To say Pitman High was eager to get the 2013 high school football season started would be an understatement. They waited through the off-season, had to wait through opening Friday, and were forced to wait an extra half-hour due to a delay before their Saturday night home opener-but when the wait was over the Pride uncorked.
Turlock High kicked off the 2013 high school football season in grand fashion Friday night when it hosted Valley Oak League stalwarts and 2012 Division II State runner ups Oakdale High.
The Delhi High football team won its season opener at home in shutout fashion, dominating Galt High by a score of 20-0, after an all around impressive performance by the defense.
Fresh off a Division VI Sac-Joaquin Section championship run last season, the Turlock Christian volleyball team is hoping to capture the one title that was out of reach - a Southern League banner.
It was a rollercoaster last year in the Central California Conference for local high school volleyball teams. Pitman High blazed through the conference going undefeated with a 15-0 record, while Turlock went 1-13 and struggled with a young team going through a reconstruction phase in coach Amber Castillon's second year.
The Hilmar High varsity volleyball team placed second last year in the Trans Valley League with a 10-2 record; but this year they return with a vengeance with one goal in mind - dethroning Escalon. The Cougars were last year's conference champions, finishing with an undefeated record of 12-0.
Like many small schools, Turlock Christian High has had its fair share of problems when it comes to student enrollment and athletics. Typically, the resulting effect of low roster numbers is a decreased level of competiveness but other measures-such as the elimination of junior varsity programs- have also been taken in years past.
Case Hirdes' veins pump rodeo blood. The Turlock teenager has been enthralled with the sport and the lifestyle since as long as he can remember; following the dusty boot prints of his grandfather Les, father Ed and brother Blake. While his high school peers focused on sports like baseball and football, Hirdes soaked up all things rodeo as he competed in both amateur and high school competitions.
Four years ago, Cerah Moren attended the USA Youth Outdoor Championships with a broken arm and, understandably, left the competition with less than stellar results. Since then, the young Turlocker healed, continued with her track and field training, and picked up new skills and abilities that many girls her age do not have.
Turlock High's Isaac Bertalotto was on the national stage once again last week when he joined the California USA Wrestling team in Florida for the USA Wrestling Cadet National Duals Tournament. With his help in the 145 pound division, the California team earned 7th place in the Freestyle competition and finished as consolation champions in Greco-Roman. It was Bertalotto's first national team experience.
Austin Bush's junior baseball season was one he will likely never forget. With his gloved hand on first base and with both hands gripping the bat from the plate, Bush helped his Turlock High team win an undefeated league title, set a 26 consecutive win streak record, and compete for a Division I SJS championship.
Turlock and Pitman High will each have one representative in tonight's 40th annual Lions All-Star Football Game at Modesto Junior College. Da'Shawn Holcombe and Diego Camorlinga will sport Bulldog and Pride helmets, respectively, alongside former competitors and strangers as part of the 2013 South squad.
The Turlock Christian High varsity football program has a new head coach. After two years, Shane Smith has stepped down and Robert Kisse will step in to lead the Eagles.
The East took down the West, 5-2, in a defensive grudge battle in the 24th annual Modesto Sunrise Rotary Baseball classic on Saturday - a tradition that dates back to 1990.
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?
After three years of getting dominated by Merced (10-2), the Pitman High (9-3) varsity softball team finally made history on Friday afternoon, topping the Bears at home, 3-2, and snapping an eight game losing streak that dated back to the 2012 season.
The Turlock Christian varsity softball team has now boasted back-to-back league wins after beating Stone Ridge Christian on Friday, 16-5.
The Turlock High (8-2) varsity baseball team has quietly yet steadily been creeping and stalling just behind or barely ahead of Pitman High for the top spot in the Central California Conference for most the year.
Friday marked the third time this season that both Delhi and Denair High met for one final showdown on the tennis courts as the battle for second place in the Southern Athletic League continued heading into the final two matches.
League championships for boys golf will be held on Monday for schools across the area. These tournaments are typically a place for teams to put in one final, solid performance in the hopes of qualifying for Divisionals as a team, but for Turlock and Hilmar High, its respective tournaments will instead be a formality as its boys have a ticket to Divisionals all but in the bag.
Alyssa Stockton has experienced her fair share of success during her 11 years in a softball uniform, but her biggest achievement was undoubtedly reached on Friday when she signed her letter of intent for California State University, Bakersfield where she will become one of the Roadrunners' pitchers.
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