Tuesday marked the final Central California Conference center meet of the season, but it also marked the end of two long and dedicated coaching careers. As track athletes from Turlock and Pitman High limbered up and prepared to compete against each other and the rest of the league, Bulldogs head coach Mike Brown and assistant coach Dee Gilmore were helping run the show at Joe Debely Stadium for the last time.
The girls swim team from Pitman (539) and Turlock High (311) finished 2nd and 3rd, respectively, at the Central California Conference finals at Pitman High on Saturday. The boys from Turlock took third (342) and the Pride fifth (269).
Delhi High took another step towards a potential second place finish in the Southern Athletic League and an improved post-season placement with Friday's 10-0 defeat of Gustine High. The Hawks earned their second consecutive win with a combination of solid bats from the plate and a barrage of consistent pitches from sophomore Alyssa Stockton.
The Central California Conference swim trials got underway on Friday at Pitman High as both the Pride and Turlock High Bulldogs look to end the season on a high note. Pitman and Turlock boys had 15 top eight finishes and 10 individuals will be moving on to the finals. The girls finished with 29 top eight finishes and will have 19 representatives on day two.
The members of the Pitman High golf teamed played their best game of the season on Thursday, defeating league leaders and cross-town rivals Turlock High. The Pride earned the 205-209 victory over the Bulldogs on their home course at Diablo Grande in the final regular matchup of the season.
It was a day of redemption on Thursday for Turlock High's Jordan Bean and Aldair Lima at the Central California Conference boys Doubles Tournament at Merced High. Just two days after early elimination in the CCC boys Singles Tournament-Bean in the first round and Lima in the second-the Bulldog pair teamed up and barreled through the competition, defeating all opponents in straight sets en route to a tournament championship.
Hilmar High shutout rivals Escalon High 4-0 at home on Wednesday to take first place in the Trans Valley League.
Turlock High is now in first place in the Central California Conference girls soccer standings with only two regular season games remaining. After a dominating 5-0 victory over then first place Golden Valley High on Monday -a win that pulled them within two points of the league lead- the Bulldogs took on and took down Merced High on Wednesday, 3-0, to usurp the Cougars as the top team in the CCC.
Three weeks ago Turlock High was on the brink of its second tournament championship of the season when fate and the weather intervened. The Bulldogs were slated to take on Trans Valley League stalwarts Escalon High in the Dick Windemuth championship game when heavy rains delayed the matchup.
Two points. That's all that now separates Turlock High's girls soccer team from first place Golden Valley High in the Central California Conference standings.
Denair High continued its successful Southern Athletic League campaign on the track Saturday morning in the third SAL meet of the season. The Coyotes earned another first place finish in the boys division and nabbed a third place finish in the girls division despite a couple of absent athletes. Delhi and Turlock Christian High also experienced varying degrees of success with the Hawk boys taking third.
Denair High ousted Turlock Christian High 8-1 in Tuesday's Southern Athletic League finale.
Six Turlock athletes entered the Central California Conference singles tournament on Tuesday at Merced High with high hopes, but only two players made it past the first round.
Pitman High's track and field team placed 33rd out of 50 schools at the Oregon Relays this past Friday and Saturday. Out of the 17 Pride invitees, 10 finished in the top 10. Kelsee Derr placed first in the 100 meter hurdles heat with a time of 15.57 becoming the first Pitman representative to win a race at this event.
Turlock High's record-breaking consecutive win streak has been extended to 19 games after back-to-back victories against rival Pitman High on Wednesday and Friday. The Bulldogs shutout the Pride in both matchups-9-0 on Wednesday and 8-0 on Friday- with the help of ace hurlers Nick Voumard and Tyler Murphy, maintaining their undefeated status in the Central California Conference.
Pitman High entered Friday's home game against Downey High with a team characterized by its youth. With only two returning starters from last year's squad and the bulk of its roster comprised of juniors, the Pride knew that the Knights, back-to-back winners of the Modesto Metro Conference title, would be a difficult challenge to overcome in their season opener.
Turlock High began the 2014 football season the way every team hopes to -with a win. The Bulldogs traveled to Modesto to face Enochs High and came home with a tight 25-20 victory.
Denair's volleyball team has been through a rough patch the last three years, but 2014 is a whole new season.
Ty Pettigrew's girls golf squad has won three of the last four Valley Foothill League titles, and the Hilmar Lady Yellowjackets are looking to make it four out of five after the 2014 year concludes.
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