A rematch of last year's Godinez tournament championship game between Turlock and Laguna Creek High was held Saturday night at Turlock High, and spectators were not disappointed as late free-throws became the critical deciding factor in a rocky game.
Pitman High's Branson Garcia led all scorers with 27 points in the seventh place game of the Godinez tournament on Saturday against McNair.
Turlock High is headed back to the Godinez Championship game.
Pitman and Patterson High faced off in the second round of the Godinez Basketball Tournament Friday afternoon as both the Pride and Tigers looked to bounce back from their respective first-round losses to Davis and Laguna Creek High.
Turlock High began its home tournament on Thursday by dominating the Bulldogs - the Ceres High Bulldogs, that is, pulling out a 62-46 victory.
Pitman and Davis High put on a game to remember Thursday night to open up the Godinez Tournament at Turlock High.
Denair basketball's Dominyc Silva erased a forgettable first half in Wednesday's preseason matchup against Hilmar High with a fourth quarter game-winning shot to lift the Coyotes over the 'Jackets.
Turlock Christian High's boys basketball team cruised to its fifth pre-league victory Wednesday night with a lopsided 95-49 defeat of Stone Ridge Christian High at home.
Turlock and Davis High met on the basketball court Tuesday for a pre-Godinez Tournament game. Both the Bulldogs and Spartans proved to need the extra court time, but Turlock prevailed in the end with a 68-53 victory.
It was a tale of two halves Saturday afternoon when the Hilmar Yellowjackets and Central Catholic Raiders met on the field of Lincoln High in Stockton for the Division IV Sac-Joaquin Section championship game.
The Trans Valley League met the Central California Conference on the court Monday in a girls' basketball showdown between Pitman and Hilmar High that proved to be a tight match until the closing quarter.
After tasting defeat at the hands of Madera High in its first dual meet of the season, Turlock High bounced back with an impressive showing at this year's Vacaville Duals Tournament with an 8-1 finish.
There's an old adage in football: defense wins championships.
It was the most successful season a Hilmar High volleyball team has ever had. Unfortunately, the Yellowjackets' historic run came to an end on Saturday in the second round of the CIF Division-IV state championship tournament.
Hilmar High is headed to Sacramento.
Four more Pitman High athletes will soon be joining the collegiate ranks after signing letters of intent on Tuesday. Quentin Hernandez, Cristian Clementi, Gilbert Valadez and Angel Velasquez each put ink to paper in front of friends and family for their individual colleges as Hernandez signed on to play football for George Fox University in Oregon and Clementi, Valadez and Velasquez signed on to wrestle for Grand Canyon University in Arizona, Luther College in Iowa and Northern Illinois University, respectively.
Turlock High girls soccer owned the 2015 season as far as the Central California Conference was concerned, edging out Merced High in a tight race for first place en route to the Bulldogs' fourth consecutive league championship. That momentum was put to a halt immediately in the post season, however, when Turlock traveled to Bella Vista High on Tuesday for the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I Tournament.
Local golfers represented their schools well at CIF Sac-Joaquin Divisional Tournaments on Monday, with Turlock Christian placing third in the Division VI tournament and Turlock High taking fourth in Division I competition. Hilmar's Landon Azevedo, Turlock's Logan Adams and Turlock Christian High's Logun Lundquist will all advance to the Master's level after notching qualifying scores in their respective tournaments.
Monday marked the start of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs for local high school tennis teams that included Delhi, Denair, Pitman and Turlock High. All but Turlock fell in the opening round after the Bulldogs edged out the visiting Folsom Bulldogs, 6-3, on Tuesday in a comeback victory.
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?
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