Wednesday marked the beginning of spring sports for a large portion of the Pitman girls basketball team after losing to the sixth-seeded Bella Vista in the first round of the Division II Sac-Joaquin Section tournament, 57-32.
Due to a lack of varsity play from many of the up and coming players, Turlock baseball head coach Mark de la Motte is now boasting probably his most inexperienced team to-date, but it might not all be bad, considering they compete in an always interesting Central California Conference and return a few of the area's top hitters.
While a number of Turlock and Pitman high varsity wrestlers did well at the Sac-Joaquin Divisional tournament held at Lincoln High in Stockton this past weekend, only one local athlete came home a champion - the Pride's Adam Velasquez (120).
Friday marked a historic day for both Turlock and Pitman High's athletic programs. For the first time in their history, they met on the basketball court for a playoff game in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Division I opening round.
Cassie Balswick and McCalister Russell played a pivotal role for Turlock Christian on Friday night in the team's final home game of the season as the Eagles hosted Stone Ridge Christian High and dominated from the onset.
This was a turnaround year for the Turlock High wrestling program. After a dismal end to last season, the Bulldogs came back to win the Central California Conference tournament on Thursday to share bragging rights with Buhach Colony, which won the regular season duals.
Local sports fans with loyalties to both Turlock and Pitman high schools had their dreams come true Wednesday when the varsity boys basketball regular season finale resulted in the two Turlock teams sharing the Central California Conference title - a first in the schools' rivalry history.