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.
Everything went the Hawks' way in Delhi's league opener against Southern Athletic League rivals Denair High Tuesday, with the end result a 6-1 win.
Turlock tennis head coach Linda Bejaran said the girls were a bit nervous going into their opening league game on Tuesday, but it wasn't apparent as most of her players finished with confidence - and a 7-2 victory over a visiting Atwater team.
Pitman soccer began its Central California Conference play with a 3-2 win over Golden Valley after traveling to Merced to square off against the Cougars.
Turlock High's volleyball team bounced back from last week's straight-set loss to Hilmar High with a straight-set victory of its own in Monday's Central California Conference home opener against Golden Valley High.
The Pride volleyball team continues to roll over their opponents after trouncing the Falcons of Atwater (25-20, 25-10 and 25-19) in Monday's Central California Conference opener.
The Hilmar High Yellowjackets put up quite a fight on their home field Friday, but couldn't hold off the Sonora High offense, which scored the tie-breaking touchdown in the final seconds of an overtime game.
Clovis West High entered Joe Debely Stadium as if it were its home turf Friday night, showcasing a brand of confidence against underdog Turlock High that is typically reserved for champions.
Delhi senior Hayden Steger led the ground game for the Hawks after rushing for 110 yards and scoring two touchdowns in Friday's 41-0 win over Riverbank after controlling the pace from start to finish.
Denair High returns to winner's column
The Pitman Pride water polo teams gave Sonora High School a run for their money during a preseason matchup at Pitman High School's pool Tuesday afternoon with both varsity and junior varsity teams taking the win.
Turlock High's water polo program saw mixed results on Tuesday in the Bulldogs' preseason opener against Modesto High.
Four second half goals from the Delhi High soccer team proved to be enough against Hilmar in Monday's non-league contest as the Hawks trounced the Yellowjackets 4-2.
Hilmar High's golf team hosted its annual Yellowjacket Invitational Monday morning at the Stevinson Ranch Golf Club where the 'Jackets finished 6th in team rankings out of an 11-team field.
For the first time in school history, the Pitman High volleyball team won the Golden Valley tournament. The Pride continued their success on Monday after trouncing Oakdale in straight sets (25-9, 25-14, 25-15).
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