One inch and one point. That's all that separated Pitman High from its first Division I SJS semi-final appearance and post-season elimination.
Ask any Southern Athletic League athlete who Halie Bergman is and they're bound to know the answer. With only a season and a half under her belt, Turlock Christian High's Bergman has created a reputation of basketball dominance; scoring 969 career points and averaging 24.2 points, 3.65 assists, 6.9 rebounds, and 4.1 steals a game.
The girls of Turlock Christian High's volleyball team enjoyed an early Christmas on Thursday, earning the second section title in the program's history with a four set defeat of Roseville's Valley Christian High. The Eagles beat the Lions 3-1 (25-8, 23-25, 25-16, and 25-22) in the Division VI championship match at UC Davis in a final hurrah for three seniors and an impressive benchmark for first year head coach Ken Wynne.
Turlock Christian High's quarterback of the last three years, 17-year-old Chase Gonzalez, has been selected from a pool of more than 4,200 high school seniors to compete in the annual Blue-Grey National All Star Classic in Tampa Bay, Fla. on Jan. 12, 2013. Gonzalez is one of 90 seniors selected for the game and will join the North squad behind center.
For the first time in six years Turlock Christian High is headed to UC Davis for the Division VI SJS Final. The Eagles earned their shot at championship glory with a 3-1 (18-25, 25-20, 25-11, and 25-22) victory over Sac Country Day High on Tuesday.
Tyler Murphy has had a love affair with baseball since he was old enough to grip a bat and toss a ball. Murphy began his journey with America's game at the age of three when his parents signed him up for tee ball. Fifteen years later, Murphy's journey continues with Tuesday's signing of his letter of intent to play for St. Mary's College.
Few gave Turlock High's boys soccer team a fighting chance against the undefeated Bella Vista High Broncos in Saturday's Division II SJS Section final match, but for more than an hour and a half of play the Bulldogs proved their appearance at Lincoln High was no fluke.
Pitman High's Brent Nelle knew that Friday's Division I SJS matchup against Tokay High would probably be his last at Joe Debely Stadium. For four years he had ran up and down the field; making defenders miss, scoring touchdowns, and padding his yardage into the thousands -Friday was a chance to go out with a bang.
For the first time since the regular season ended, Turlock High's future looked bleak Wednesday night. After keeping their opponents off the scoreboard on their way to the Division II SJS semi-final match, the Bulldogs found themselves trailing Folsom High 1-0 with less than 10 minutes left in regulation.
Sarah Amaral and her Eagle teammates stepped onto their home court for the first round of the Division VI SJS Playoffs Thursday night with typical post-season expectations. They expected support from their fans, a formidable opponent in Lodi Academy High, and, above all else, they expected to win.
After a long battle ending in two 10 minute overtimes and additional penalty kicks, the Delhi Hawks lost their chance to make the finals, and clench the Division V SJS Section Championship. The Hawks faced the Riverbank Bruins at Riverbank High, and kept up a tie 1-1 game throughout the entire match beginning from the first half.
Two days after defeating Los Banos High in a tight, five set, first-round playoff match, Hilmar High's girls endured another grueling five set match against Sonora High. Unlike their victory against the Tigers, the Yellowjackets fell one set short against the Wildcats (19-25, 26-24, 25-23, 21-25, and 12-15), leading to an early exit from the Division IV SJS Tournament.
Pitman High found itself in unfamiliar territory Tuesday night when it hosted Bella Vista High in the first round of the Division I SJS Playoffs. The two time Central California Conference champions, who are accustomed to dominating their opponents on the court, met their match in the Broncos. Bella Vista turned the tables and earned a straight set victory (20-25, 20-25, and 22-25) over the Pride.
After a long and arduous cross country season, Turlock and Pitman High will each have one representative at Saturday's SJS Division II Section Championship race at Willow Hills Park in Folsom. Bulldog Logan Connor and Pride Jami Ford qualified for the race with impressive performances at the SJS Sub-Sections, finishing 55th and 43rd in their classes, respectively.
Turlock and Pitman High came together on Friday night for the 9th Annual Harvest Bowl -a matchup that has become more of an event and not just your typical football game. The two crosstown rivals lived up to the hype once the whistle blew, exchanging hard hits, touchdowns, and attitudes. In the end, the Pride weathered an early Turlock storm on their way to a 49-27 victory and the school's seventh Harvest Bowl win.
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.
The sting of loss felt by both Turlock and Pitman High baseball teams in the second day of the Pedretti Tournament was quickly forgotten on Saturday, as each local team toppled their respective opponent to end with a win and 2-1 overall record.
The 2015 tennis season is shaping up to be a highly competitive one for Southern Athletic League teams, with Ripon Christian, Delhi and Denair High leading the pack. The Knights, as they did last season and in seasons past, sit atop the league standings while the Hawks sit with one loss and the Coyotes sit with two.
Just one day after placing fourth alongside Escalon High in the team standings of the 2015 Yellowjacket Invitational, Hilmar High suffered its first Trans Valley League loss at the hands of Ripon High on Tuesday. Despite beating Ripon by nearly 30 strokes on Monday, the 'Jackets found themselves on the losing end of a two-stroke game against the Indians, 237-235.
Last year Turlock High's varsity boys tennis team went a perfect 12-0 in the Central California Conference behind head coach Juana Alaniz, who after the season decided to call it quits while his assistant coach Bill Weber recently accepted the head coaching job at Denair High.
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