MODESTO - Even without their top scorer, the Turlock High girls golfers got it done.
It was nothing to fret about.
Turlock High's Natalia Lima will battle for the Central California Conference singles title Thursday, when she faces Merced High's Charlotte Sofranek in the tournament finals at the Millennium Sports Club in Merced. Lima defeated Turlock teammate Jill Temple 6-0, 6-0 in Tuesday's semifinals to get to this point.
There were reasons to have their heads down, with the biggest being the fact that the Turlock High football players almost allowed a three-touchdown lead to completely slip away. But the Bulldogs did not partake in the blame game. They stayed composed, even with an opposing crowd surrounding them.
After every home game, the Pitman High football team walk toward the west end of Debley Stadium, stand on the track and wave their helmets and their hands to the home crowd.
Frank Marques said he is honored to be part of the tradition of Hilmar Yellowjackets football (7-1, 4-0 TVL) as the team's head coach during Hilmar High School's centennial celebration and homecoming.
It wasn't difficult to predict this outcome.
STEVINSON - By having all five scorers shoot 50 or under, including a freshman who was playing at Stevinson Ranch Golf Club for the first time, the Turlock High girls golf team surpassed crosstown rival Pitman High in the Central California Conference finale by 55 strokes (238-293) to complete a 10-0 record on Thursday afternoon.
They needed this win.
Both teams are undefeated.
Turlock High football coach James Peterson has said it before: There are no weak teams in the Central California Conference.
SALIDA - Right before the game, a Hilmar High football player was overheard yelling four very powerful words to his teammates.
RIPON - Despite an overwhelming 14-7 shot advantage, the Hilmar High Yellowjackets just couldn't pull off another win over the Ripon High Indians on Thursday. Ripon scored early and then held on for a 2-1 win at the Ripon Elementary field.
The Pitman volleyball team avenged its only league loss of the season on Thursday night, when the Pride, led by Ashley Solis' 26 kills, fought through a long match and an exciting fifth and final set to beat Buhach Colony High, 25-8, 13-25, 23-25, 25-21, 16-14, in Atwater.
At this point in the season, Turlock High's Mary Krupka knows the little things can make the biggest impact.
Turlock and Pitman High will meet on the baseball field in a game to watch, before league play even starts after both squads notched back-to-back wins in this year's Pedretti Tournament earning a spot in the championship round.
Turlock's Albino Orozco (170 pounds) is the last man standing for area wrestlers in the CIF State Wrestling Championships at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield.
The Central California Conference is known to be one of the most competitive leagues in the valley in nearly every sport-including softball.
Turlock and Pitman High kicked off track season on Friday by going the distance, joining 16 other high schools at Joe Debely Stadium for the Pitman Distance Wars. But while only a handful of each team's track competitors actually saw action on Friday, their respective rosters-sprinters, jumpers, and throwers-were in attendance to cheer their teammates on.
With preseason currently in play, the Southern Athletic League and Trans Valley League girls soccer teams prepare for another fresh season.
The California Interscholastic Federation State Wrestling Championships is two days away. After countless hours of practice and months of preparation-and in some cases years-seven local wrestlers are on the cusp of what will be the biggest stage of their wrestling careers. They're State bound.
The Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament, the final stop before every high school wrestler's apex dream-the State Tournament.
The Pitman High soccer tournament was supposed to be a launching point for the 2014 season, unfortunately, Mother Nature forced the tourney to get cancelled and sent most of the 36 scheduled teams back home.
Cassie Balswick's triple-double helped lift her Turlock Christian squad over Stockton Christian at home in the opening round of the Sac Joaquin Section D-VI tournament on Tuesday night.
One step away from State. That's what a select few wrestlers are thinking after Saturday's conclusion of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Tournament at Delhi High.
Action resumed on the mat this past Saturday for Turlock and Pitman High in day two of the Division I Sac Joaquin Section tournament at Franklin High.
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