The plan is in motion.
STOCKTON - As players, coaches and spectators huddled inside the clubhouse at The Reserve at Spanos Park to look at the final results, Turlock High golfer Paul Smith decided to step outside. The clubhouse was getting crowded, especially with dozens of people trying to keep themselves dry from the soft drizzle.
The Hilmar High girls soccer team was tested last week, as the Yellowjackets played in the lone outbracket game of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Tournament. They prevailed, and moved on to another challenge.
Denair High and Turlock Christian won the boys and girls titles, respectively, as the top three moved on to this week's Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV-V Championships at Modesto Junior College, which began Tuesday and wraps up Thursday.
The Pitman High girls soccer players and coaches had eight days of rest and practice between their regular-season finale and their highly anticipated playoff game - the first of its kind in three years.
It was Thursday afternoon and the Pitman High softball players were working on their fielding at Arrowhead Field near their school. It was a routine activity, but assistant coach Amanda Goulart noticed something strange.
Mallory Patino's reaction after the 300-meter hurdles run was priceless. She stuck both arms in the air, holding the pose for a couple seconds. Just moments earlier, she was able to beat out a foe.
PATTERSON - The Hilmar High girls track and field team entered the Trans-Valley League Championships on Wednesday with a mental advantage. The Yellowjackets went 6-0 in dual meets in the regular season to boast six league points, as they knew every team they finished ahead of at the league meet meant a point each.
Brandon Rogers, a 6-foot-5 guard who averaged 28 points for the Turlock Christian High boys basketball team last season, has signed a letter of intent to play at Mayville State University - a NAIA school in North Dakota - starting next fall.
Of course, it had to end this way.
Jason Boswell believes his Turlock High boys golf team is peaking at the right time.
Pitman High senior midfielder/defender Karina Maldonado signed last week her national letter of intent to play women's soccer at Huntington University, a NAIA school in Indiana.
The memory is still fresh for Pitman High boys tennis coach Jeff Hayes. Last season, his Pride traveled to Armijo High for a Sac-Joaquin Section Division I Tournament quarterfinal match. That's where his team's postseason run ended.
In the final dual meet of the Central California Conference season, both Pitman High boys and girls teams earned team victories over crosstown rival Turlock High at the renovated Debely Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.
On April 21, the Pitman Pride girls varsity soccer team secured the Central California Conference championship.
With only five games left in the Central California Conference season, Pitman High softball is on a mission to dethrone two-time defending CCC champs Merced High. The Pride continued their hunt for the Bears' first place position on Friday with a 10-1 home win against rival Turlock High, extending their league record to 9-6 and closing Merced's lead by only two games.
The Pitman High Pride varsity baseball team is now 6-1 in the Central California Conference after beating Atwater, 2-1, on Friday afternoon thanks to Josh Hernandez's 6 and 2/3 innings pitched as he gave up only one run on four hits and walked two.
There is no stopping the Turlock High (7-0) Bulldogs varsity baseball team right now.
Hilmar High ace starting pitcher Jacob Ahid struck out 13 and allowed only one earned run in Friday's tournament finale against Mariposa and the Yellowjackets lost in a tight 0-1 decision, snapping a three game winning streak.
Pitman High's softball team is currently competing in the Northern California Classic Tournament in Tracy, and as of Friday, the Pride are a perfect 2-0 after sweeping through Santa Teresa and Los Banos in their opening games.
Turlock High softball started this season's Central California Conference campaign o the right foot, winning three of its first five league games after winning a total of only two league games last season. After back-to-back one-run wins against Merced and Buhach Colony High the Bulldogs hit a snag, however, as they skid into spring break with a pair of losses to Atwater and Golden Valley High.
Hilmar High's track team is, as it has been for some time, on the small side this year. Not physically, but in overall numbers. There are roughly 40 athletes filling the overall roster, most of whom are young, which has made the 2015 hunt for the Trans Valley League title a non-issue for the Yellowjackets.
Pitman sent eight athletes and Turlock High had six representatives competing alongside students from 75 high schools at the 40th annual Stanford Invitational on Saturday.
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