High school coaches regularly deal with the need to replenish their teams each year as players are lost to graduation, but rarely do they find themselves in a position of replacing an entire starting lineup.
Pitman High's wrestling team is out to a good start to the 2012 season. With two returning Masters qualifiers, the Pride took first place in Saturday's Hilmar Irwin-Stevenson Lions Invitational, finishing undefeated as a team. Head coach Adam Vasconcellos believes Saturday's dual performance is the first in what will be a shockingly productive season.
There were smiles and a few tears, but mostly smiles on Wednesday when Pitman's Jordan Gonzalez and Hailee Baldwin signed their respective letters of intent to the University of the Pacific and Fresno State. Staying with Pride tradition, a large crowd gathered in the school's library to watch the culmination of the two athletes' energy, effort, and time and catch a glimpse of what their future might hold.
It's a season of renewal and transition for Turlock High's girls basketball team. After a late season slide in 2011 that saw the Lady Bulldogs lose five of their last six games, Turlock enlisted the help of first year head coach Michelle Bush to bring the team back to basics.
Turlock High is back for the 2012-13 Central California Conference basketball season and eager to climb its way back to the top. The Bulldogs are without their leading scorer of the last two years, Alek Carlson, but the return of seniors DaShawn Holcombe, Tyler Murphy, Darren Trainor, and Austin Bush has left head coach Doug Cornfoot with an optimistic outlook for the season.
Nearly 60 teenagers lined the walls of Turlock High's wrestling room on Monday. The large and enthusiastic crowd was there to compete within their individual weight classes in the first step towards an expected trimming of the ranks.
1st Team All-League
Delhi High's girls basketball team is on a quest for newfound status in the Southern Athletic League this season, eager to leave behind them the days of being dominated on the court. With new head coach Demetrio Quintrero at the helm, the Hawks hope 2012 will be the turnaround year the program's been waiting for- and if Quintrero's enthusiasm is any indicator it just might be.
Delhi High's boys basketball team had a decent run in the Southern Athletic League last season, finishing 8-6 and tying for third place. After losing all but two players to graduation, the Hawks are back in 2012 with both a new roster and new head coach in Eugene Drummond.
Three years ago Ray Cedres and Delhi High School decided it was time to breathe new life into a defunct wrestling program. After nearly seven years without wrestling as an athletic option, the Hawks are making strides, slowly but surely, down the road of reconstruction. Delhi enters this season with 11 wrestlers on the roster, a seemingly small number but enough to get head coach Cedres excited.
One inch and one point. That's all that separated Pitman High from its first Division I SJS semi-final appearance and post-season elimination.
Ask any Southern Athletic League athlete who Halie Bergman is and they're bound to know the answer. With only a season and a half under her belt, Turlock Christian High's Bergman has created a reputation of basketball dominance; scoring 969 career points and averaging 24.2 points, 3.65 assists, 6.9 rebounds, and 4.1 steals a game.
The girls of Turlock Christian High's volleyball team enjoyed an early Christmas on Thursday, earning the second section title in the program's history with a four set defeat of Roseville's Valley Christian High. The Eagles beat the Lions 3-1 (25-8, 23-25, 25-16, and 25-22) in the Division VI championship match at UC Davis in a final hurrah for three seniors and an impressive benchmark for first year head coach Ken Wynne.
Turlock Christian High's quarterback of the last three years, 17-year-old Chase Gonzalez, has been selected from a pool of more than 4,200 high school seniors to compete in the annual Blue-Grey National All Star Classic in Tampa Bay, Fla. on Jan. 12, 2013. Gonzalez is one of 90 seniors selected for the game and will join the North squad behind center.
For the first time in six years Turlock Christian High is headed to UC Davis for the Division VI SJS Final. The Eagles earned their shot at championship glory with a 3-1 (18-25, 25-20, 25-11, and 25-22) victory over Sac Country Day High on Tuesday.
Pitman High track and field head coach Thad Moren said the Pride has had one goal in mind since finishing the last league meet in April. That goal was to put all the season's hard work into a top showing at last week's CIF Sac-Joaquin Division I Section finals.
Most high school athletes hope to find a college willing to offer them an athletic scholarship, but very few are chosen-especially twice.
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.
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