both squads proved why they are to be considered teams to be reckoned with.
All season long, the fourth inning has been trouble for the Pitman Pride softball team - and Thursday's Central California Conference matchup against Atwater proved it once again.
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