Soccer players turned field goal kickers: what was once a novel idea has become a recurring trend in high schools and colleges around the nation, local teams not excluded. Turlock and Hilmar High have a history of enlisting soccer standouts for kicking duties, but the Bulldogs and Yellowjackets aren't alone this year because Turlock Christian High has jumped into the fold with senior Arin Morelli.
It was a close match between Turlock and Pitman High when the Lady Bulldogs and Pride met in the Steve Feaver Aquatic Center on Tuesday, or in the words of Turlock Head Coach Sonja Raynes, "It was a barn burner."
It was a game to remember between Turlock and Pitman High's boys water polo teams on Tuesday. The Pride (0-5 CCC) opened the first half with a surprisingly dominant performance against Turlock but the second half, and the match, ultimately belonged to the Bulldogs (2-3 CCC) as they rode an offensive wave to a 12-8 victory.
Turlock's volleyball team finally made its way into the winner's bracket last week against Buhach Colony High and for a moment it looked like the Bulldogs would repeat their success on Tuesday against Atwater High.
Turlock earned some retribution on Tuesday, beating the Merced High team that spoiled their potentially undefeated season earlier in the year 215-235.
Schools often schedule weak opponents for homecoming, but Hilmar High opted for a different route, welcoming a challenge in the undefeated Orestimba High Warriors on Friday. Anxiety was in the air for all four quarters as Hilmar and Orestimba put on a show for the fans at McSweeney field, trading hard shots and touchdowns.
The Denair High football team (0-5) stepped on to the field in hopes of ending their losing streak and picking up their first win of the season as they took on the Knights of Ripon Christian (4-1) Friday night.
Success has eluded Denair and Turlock Christian High on the soccer field this September but Thursday's matchup between the rival, winless schools would change that, as one team was guaranteed to leave with a coveted first league win.
Denair High has had a hard time finding success on the court this season. In the first four Southern Athletic League matches the Coyotes' (0-5 SAL) have only managed to win a total of three sets, creating a need for a confidence boost amongst the team. Similarly, Turlock Christian has also had a rough start to the season, dropping three of its first four matches in straight sets. Needless to say the Eagles (2-3) were also searching for much-needed confidence prior to Wednesday's matchup with Denair.
Sometimes athletic contests are won before they begin; such seemed to be the case when Turlock and Pitman High met on the volleyball court on Tuesday. Three days removed from a championship finish at the Oakdale Tournament, the Pride (4-0 CCC) wore a look of cool confidence on their faces. Across the court, the Bulldogs (0-4 CCC) seemed anxious, weighted with the pressure to overcome the best team in the Central California Conference and save their season.
Turlock High's girls tennis team continued its dominance of the Central California Conference on Tuesday, defeating Pitman High 7-2.
Pitman High remains unbeaten in the Central California Conference after Tuesday's defeat of rival Turlock High, 2-1.
For the second week in a row Pitman High's offense produced a season high scoring effort as they defeated Franklin High of Stockton 62-16. The Pride racked up 497 total yards of offense and spread the ball around to nearly every running back on the roster in their homecoming victory.
It was payback time for Pitman High on Thursday when the Pride hosted Atwater High's volleyball team. The Falcons had defeated Pitman at the Golden Valley Tournament a couple weeks ago and head coach Kristen Pontes and her girls wanted to show Atwater it was a fluke; that they were the better team.
Atwater's girls tennis team was no match for Turlock High on Thursday. The Falcons fell 8-1 with their only win coming by way of their number three doubles team as the Bulldogs (4-0 CCC) remained undefeated on the season.
Pitman High volleyball etched a place for itself in Sac-Joaquin Section history Friday night with its first ever Division I championship victory.
The Hilmar High volleyball team went into Friday's Section championship game against Sonora looking for a very different outcome than last year's matchup. The Yellowjackets left the UC Davis court disappointed, however, because for the second straight year Sonora outplayed Hilmar to take the banner.
Winning a Section title isn't easy, but the Turlock Christian High volleyball team makes it seem so, especially after taking home three consecutive banners.
Pitman High is headed to the CIF Division I Sac-Joaquin Section championship match for the first time ever after Tuesday's 3-1 (19-25, 25-14, 25-13 and 25-20) victory over St. Francis High of Sacramento.
Maybe the second time is the charm.
The list of Turlock High athletes moving on to the collegiate level continues to grow.
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