In the world of sports there are two options for struggling teams; either lie down or step up.
Pitman High finished its season undefeated on the tennis court with a 9-0 victory over Buhach Colony High on Tuesday. The Pride (10-0 CCC) had already solidified their position as Central California Conference Champions prior to the match.
Pitman High's boys and girls sailed to convincing victories over Turlock High on Thursday. The Pride hosted the Bulldogs in their first Central California Conference meet of the season as their boys won 112-64 and their girls won 108-75.
It was windy and cold when Turlock and Pitman high met on the track of Joe Debely Stadium on Wednesday. In their first and only head to head meet of the season the Bulldogs and Pride competed neck and neck in nearly every event as their athletes vied for personal bests and a team victory.
Pitman High continued its quest to the top of the Central California Conference softball standings this week with its sweep of rival Turlock High. The Pride (6-2 CCC) played the Bulldogs (0-8 CCC) on Wednesday and Thursday, winning their first matchup 8-2 and their second 10-0.
After some scheduling changes, Turlock and Pitman High finally met at the Turlock Country Club for their first Central California Conference matchup. Wednesday's winds proved to be a daunting obstacle as the Bulldogs (6-0 CCC) and Pride (4-2 CCC) chipped away at the course hole by hole.
Last time Turlock and Pitman High met on the tennis court the Pride (9-0 CCC) defeated a Bulldog (7-2 CCC) team that was missing its top three singles players. On Tuesday the cross town rivals met once again, in their final matchup of the season, to decide who would claim this year's Central California Conference championship.
Turlock and Pitman high met on the baseball field Tuesday afternoon for the first time this season. The Bulldogs (4-3 CCC) and Pride (3-4 CCC) entered their matchup in a tie for third place in the Central California Conference, adding fuel to the already heated rivalry.
The girls of Turlock and Pitman high's soccer teams met for the second time on Tuesday night, this time under the lights at Joe Debely Stadium.
Turlock Christian High and Denair High played a series of baseball games on Wednesday and Friday, splitting the matchups. The Eagles (5-1 SAL) entered Wednesday's game at Pedretti Park undefeated but left with a loss after the Coyotes (2-4 SAL) earned a hard fought 4-3 victory. TC responded with vengeance on Friday, beating Denair 7-3.
Turlock Christian and Delhi high school tennis teams met on Brenda Athletic Club's courts in Turlock on Thursday. The Eagles entered their meeting against the formidable Hawks knowing full well their incomplete squad wouldn't win the team match. Despite the circumstances, TC pressed forward; playing for the pride of competition and self improvement.
Turlock High hosted Golden Valley High's softball team on Wednesday, determined to win its first league game of the season. The Bulldogs (0-5 CCC) looked poised to do just that from the beginning of the afternoon matchup against the Cougars (2-3 CCC) but one inning changed everything, resulting in a 14-10 comeback win for Golden Valley.
After dropping both its games against number one seed Buhach Colony High last week, the Pitman High baseball team rebounded with a sweep over Atwater High on Thursday. The Pride hosted the Falcons in their final matchup of the week, notching a 5-2 victory.
Turlock High's girls soccer team continued its streak of success against Merced High on Tuesday night. Under the lights in Joe Debely Stadium - and in the rain - the Bulldogs (6-0-1 CCC) beat the Bears (2-3-2 CCC) 3-1, remaining undefeated and in the number one spot in the Central California Conference.
Turlock High's Tyler Murphy helped the Bulldogs (2-3 CCC) overcome Golden Valley High (2-3 CCC) on Tuesday as he manned the mound for all seven innings. Murphy opened the game with five straight strike outs and ended the day with a total of 13 strike outs in the 4-1 victory over the Cougars.
Turlock and Pitman High will meet on the baseball field in a game to watch, before league play even starts after both squads notched back-to-back wins in this year's Pedretti Tournament earning a spot in the championship round.
Turlock's Albino Orozco (170 pounds) is the last man standing for area wrestlers in the CIF State Wrestling Championships at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield.
The Central California Conference is known to be one of the most competitive leagues in the valley in nearly every sport-including softball.
Turlock and Pitman High kicked off track season on Friday by going the distance, joining 16 other high schools at Joe Debely Stadium for the Pitman Distance Wars. But while only a handful of each team's track competitors actually saw action on Friday, their respective rosters-sprinters, jumpers, and throwers-were in attendance to cheer their teammates on.
With preseason currently in play, the Southern Athletic League and Trans Valley League girls soccer teams prepare for another fresh season.
The California Interscholastic Federation State Wrestling Championships is two days away. After countless hours of practice and months of preparation-and in some cases years-seven local wrestlers are on the cusp of what will be the biggest stage of their wrestling careers. They're State bound.
The Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament, the final stop before every high school wrestler's apex dream-the State Tournament.
The Pitman High soccer tournament was supposed to be a launching point for the 2014 season, unfortunately, Mother Nature forced the tourney to get cancelled and sent most of the 36 scheduled teams back home.
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