Turlock High's girls soccer team found itself stuck between Granite Bay and a hard place Tuesday afternoon during the first round of the Division I Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs. The reigning Central California Conference champions hosted the Grizzlies in what started as a fast paced matchup, but the Bulldogs soon found themselves outsized and outmuscled in what turned into a 3-1 loss and an early post-season elimination.
The Turlock High baseball team extended its lengthy winning streak to an amazing 24 games after defeating Atwater on Friday at home 3-1. The Bulldogs are 3-0 against the Falcons this year and continue their undefeated streak in the Central California Conference at 14 (24-1 overall, 14-0 CCC).
The season is over for Turlock Christian and Delhi High baseball teams. The Monte Vista Avenue rivals met at Pedretti Field on Thursday for their last game of the season and played through seven innings under the Valley sun. After a near TC comeback, Delhi held on for a 5-3 victory to complete a season sweep over its Southern Athletic League rival.
Back to back. That's what the girls at Hilmar High are chanting after winning this season's Trans Valley League Championship on Wednesday. With a 2-1 defeat of Ripon High, the Yellowjackets cemented their place as TVL title holders and officially opened the gates for another trip into the post-season.
The Pitman High baseball team defeated Merced High at home on Friday, 7-6, after a sacrifice fly from Brent Gonsalves drove in Alex Sniezek from third in the bottom of the seventh. Starting pitcher Jordan Gonzalez threw for 6 2/3 innings and allowed only two runs on three hits, six walks, and struck out 10 before being relieved by Derek Finney.
Turlock and Pitman High met at Joe Debely Stadium for the 15th and final Central California Conference match of the season on Wednesday. With a slight lead over second place Golden Valley High in the league standings, the Bulldogs were playing for their second consecutive outright CCC championship.
It was an interesting day in Turlock on Tuesday as the wind reached nearly 30 miles per hour; however, nothing slowed down the Pitman Pride's potent offensive performance as they shutout Buhach Colony, 6-0.
Tuesday marked the final Central California Conference center meet of the season, but it also marked the end of two long and dedicated coaching careers. As track athletes from Turlock and Pitman High limbered up and prepared to compete against each other and the rest of the league, Bulldogs head coach Mike Brown and assistant coach Dee Gilmore were helping run the show at Joe Debely Stadium for the last time.
The girls swim team from Pitman (539) and Turlock High (311) finished 2nd and 3rd, respectively, at the Central California Conference finals at Pitman High on Saturday. The boys from Turlock took third (342) and the Pride fifth (269).