Last week Turlock Christian came up short in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Championship game, disappointing its girls and their fans. It wasn't the end of the road though; TC still had the Division V State Basketball Tournament to look forward to. The season wasn't over.
Co-Coach of the Year: Keith Larsen, Pitman High
Sixteen schools gathered at Joe Debely Stadium on a hot and sunny Friday afternoon for the Stanislaus County Track meet. Turlock and Pitman high were among those schools in attendance, competing against each other as well as the rest of the field in one of the first tests of the 2012 track and field season.
Last season the Hilmar High girls soccer team finished in third place in the Trans Valley League for the second straight year, missing the league title by a few points, before advancing all the way to the second round of playoffs. Turlock Christian and Denair High weren't as lucky as they finished in seventh and sixth place in the Southern Athletic League, respectively.
Turlock and Pitman high's swimmers and divers are making waves as they prepare for another competitive season in the Central California Conference.
Turlock High was one of 262 California schools to compete in the 2012 CIF State Championship this past weekend with four wrestlers in the tournament - Jason Valdovinos, Isaac Bertalotto, Erick Parsons, and Ernesto Guiang. After a earning a CCC championship and finishing fifth at Masters, the Bulldogs were confident heading into Friday's competition.
Girls soccer is back as Turlock and Pitman high officially kicked off the 2012 season on Tuesday. After five straight top-three finishes in the Central California Conference, the Pride finally earned their second league title last year with a 13-1-1 season. The Bulldogs, who had defended the CCC title for five consecutive years prior to last season, finished in fifth place with a disappointing record of 2-7-3.
Hilmar, Turlock Christian, and Denair High's girls are back on the softball field. Last season each team had varying degrees of success but they all have one thing in common this season, a desire to improve and win a league title.
It spread like a wildfire.
After overcoming rival Ripon Christian High in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section semifinals on Wednesday, Turlock Christian fell to Brookside Christian High in the Division V Championship game 63-51 on Friday. The Eagles (26-3 overall) and Knights (25-4 overall) played a practically even game but Brookside pulled away midway through the fourth quarter to win its first section championship.
In the last two years Turlock High has only taken two wrestlers to the State Tournament but this year the Bulldogs will be four strong in Bakersfield. After a season that saw Turlock record 25 straight dual wins and place fifth at Masters, the Bulldogs are now in a position to walk away with multiple state medals, despite the fact they entered this season with no state returners.
Grab your peanuts and Cracker Jacks folks; it's time for baseball in the Valley. Turlock and Pitman high's players are swinging their bats and warming up their arms in preparation for the 2012 season. The Bulldogs and Pride are projected to be teams to beat in the Central California Conference alongside Buhach Colony High and Merced High in what is sure to be an exciting season for players and fans alike.
Four local standouts -in football, wrestling and soccer - signed letters of intent to play at the collegiate level this week.
Turlock Christian High is just one game away from the Sac-Joaquin Division V Section Championship after a 61-42 victory over Central Catholic High on Thursday.
Hilmar High's softball team hosted first place Hughson High on Tuesday in a Trans Valley League matchup the Yellowjackets needed to win to keep their playoff hopes alive.
The Hilmar girls soccer team is on the brink of elimination from playoff contention if they fail to win out all four of their final Trans Valley League bouts this season.
The top two girls soccer teams in the Central California Conference in Turlock and Merced squared off on Monday in a much anticipated battle to see who would take the first place position heading into the final month of the season.
All of Pitman's five runs came in one inning and starting pitcher Alexis Mettler tossed a complete game, allowed only one earned run and struck out 11 en route to a 5-2 win over Central California Conference foe Atwater High on Friday.
After Friday's 6-3 win over Atwater High, the Turlock baseball squad has won five consecutive games, four of which were Central California Conference clashes.
In a Southern Athletic League showdown between Denair and Turlock Christian on the tennis courts, it was the Coyotes who prevailed with a 7-2 victory on Friday.
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