Cacey Clark will soon be making a big move from the small, quiet town of Denair to another small, quiet town - Crete, Neb. Clark, a three-year starter on Denair High's soccer team, recently received a full ride scholarship from Doane College, fulfilling a dream eight years in the making.
Turlock High's Scott Gray became the first Bulldog boys tennis player to win the Central California Conference singles tournament three years in a row after his 6-2, 6-3 victory over Pitman High's Morcos Boutros on Thursday.
Turlock High was out to a good start on Thursday when they traveled to Merced High to face the conference leading Bears (9-3 CCC). The Bulldogs (6-6 CCC) scored twice in the beginning of the first inning and looked to be on their way to collecting more runs with no outs and the bases loaded. Unfortunately for Turlock, Merced's defense held strong in the first inning and its offense showcased its tenacity in the second and third innings, paving the way for a tight 10-9 victory.
The girls of Pitman High's track team are now one step away from claiming the Central California Conference championship after their 10 point victory, 73-63, over Atwater High on Wednesday. Freshman Lauren Cariaso helped lead the Pride's ladies (3-0-1 CCC) to their victory in the rain with three first place finishes in the 100m, 4x100m relay, and triple jump events.
Turlock High welcomed Atwater High to the Turlock Country Club on Thursday for the final conference golf matchup of the season. The Bulldogs defeated the Falcons 257-222, remaining undefeated and in high spirits as they prepare for Monday's CCC Golf Championship.
Pitman and Turlock high's players arrived to the Central California Conference Boys Tennis Individual Tournament at the Millennium Sports Club in Merced with high hopes and targets on their back after finishing first and second in the CCC, respectively. The Bulldogs and Pride each had three singles players involved in the tournament, and by the end of the semi finals the cross town rivals found themselves as the sole contestants for first, second and third place.
The top two softball teams in the Trans Valley League faced each other on Tuesday when Hilmar High hosted undefeated Hughson High. As was the case last time these two teams met on the softball field, the Huskies (8-0 TVL) shut out the Yellowjackets (5-3 TVL), winning 7-0.
The sun was out in full force on Saturday when 15 track teams gathered at Joe Debely Stadium for the Hughson Vintage Invitational. Athletes from Turlock, Denair, Hilmar, and Turlock Christian High were among those involved in Saturday's competition as well as a number of junior high athletes from around the area.
Pitman High's girls swim team handedly defeated Buhach Colony High on Friday 104-66 but there was some controversy regarding the outcome of the boys' competition, which ended with a score of 83-83 in the Thunder's favor. Disagreements regarding a false start during a boys race turned Pitman's final swim meet of the season into a contested one, which will need to be resolved by league officials before the Central California Conference meets later this week. Even without the contention, however, the meet between the Pride and the Thunder is still not done as the diving events, which ...
The sun was hot and the stakes were high on Thursday in a must win game for Pitman High. Just two days after suffering a one run loss to Merced High, Pitman's baseball team turned the tables on the Bears (7-3 CCC), beating them 15-9. Merced was tied with Buhach Colony High for first place in the Central California Conference prior to its loss to the Pride (5-5 CCC) and now sits in second place, two games ahead of both Pitman and Turlock High.
Atwater High didn't stand a chance on Thursday when its baseball team traveled to Turlock to face the Bulldogs (5-5 CCC). Turlock, who lost a close game to the Falcons (3-7 CCC) on Tuesday, scored in each inning in what turned out to be a 13-1 rout of Atwater.
In the past, Turlock High's boys track team has excelled in many events but in the last few years sprinting has not been something the Bulldogs (1-1-1 CCC) could rely on.
Turlock High's girls soccer team remains unbeaten in the Central California Conference after defeating Buhach Colony High 3-1 on Tuesday. The Bulldogs (7-0-3 CCC) now continue their march towards what should be a championship matchup against rival Pitman High on May 1 as the season nears its end.
In the world of sports there are two options for struggling teams; either lie down or step up.
Pitman High finished its season undefeated on the tennis court with a 9-0 victory over Buhach Colony High on Tuesday. The Pride (10-0 CCC) had already solidified their position as Central California Conference Champions prior to the match.
The Pride of Pitman came into their second game of the 38th annual Frank Godinez tournament against Laguna Creek - which had to forfeit their first round game due to Thursday's storm -with hopes of turning things around after a crushing first round loss to Beyer High.
Another solid effort from Turlock High on the court has landed the Bulldogs in the finals of the Frank Godinez Boys Basketball Tournament for the third year in a row.
Things are finally shaping up for Denair High boys basketball coach RJ Henderson, with the help of assistant head coach Garett Elliott and the commitment from this year's team.
With football being such a rich and successful tradition at Hilmar High, it seems like the basketball program takes the back seat - especially after coming away with only one winning season since 2007.
Pitman High volleyball has been synonymous with dominance in 2014. The Pride steamrolled nearly every opponent they faced this season with its combination of size, power and speed. And when a team rose to the occasion to provide Pitman with a challenge, its girls seemed to persevere through sheer force of will.
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