With no playoff implications, Pitman High's softball team still came out strong in the season finale against their crosstown rivals, Turlock High, on Tuesday, and won 12-2.
Pitman High's Eric Reza and Kelsee Derr signed their respective letters of intent to compete for Willamette University and Liberty University on Tuesday. Following Pride tradition, the two seniors put ink to paper in the Pitman library as a large crowd of family, friends, coaches, and school administrators watched.
Turlock High's girls soccer team found itself stuck between Granite Bay and a hard place Tuesday afternoon during the first round of the Division I Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs. The reigning Central California Conference champions hosted the Grizzlies in what started as a fast paced matchup, but the Bulldogs soon found themselves outsized and outmuscled in what turned into a 3-1 loss and an early post-season elimination.
Pitman freshman Natasha Sondeno dived in at the varsity level of the Sac-Joaquin Section finals competition on Saturday, and came away with a fourth place finish.
It was a tough matchup for the boys of the Turlock High tennis team as they were swept by the first ranked Davis High, 9-0, at Monday's Section playoffs.
The Turlock High baseball team extended its lengthy winning streak to an amazing 24 games after defeating Atwater on Friday at home 3-1. The Bulldogs are 3-0 against the Falcons this year and continue their undefeated streak in the Central California Conference at 14 (24-1 overall, 14-0 CCC).
The season is over for Turlock Christian and Delhi High baseball teams. The Monte Vista Avenue rivals met at Pedretti Field on Thursday for their last game of the season and played through seven innings under the Valley sun. After a near TC comeback, Delhi held on for a 5-3 victory to complete a season sweep over its Southern Athletic League rival.
Back to back. That's what the girls at Hilmar High are chanting after winning this season's Trans Valley League Championship on Wednesday. With a 2-1 defeat of Ripon High, the Yellowjackets cemented their place as TVL title holders and officially opened the gates for another trip into the post-season.
The Turlock High boys golf team won its 10th straight Central California Conference title on Monday at the league finals at Pheasant Run with a score of 415.
The Pitman High baseball team defeated Merced High at home on Friday, 7-6, after a sacrifice fly from Brent Gonsalves drove in Alex Sniezek from third in the bottom of the seventh. Starting pitcher Jordan Gonzalez threw for 6 2/3 innings and allowed only two runs on three hits, six walks, and struck out 10 before being relieved by Derek Finney.
The Delhi softball team ended its regular season falling to Le Grand on Friday with a score of 2-3.
Turlock and Pitman High's boys and girls competed in the section diving trials at Johansen on Thursday and Friday, with two moving on into today's finals.
Turlock and Pitman High met at Joe Debely Stadium for the 15th and final Central California Conference match of the season on Wednesday. With a slight lead over second place Golden Valley High in the league standings, the Bulldogs were playing for their second consecutive outright CCC championship.
The Pitman High girls soccer team tied 2-2 against Golden Valley High after a shaky second half start in Monday's crucial Central California Conference matchup.
It was an interesting day in Turlock on Tuesday as the wind reached nearly 30 miles per hour; however, nothing slowed down the Pitman Pride's potent offensive performance as they shutout Buhach Colony, 6-0.
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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