Though seemingly out of breath, Ron Barton walked past race officials and other runners around the finish line area and found a tree to lean on - well beyond his team's designated park tables, while other finishers slapped hands and talked about their performance.
Sean Downs, the tough and relentless Turlock High sophomore who quarterbacked the Bulldogs to a playoff berth, is out for the season.
MODESTO - Turlock High girls golfer Hannah Gong didn't have her best day at last Monday afternoon's Sac-Joaquin Section Division I South Championships at Creekside Golf Course.
As he sat on the team bus, feeling rather relieved from another close win, Turlock High football coach James Peterson overheard his players' conversations. He liked what came out of their mouths.
For the first eight weeks of the high school football season, the most a team scored on Pitman High was 24 points. And that was by Buhach Colony High, a state-ranked team chasing back-to-back Central California Conference titles and boasting a couple of highly recruited athletes.
After not having a league race since Oct. 5, the Pitman and Turlock cross country teams will get back at it today in the third and final Central California Conference Center Meet at Donnelly Park in Turlock.
Besides Pitman, the Hilmar High and Turlock Christian High volleyball squads are also trying to make moves up their respective playoff spots.
Three more wins.
With his lightning quick speed, Morley Baker won the opening match swim-off to give his Turlock High boys water polo team an early advantage. He then passed the ball to the trailer, who sent it to the middle of the pool to Antovan Davtians.
Against the league's best, the Turlock High girls water polo team fell 11-5 to Merced High on Thursday at the school's Steve Feaver Aquatic Center.
For the Pitman High boys water polo team, this doesn't happen often.
MERCED - Turlock High junior Natalia Lima entered this week's Central California Conference Singles Tournament as an unseeded girls tennis player, which was ideal for her.
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.
Both Turlock and Pitman High's baseball programs have solidified themselves atop the Central California Conference, and this past week both squads proved why they are to be considered teams to be reckoned with.
All season long, the fourth inning has been trouble for the Pitman Pride softball team - and Thursday's Central California Conference matchup against Atwater proved it once again.
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