The hunt for the Central California Conference girls soccer title just got interesting as the top three teams-Golden Valley, Pitman, and Turlock High- are now separated by the slightest of margins. After starting the season with three consecutive losses, the reigning CCC champion Bulldogs have climbed back into contention by winning five or their last six games.
Pride freshman Matt Carrigg pitched five shutout innings, allowed only two hits, walked one and struck out three of 18 batters faced, en route to a wild 6-5 victory over Merced on Friday.
Ask any athlete who's serious about their sport and they'll tell you that one of the most important factors of success is to establish goals.
Pitman High is number one in the Central California Conference standings with one half of the regular season complete. The Pride maintained their top position on Monday with a 2-0 victory over Buhach Colony High as they braved winds as high as 45 miles per hour.
Two weeks ago Turlock High dropped its first match of the season against Merced High, 5-4. Though the loss was a shock to the Bulldogs' system, it was an understandable outcome considering two key players were missing from the lineup.
In late February Turlock High began its season of baseball by losing a one run game to Lincoln High. After shaking off the initial disappointment, the Bulldogs responded with an Atch Pedretti Tournament Championship and a perfect 6-0 start to their Central California Conference season-parts of the sum of a current 15 game win streak.
The Delhi High softball team hasn't done much losing this season. The Lady Hawks completed the first half of their Southern Athletic League season with a 5-1 record and on Friday they continued their winning ways with back-to-back victories over Turlock and Patterson High during the first day of the NorCal Tournament in Tracy.
Turlock High's Central California Conference success was carried over to the Dick Windemuth Tournament on Monday and Tuesday. With an undefeated CCC record, the Bulldogs took on and trounced Modesto Metro Conference contenders Gregori and Enochs High 8-5 and 9-2, respectively.
It's been a victorious start to this year's Windemuth Tournament for Pitman High. After splitting games with Atwater High to mark the mid-point of the Central California Conference season, the Pride enjoyed a break from league play on Monday and Tuesday with games against Modesto and Beyer High.
It's spring break, a time for high school kids to relax, take a vacation, catch up with friends, and get their minds off of school work.
Denair High struggled through the first two days of this year's Art McRae Ceres Tournament, losing a close 4-1 game to Rio Vista High on Monday and dropping Tuesday's game against Orestimba High, 14-1.
The girls of Hilmar High were stung a week ago when they were handed their first Trans Valley League loss by none other than rival Escalon High. Despite outshooting the Cougars 12-3, the Yellowjackets were shut out, 3-0, and left with a bad taste in their mouths.
It started with an offensive flurry on Wednesday and ended with steady pressure on Thursday, but the constant in both of Turlock High's victories over Golden Valley High this week was stingy defense.
Isaac Bertalotto's 2013 season as a Turlock High wrestler was a successful one, to say the least. Bertalotto ended his sophomore year with an eighth place finish in the California High School State Championships and placed himself in elite Turlock company. But, as it turns out, the young Bulldog wasn't finished.
Turlock High's Claire Silva signed on to run for William Jessup University's cross country team on Tuesday, ensuring herself a new home once her senior year as a Bulldog comes to an end in June.
Action at the Denair High basketball tournament resumed on Friday when two local teams in Turlock Christian and Delhi met on the court in the consolation bracket with both teams seeking a win after falling in the first round.
Denair High will be playing for third place in its Denair Holiday Classic today after dropping Friday's game against Millennium High, 52-62. The Coyotes (4-8) hit the court strong against the Falcons (6-0) in the first half, but a third quarter slump that saw Millennium nearly double Denair's offensive output dashed the Coyotes' hopes at a championship run in their home tournament.
The girls of Turlock Christian High (6-4) hosted the much improved Denair Coyotes (4-4) on Friday night in a critical showdown between the two local schools.
In a complete turnaround from last year's disappointing start, the Denair High boys basketball team cruised its way out of the opening round of their home tournament with a convincing 52-29 win over Tioga High on Thursday night.
The Turlock Christian Eagles did not start off the Denair High basketball tournament how they had hoped, but instead fell into the consolation bracket after dropping the first game to Hughson in the opening round on Thursday night, 50-73.
Delhi High's boys basketball team pulled double duty on Thursday. First they put their brains to the test for finals, then they kicked off the Denair Holiday Classic with a game against Linden High.
Denair High nearly upset Ripon High on the wrestling mat Wednesday night, out-pinning the Indians four to six, but 18 points from a trio of forfeits was too much for the Coyotes to overcome. With holes at the 106-pound, 160-pound and Heavyweight weight classes, Denair dropped its first dual meet of the season, 30-41.
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.
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