Pitman High and Golden Valley High waged a neck-and-neck race for last year's Central California Conference wrestling championship that saw the Pride edge out the Cougars to claim their first CCC title in program history.
Wednesday marked the start of Southern Athletic League play for the Denair High wrestling team which welcomed a thin Orestimba squad at home.
With only one game left in preseason, the Pitman High boys basketball team was looking for any spark and they got that on Tuesday night after Branson Garcia knocked in 24 points to lead the Pride into a 66-38 home shellacking over Livingston and snap a three game losing.
The Bulldog Classic has been a destination tournament for wrestlers for years. Scheduled at the end of pre-league competition, Turlock High has used its home tournament as a way to prepare its wrestlers for the Central California Conference, pitting them against talent from a variety of local schools.
MANTECA - Missing four starters due to injury, the visiting Turlock girls basketball team was no match for Manteca on Monday as the host Buffaloes wrapped up non-league play with a 50-29 win at Winter Gymnasium.
The Turlock High Bulldogs ended their year at the 15th Annual Modesto Christian Holiday Hoop Classic on Tuesday, but not with confetti and cheers. The Bulldogs lost to Salesian, 55-58.
The Pitman High boys varsity basketball team won the eight-team Oakdale Tournament last year and the Pride were looking to repeat as the champions this season, but fate had another thing in mind.
The Pitman High girls started their second annual holiday tournament with a dominating performance over Pacheco, 68-42, however the Lady Pride were not able to hold on to that momentum for the following two rounds of play, and ended the tourney in eighth place.
Pitman High signaled the beginning of the second annual Pitman Pride Holiday Classic with a dominant performance against Pacheco High Friday night as its girls pounced on the Panthers for a 68-42 win.
Turlock High fell short of orchestrating a fourth-quarter comeback Friday afternoon in its game against Inglewood High in the 15th Annual Modesto Christian Holiday Hoop Classic, losing 53-58 in the first day of the four-day tournament.
Turlock Christian High's home game against Pitman High on Monday came down to the wire, putting cheering sections from both sides on edge as the game was decided in the final seconds of regulation and by a margin of only one point. The Eagles walked away from the fray with the 43-42 victory, but even though the game's finale was close and theatrical, the bulk of the game was anything but.
The Denair Holiday Classic boys basketball tournament concluded Saturday, with the host team coming in fourth place after the Coyotes fell to the Hughson Huskies, 51-57, on Saturday.
Action at the Denair High basketball tournament resumed on Friday when two local teams in Turlock Christian and Delhi met on the court in the consolation bracket with both teams seeking a win after falling in the first round.
Denair High will be playing for third place in its Denair Holiday Classic today after dropping Friday's game against Millennium High, 52-62. The Coyotes (4-8) hit the court strong against the Falcons (6-0) in the first half, but a third quarter slump that saw Millennium nearly double Denair's offensive output dashed the Coyotes' hopes at a championship run in their home tournament.
The girls of Turlock Christian High (6-4) hosted the much improved Denair Coyotes (4-4) on Friday night in a critical showdown between the two local schools.
Hilmar High walked out of the Trans Valley League track season and into the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV/V Championship Trials with four TVL champions - Dani Olson, Hudson Harris, Kenzye Spears and Angelique Souza.
Since claiming the Southern Athletic League championship in 2012 for the first time in program history, Delhi High's boys track team has struggled to add another league title year to its banner. The Hawks have been in the running the past two years, but ultimately fell just short, and it seemed that would again be the case in 2015.
The members of the Pitman High softball team held their heads high on Monday afternoon.
The Pitman High Pride were coming off a clutch one-run victory over Gregori last week and looked to continue their playoff streak as they had their eyes set on the quarterfinal match on Monday against a familiar foe from the Modesto Metro Conference-Beyer High.
The Pitman High varsity softball team continues to thrive.
Playoffs, St. Mary's High and heart break. It's a familiar formula for Turlock High baseball.
The Turlock Christian High softball team was coming off not only their best postseason performance, but arguably the best season in nearly a decade after winning a playoff game by a margin of 12 runs. But on Thursday, the Eagles' hot bats ended.
In his first two at-bats, Pitman High baseball captain Matt Carrigg struck out twice before exceeding all expectations in his final plate appearance of the game.
Branson Garcia has spent a lot of time on basketball courts, practically growing up with a ball in his hands since the age of five. The game is a major passion for the Pitman High senior, so much so that it's hard for his family and friends to dissociate Garcia from basketball.
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