A nearly two-hour road trip to an unfamiliar town doesn't sound so pleasant for a high school sports team, especially during vacation time.
A selected group of Pitman High athletes left quite an impression on the historic Hayfield Field in Eugene, Ore. The Pride wrapped up a memorable weekend with a 25th-place showing at the Oregon Relays on Saturday in the co-ed team standings of the 40-team field.
ATWATER - Pitman High swimmer Brittany Funk began Thursday morning on a bad note.
The defending league champion Turlock High is in trouble, judging by the Bulldogs' current three-game losing streak. Their latest setback happened Thursday afternoon, when they didn't capitalize on multi-scoring opportunities and lost 2-0 to Merced High for the second time this season.
By the numbers, Pitman High senior point guard Jasmine Washington scored in double digits in all but one game during last season's girls basketball campaign against mostly Division I competition. Four of those times, she scored at least 31 points.
This was a perfect way to end the regular swimming season: Pitman High vs. Turlock High.
Two former Turlock Christian High standout athletes - Nate Watkins (class of 1983) and Lisa Minturn (class of '87) - will be inducted to the Turlock Christian Hall of Fame at a banquet on May 7 at Calvary Baptist. The keynote speaker for the event is Bill McCartney, a nationally recognized speaker and author of five books, including "Sold Out."
Though they were ahead by three runs at one point, the Pitman High baseball players caught themselves in a flashback. They were in this moment before, just two days earlier when they had a two-run lead over their archenemies, Turlock High.
This was like waking up and expecting daylight.
For Hannah Verschelden, all she needs is one shot.
This time, the Pitman High boys tennis team wasn't going to share.
The Turlock High baseball players didn't have to look at the scoreboard behind them to know that. This was, in fact, a crosstown meeting with Pitman High, a team that wouldn't mind topping a one-loss team like the Bulldogs for several reasons.
Nothing is ever certain, especially in a Pitman High-Turlock High crosstown rivalry game.
Pitman High softball's team meeting after succumbing to a winnable game looked and sounded a little bit off. There was laughter, there was some cheering, and there were some smiles. In other words, the Pride didn't want to think about this loss for very long.
Randy Hopkins has been working for Turlock Christian High for at least 30 years, many of them as a softball head coach. But prior to Thursday afternoon, there was something he has never seen before.
Stanislaus County dominated Merced County on Friday at the County Clash track meet, with Pitman, Oakdale and Turlock High finishing first, second and third, respectively.
Not even a car crash could keep Brian Dudley and Andrew Knapp, Denair tennis' number one and two singles players, from seeking retribution against league juggernauts Ripon Christian on Friday. The two Coyote players were involved in a head-on collision on their way to the match, but still managed to make it to the courts where they won their matches in the 7-2 effort over the Knights.
Pitman High thoroughly beat Merced High on the baseball diamond Monday afternoon in the Pride's second Central California Conference game of the season. Four days removed from beating Golden Valley High 8-0, Pitman again pitched a shutout as they handed Merced its third consecutive loss by a score of 10-0.
Things have changed in the Central California Conference this year and this week marked the beginning of a three-game series, starting with game one at Turlock High as the Bulldogs hosted the Atwater Falcons.
The Central California Conference and the Modesto Metro Conference gathered together for Saturday's Nor Cal Relay at Johansen High with Turlock and Pitman owning the day on the pool.
It was a down game for the Hilmar varsity baseball team on Saturday afternoon when they hosted Sonora High.
The Hilmar High (6-3-1) girls varsity soccer team is only two wins away from tying last year's win total and league hasn't even started.
Four consecutive errors in the sixth inning gave the Hilmar High varsity softball team its second straight Trans Valley League loss on Friday afternoon as Riverbank played the spoilers in a 3-8 loss.
Denair High came close to earning its first win of the season this week in a two-game showdown with Le Grand High on Wednesday and Friday, but late-inning slumps in both games instead led to a pair of defeats and extended the Coyote's record to 0-8.
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