Momentum is the seed of confidence in football; the ever important quality every team wants and needs, especially those looking to build on their first win. Delhi High knew it needed to get out to a quick start against Ripon Christian High if Saturday night was going to end in victory, and for the first two quarters the Hawks (1-3 SAL) did just that.
The Central California Conference volleyball season is two-thirds of the way through and Pitman High is standing at the top of the heap. The Pride (10-0 CCC) kept the ball rolling on their undefeated league campaign Thursday night, beating the Turlock Bulldogs in the second cross-town match of the year 3-0 (25-12, 25-14, and 25-12).
Turlock High's girls golf team defeated Pitman High for the second time this season 244-278. Thursday's matchup began moments after the day's downpour ended but the water was still a factor as both schools struggled with the conditions on the green. Turlock's Hannah Gong finished the day with a score of 43, the Bulldogs' best of the day, while Bergen Benedict shot a 48. Pitman's group failed to shoot below 51 but golfers like Sheyenne Sousa were able to make the best of the day by focusing on individual effort.
After an uncharacteristically low offensive performance against Buhach Colony High last week, Pitman High turned the page with a four touchdown effort in its 28-20 win over Atwater High on Friday.
Denair High (1-6) picked up its first win of the 2012 season as they took down the Redskins of Gustine High (1-6) 18-12 Friday night.
It's a rare sight to watch a football team rack up more than 400 yards of offense and still lose, but that's exactly what happened to Turlock High last Friday. The aftermath of the Merced game led the Bulldogs (1-1 CCC) to focus on the elimination of mistakes during practice, a difficult task with all the distractions associated with Homecoming, but a task they mastered.
Pitman High fell short against Golden Valley High on the tennis courts Tuesday afternoon, 4-5, but the Pride's competitive effort was enough to encourage their coach and players as the season moves forward.
The Turlock High boys soccer team bounced back from two weeks of disappointment with a 1-0 victory over rival Pitman High on Saturday. In an always appreciated night game, the Bulldogs (3-3-3 CCC) asserted control over the Pride (3-2-5 CCC) for most of the match, a complete reversal from the first matchup against Pitman which ended in a loss.
Cami and Victoria Larsen are sisters, so an occasional face-off over borrowed clothing or a sibling disagreement isn't a farfetched sight to see for parents Keith and Shaun. Still, conflict and competition between the two is rare; their distinctive personalities tend to complement each other rather than clash and their shared interests quash the stereotypical tension that is often expected between teenaged sisters.
In support of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Joe Debely Field was filled with pink tape, towels, wrist bands, and socks, as Turlock High (3-3) took on Merced (4-2) Friday night.
It was a matchup of opposites Friday night when Turlock Christian High hosted Ripon Christian High at McSweeney field in Hilmar. The Eagles entered the game with a Southern Athletic League record of 0-2 and a pass centered offense while the Knights arrived with a 2-0 in the SAL and a rush based attack.
Buhach Colony High became the 8th Central California Conference opponent to face Pitman High on the volleyball court this season and walk away in defeat. The Pride (8-0 CCC) hammered the Thunder on Thursday, maintaining their undefeated record with a straight set effort (25-13, 25-22, and 25-19).
Turlock and Pitman High competed in the second Central California Conference Cluster of the cross country season on Wednesday at Applegate Park in Merced.
Turlock High's number one singles player, Natalia Lima, fell short against Golden Valley High's Lindsay Robson on Thursday in only her second individual loss of the season, but solid play from the rest of the Bulldog (7-1 CCC) squad was more than enough to claim team victory as the Cougars fell 8-1.
Soccer players turned field goal kickers: what was once a novel idea has become a recurring trend in high schools and colleges around the nation, local teams not excluded. Turlock and Hilmar High have a history of enlisting soccer standouts for kicking duties, but the Bulldogs and Yellowjackets aren't alone this year because Turlock Christian High has jumped into the fold with senior Arin Morelli.
Stanislaus County dominated Merced County on Friday at the County Clash track meet, with Pitman, Oakdale and Turlock High finishing first, second and third, respectively.
Not even a car crash could keep Brian Dudley and Andrew Knapp, Denair tennis' number one and two singles players, from seeking retribution against league juggernauts Ripon Christian on Friday. The two Coyote players were involved in a head-on collision on their way to the match, but still managed to make it to the courts where they won their matches in the 7-2 effort over the Knights.
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.
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