For 100 minutes, Turlock High and Beyer High battled under the lights in Joe Debely Stadium, showcasing a level of competition one would expect from a pair of playoff teams. The Bulldogs (12-2-7 overall) controlled the majority of the match with 22 attempts on goal versus Beyer's 5, but were still unable to score, forcing a decision via penalty kicks. After netting 6 of 7 penalty kicks, Turlock emerged as the victors, 6-5 over the Patriots, and found itself heading to round three of the SJS Division I Playoffs.
Championships are prized and elusive. Athletes dream of them, work towards them, and rejoice if they manage to earn one. And they are never forgotten.
Pitman High passed its first playoff test on Tuesday with a 3-1 victory over Franklin High's girls soccer team. The Pride controlled the majority of the game as they battled the Yellowjackets from Stockton under the glowing sun.
It was a war of attrition on Tuesday as Pitman High hosted Turlock High in their third and final matchup of the season. The Bulldogs (8-7 CCC) and Pride (9-6 CCC) had split their first two meetings of the year but Tuesday's matchup was about more than bragging rights, it was about third place in the Central California Conference and playoffs.
After dominating its conference competition and finishing the 2012 season as undefeated champions, Turlock High took part in Monday's Divisional Tournament, teeing off against the likes of Golden Valley High, Modesto High, and St. Mary's High. The Bulldogs finished the day in third place with a stroke count of 414, two strokes behind second place Modesto. St. Mary's took the top spot with a 390.
League singles champion Scott Gray of Turlock High had high hopes for this year's Sac-Joaquin Section tournament, but a rematch with Napa High's Stewart Miller in the semi-final round didn't go Gray's way.
For the first time in school history, Pitman High's softball team is number one in the Central California Conference.
Three more students from Pitman High signed letters of intent on Wednesday to play at the college level. Ashley Solis, Julia Brewer, and Kamau "Tiqi" Brown committed to their respective colleges as their parents, coaches, teammates, and friends shared the moment, and in some cases tears, with the soon to be collegiate athletes.
The third time was the charm for Turlock High's girls soccer team. After two ties the Bulldogs finally defeated rival Pitman High on Tuesday in their third conference matchup of the season, 2-1. The victory brought the Central California Conference crown back to Turlock and denied the Pride back to back championship seasons.
Turlock High's boys golf team put the cherry on top of their stellar 2012 campaign with a first place finish at the Central California Conference Tournament on Monday. The Bulldogs finished the day with a score of 419, a full 28 strokes ahead of second place Golden Valley High, solidifying their position as outright CCC champions.
Conference competition has ended for Turlock and Pitman High's swim teams with Saturday's conclusion to the 2012 CCC Conference Meet. Pitman's girls were the big winners between the cross-town rivals, finishing second in the meet and second overall in the Central California Conference.
Cacey Clark will soon be making a big move from the small, quiet town of Denair to another small, quiet town - Crete, Neb. Clark, a three-year starter on Denair High's soccer team, recently received a full ride scholarship from Doane College, fulfilling a dream eight years in the making.
Turlock High's Scott Gray became the first Bulldog boys tennis player to win the Central California Conference singles tournament three years in a row after his 6-2, 6-3 victory over Pitman High's Morcos Boutros on Thursday.
Turlock High was out to a good start on Thursday when they traveled to Merced High to face the conference leading Bears (9-3 CCC). The Bulldogs (6-6 CCC) scored twice in the beginning of the first inning and looked to be on their way to collecting more runs with no outs and the bases loaded. Unfortunately for Turlock, Merced's defense held strong in the first inning and its offense showcased its tenacity in the second and third innings, paving the way for a tight 10-9 victory.
The girls of Pitman High's track team are now one step away from claiming the Central California Conference championship after their 10 point victory, 73-63, over Atwater High on Wednesday. Freshman Lauren Cariaso helped lead the Pride's ladies (3-0-1 CCC) to their victory in the rain with three first place finishes in the 100m, 4x100m relay, and triple jump events.
Pitman High entered Friday's home game against Downey High with a team characterized by its youth. With only two returning starters from last year's squad and the bulk of its roster comprised of juniors, the Pride knew that the Knights, back-to-back winners of the Modesto Metro Conference title, would be a difficult challenge to overcome in their season opener.
Turlock High began the 2014 football season the way every team hopes to -with a win. The Bulldogs traveled to Modesto to face Enochs High and came home with a tight 25-20 victory.
Denair's volleyball team has been through a rough patch the last three years, but 2014 is a whole new season.
Ty Pettigrew's girls golf squad has won three of the last four Valley Foothill League titles, and the Hilmar Lady Yellowjackets are looking to make it four out of five after the 2014 year concludes.
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