Tennis season is already in full swing in the Valley. Turlock, Pitman, Delhi, Denair, and Turlock Christian High have been hitting the courts, some new and some old, on a quest to dole out defeat to their respective league opponents and make a run at the post-season.
Isaac Bertalotto became the fourth sophomore in Turlock High's history to claim a medal at the California High School State Finals on Saturday. With a tournament record of 5-3 and an 8th place finish, Bertalotto joined the company of Fabian Garcia, Brandon Egleston, and Lewis Gonzales-his cousin-as the youngest Bulldogs to ever place at the State Tournament.
Last year Turlock and Pitman High's girls had a season to remember in the Central California Conference. After a tight, three game series the Bulldogs emerged as undefeated CCC Champions having edged their rivals out of the honor by a single game. Both teams continued playing into the post-season, but while Pitman fell in the first round Turlock orchestrated a memorable playoff run that ultimately ended at the hands of Franklin High of Elk Grove in the Division I San Joaquin Section semi-finals.
Lori Crivelli presented a check to Turlock High boys basketball team captains DaShawn Holcombe and Austin Bush on Friday as part of Crivelli Insurance Services' 3 for $3, a program that pays for each three-point shot the Bulldogs make through the season. This year's payout was $39 more than last year's.
It's official. The winter season of prep sports is over.
Turlock Christian High's quest for a return trip to the San Joaquin Section Division V title game fell short Wednesday night when the Eagles took on Capital Christian High in a semi-final matchup at Galt High School.
Turlock High is sending five wrestlers to this weekend's California Interscholastic Federation State Championships in Bakersfield after a fifth place team finish at the San Joaquin Section Masters Tournament on Saturday.
Friday proved to be the end of the road for Turlock Christian High's boys basketball team. The Eagles (13-16 overall, 7-7 SAL) failed to carry Wednesday's energy into Friday's matchup with Faith Christian High and lost 65-60 after a failed fourth quarter comeback.
The first post-season step for Turlock Christian High's girls basketball team is over and done with after a 63-51 victory over Foresthill High Thursday night.
Turlock High's hopes for a Division I Sac Joaquin Section title were dashed Wednesday night in Elk Grove when the Bulldogs (17-11 overall, 7-3 CCC) faced Franklin High. After a lack luster first half, Turlock climbed its way back into the game but was ultimately unable to overcome Wildcats. The final score read 67-65.
It was a joyful day for Turlock Christian High's boys basketball team Wednesday night when they hosted Lodi Academy High in the first round of the Sac Joaquin Section Division VI playoffs. The Eagles (13-15 overall, 7-7 SAL) seized the moment in front of an enthusiastic home crowd and walked away from the court with a 70-53 victory and the first post-season win in eight years for TC boys basketball.
Today's a big day for the post-season dreams of a number of high schoolers as three boys basketball teams compete for a chance at a San Joaquin Section title in their respective divisions.
Turlock High is sending seven wrestlers to the San Joaquin Section Division IA Finals, better known as the Masters Tournament, after a third place team finish at last weekend's SJS D1A Championships which was hosted at Pitman High.
Hilmar High's girls basketball team fell to top seeded Bear River High Tuesday night, 63-31, in the first round of the San Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs. The Yellowjackets, who defeated Mariposa High last Friday in a teeth clinching, out bracket 61-59 victory, were no match for the Bruins who put on a basketball clinic in the first half with steady treys and an inside attack.
Stanislaus County dominated Merced County on Friday at the County Clash track meet, with Pitman, Oakdale and Turlock High finishing first, second and third, respectively.
Not even a car crash could keep Brian Dudley and Andrew Knapp, Denair tennis' number one and two singles players, from seeking retribution against league juggernauts Ripon Christian on Friday. The two Coyote players were involved in a head-on collision on their way to the match, but still managed to make it to the courts where they won their matches in the 7-2 effort over the Knights.
Pitman High thoroughly beat Merced High on the baseball diamond Monday afternoon in the Pride's second Central California Conference game of the season. Four days removed from beating Golden Valley High 8-0, Pitman again pitched a shutout as they handed Merced its third consecutive loss by a score of 10-0.
Things have changed in the Central California Conference this year and this week marked the beginning of a three-game series, starting with game one at Turlock High as the Bulldogs hosted the Atwater Falcons.
The Central California Conference and the Modesto Metro Conference gathered together for Saturday's Nor Cal Relay at Johansen High with Turlock and Pitman owning the day on the pool.
It was a down game for the Hilmar varsity baseball team on Saturday afternoon when they hosted Sonora High.
The Hilmar High (6-3-1) girls varsity soccer team is only two wins away from tying last year's win total and league hasn't even started.
Four consecutive errors in the sixth inning gave the Hilmar High varsity softball team its second straight Trans Valley League loss on Friday afternoon as Riverbank played the spoilers in a 3-8 loss.
Denair High came close to earning its first win of the season this week in a two-game showdown with Le Grand High on Wednesday and Friday, but late-inning slumps in both games instead led to a pair of defeats and extended the Coyote's record to 0-8.
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