Isaac Bertalotto's 2013 season as a Turlock High wrestler was a successful one, to say the least. Bertalotto ended his sophomore year with an eighth place finish in the California High School State Championships and placed himself in elite Turlock company. But, as it turns out, the young Bulldog wasn't finished.
Turlock High's Claire Silva signed on to run for William Jessup University's cross country team on Tuesday, ensuring herself a new home once her senior year as a Bulldog comes to an end in June.
The second Southern Athletic Meet took place at Turlock High on Saturday and for the second time Denair High walked away from Joe Debely Stadium as the most productive team in its field. Delhi High improved greatly from its first league outing, testing the Coyotes with its array of athletes, but in the end a combination of missed opportunities and no shows kept the Hawks from claiming victory.
Stanislaus vs. Merced- that's how Friday's first ever Country Clash Meet was billed.
The boys of Turlock High's tennis team remain undefeated in the Central California Conference after an 8-1 defeat of Pitman High on Thursday. The Bulldogs are now preparing for a Tuesday matchup with second place Merced High in a contest that will likely decide who will walk away with the CCC title in 2013.
Turlock High golf pushed through windy conditions Thursday afternoon to claim its fifth league victory and remain undefeated with a 230-257 performance over Pitman High at the Turlock Country Club. The win positions the Bulldogs atop the Central California Conference standings as they prepare for Tuesday's Mid Season Tournament at Rancho Del Rey in Atwater.
Turlock High girls soccer continued its climb back into Central California Conference contention with a 3-0 victory over rival Pitman High on Wednesday. After dropping their first three league matches, the Bulldogs (2-3 CCC) now sit in third place behind the Pride (2-1-2 CCC) and first place Golden Valley High as the second round of CCC play is set to begin.
Pitman High's Logan Wolfley had high hopes for his 2013 high school wrestling season but a combination of tough brackets and an elbow injury led to a disappointing finish for the Pride junior. Although he finished with a 40-11 record, his 1-2 finish at Masters and 8th place Section ranking was less than he had hoped for.
The last time Denair and Delhi High met on the tennis courts the Coyotes won a close 5-4 match, propelling them into the top of the Southern Athletic League standings right behind undefeated Ripon Christian High.
Pitman High soccer remains atop the Central California Conference standings after a 2-0 defeat of Golden Valley High on Monday. The speedy Cougars (3-1 CCC) pressured the Pride (2-0-2 CCC) throughout the match but were unable to capitalize on a number of scoring opportunities or take advantage of penalty-driven player adjustments on Pitman's part.
The beginning of the Central California Conference season has been trying for Turlock High's girls soccer team. One year removed from an undefeated CCC championship, the Bulldogs (1-3 CCC) dropped their first three games of league play, each by only one goal.
Turlock High's second matchup against Buhach Colony High on Friday was its chance to establish its presence in the Central California Conference for the 2013 season-and its boys took full advantage of it. Two days removed from beating the defending champions 5-1 in the CCC opener, the Bulldogs again took the Thunder to task with a 2-1 effort.
Pitman High started its Central California Conference season with a big win over Golden Valley High on Wednesday. Four days removed from their loss in the Pedretti Championship, the Pride bounced back in impressive fashion with a 6-0 shutout over the Cougars at home.
For 45 minutes on Friday it looked like Denair High was going to notch its first Southern Athletic League win of the season over rival Delhi High. In the end it wasn't meant to be, however, as the Lady Hawks (2-1 SAL) mounted a second half comeback for a 3-2 victory to keep the Coyotes (0-3 SAL) out of the winner's column.
The 2013 baseball season has been one of youth and rebuilding for Delhi, Denair, Turlock Christian, and Hilmar High. All four schools have hit the field with a roster made up of players with little varsity experience, but their rawness hasn't detracted from their game-time efforts. Though growth may be a steady and sometimes difficult process, Hawks, Coyotes, Eagles, and Yellowjackets alike are taking up the challenge and swinging for the fences.
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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