Pitman High's wrestlers knew Wednesday's dual against Golden Valley High was going to be tough. Still, the Pride (1-1 CCC) entered their second dual of the year against the Cougars in high fashion, warming up to a theatrical multi-media introduction that projected a high degree of confidence. Unfortunately for Pitman, the intensity didn't translate onto the mat as the Cougars claimed victory 52-17.
Turlock High's girls won their third straight game Thursday night against Golden Valley in a close contest. The 38-30 win positions the Bulldogs with Pitman in a tie for second place in the CCC, just in time for their first meeting of the season on Tuesday.
The girls of Turlock High cruised to their second league victory against Atwater High Tuesday night. The Bulldogs (5-10 overall, 2-1 CCC) controlled the ball in every aspect in their 55-34 win over the Falcons (2-13 overall, 1-2 CCC).
Turlock Christian High hosted Denair High's girls basketball team Monday night in another dominant performance. The Eagles (14-2 overall, 3-0 Southern League), who were without their star player Halie Bergman, won their fourth straight game, defeating the Coyotes (3-9 overall, 1-2 SL) 47-22.
Pitman High positioned itself atop the CCC with a 51-38 win over Golden Valley High on Tuesday. The Pride (5-9 overall) utilized a strong defense to hold the Cougars at bay and remain undefeated in league play.
Wrestlers from 23 schools, including Turlock, Denair and Hilmar High, crowded into Turlock's Bulldog Stadium Saturday morning to compete in the 20th annual Bulldog Classic. After dozens of matches and more than nine hours of wrestling, the Bulldogs claimed their third tournament title of the year with a total of 18 and half points and three champions.
It wasn't looking good for Pitman High's boys basketball team when they hosted Merced High Wednesday night. The Pride's first half was a slow one chocked full of missed shots and turnovers. Despite the rough start Pitman was able to battle back after halftime and defeat the Bears 57-44.
Pitman High's girls basketball players entered their second league matchup against Atwater High on Thursday with a heightened sense of confidence. Two days after defeating a highly athletic Merced High team, the Pride won its second game in the CCC, beating the Falcons 59-38.
It was a successful day Wednesday for the wrestlers at Turlock, Pitman and Hilmar highs. The three teams won their first league duals against Merced, Atwater and Orestimba High, respectively.
Turlock High's first league opponent was Buhach Colony High, one of the projected front runners for the CCC title this season. The Bulldogs faced the Thunder Wednesday night at home in a confidence building 62-56 win.
The beginning of league play can be a stressful time for teams in the Valley. Although the first couple of games won't break a team's chances at a league title, they can serve as the foundation for future success and indicate what the rest of the season holds.
After 20 years at Denair High School Therion Gregory has retired. Gregory turned in his resignation in December and has since moved to Utah where he plans on finishing his education.
Denair High's girls basketball team had an easy time defeating Waterford High Tuesday night. The Coyotes finished 49-22, securing the win in their first league game.
Young men often turn to athletics in pursuit of confidence and camaraderie. Some simply want to have fun, but most athletes strive to compete and have a deep desire to win. They follow in the footsteps of their role models and try to emulate the things they've seen, hoping their efforts will parlay into future success.
I didn't know what to expect out of this year's basketball season; before December I hadn't watched a high school basketball game for at least four years. I did know that Turlock and Pitman would be in constant competition with each other for bragging rights and that Turlock, as defending CCC champions, would be the team to beat.
Q. How is this year's team different than last year's?