MERCED - On Wednesday afternoon, the Pitman High girls soccer players had the extraordinary pressure of needing to win against a Merced High team that featured a very stingy goalkeeper. And one of the things the Pride had in their heads was this: Win or go home.
At this week's Central California Conference Tournament at Buhach Colony High in Atwater, the Turlock High boys tennis team produced a sweep of sorts.
HILMAR - The walls of the Hilmar High main office offers a display of winners. Team pictures are scattered near the back entrance, reminding students, teachers and visitors what the school's sports teams are capable of. Among the past winners is the 2004 Hilmar boys golf team. Just the other day, members of this year's Yellowjackets team were staring at the picture and reading the names and records posted underneath it.
After humbling the Pitman Pride for the fifth consecutive time, the Turlock High girls soccer players weren't celebrating in a massive dog pile or drenching the coach with a bucket of water. That stuff perhaps will be saved for later.
The last time the Hilmar High boys golf team was this good, the Yellowjackets concluded their season with a Sac-Joaquin Section trophy. Of course, it's too soon to predict such an outcome.
Pitman High swimmer Stephanie Young wasn't at her fastest at the Central California Conference Championships on Saturday at Pitman High. But that's fine with her.
DENAIR - At one point, the Turlock Christian High baseball team was down by three runs to one of the Eagles' biggest rivals in Denair High. It was a tense situation, considering the circumstances surrounding Tuesday's Southern League game.
The Turlock High baseball team had plenty of motivation entering Friday afternoon's annual rivalry meeting with Pitman High, considering the Bulldogs had lost to the Pride just 24 hours prior. In other words, it was fresh on the Turlock players' minds and they redeemed themselves, thanks to effective hitting and pitching.
Because of many occasions of rain in April, the track and field meeting between Pitman High and Turlock High had to be postponed. The crosstown rivals finally met Thursday afternoon, with Merced High joining in the Central California Conference action, at Pitman High. The Pride girls squad capitalized on the opportunity by beating both opponents to earn a 5-0 record. Those wins clinched at least a share of the league title, though they'll have a chance to capture it outright if they top Los Banos High on Wednesday afternoon, with Turlock also joining in.
Not taking anything for granted, the Turlock High boys golf team is now sitting at the top of the Central California Conference with a seventh consecutive championship within reach after the Bulldogs earned a 204-230 victory over Pitman High on Thursday afternoon at the Diablo Grande Golf Course.
Pitman High freshman Sierrah Miller will participate in the Junior Olympics in Reno in June with her club team the Ripon Rage, making her the only Turlock resident to participate in the prestigious event. However, she's seeking sponsorships for the trip. Interested parties can e-mail Miller at email@example.com or visit her club team's Web site, www.ragevball.com.
For those familiar with Denair High baseball, it wasn't a huge surprise to hear that the school's baseball field will be named after longtime baseball coach Ron Cornell. He retired last season after 38 years of coaching the Coyotes.
Even with a bad knee, Beau Warda was able to lead the Turlock Christian boys golf team to another league championship on Tuesday.
It appeared, for a minute, that Robbie Smallwood would need to come out of Thursday's game early after being thrown out trying to scurry back to first base on a line-drive caught by Waterford right-fielder Moises Real. Smallwood dove back hard into first base for the second time in the second inning and proceeded to get up very slowly. It appeared that Turlock Christian coach Jon Valenti had an important decision to make on whether to let Smallwood head back out to the mound the next inning.
With preseason currently in play, the Southern Athletic League and Trans Valley League girls soccer teams prepare for another fresh season.
The California Interscholastic Federation State Wrestling Championships is two days away. After countless hours of practice and months of preparation-and in some cases years-seven local wrestlers are on the cusp of what will be the biggest stage of their wrestling careers. They're State bound.
The Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament, the final stop before every high school wrestler's apex dream-the State Tournament.
The Pitman High soccer tournament was supposed to be a launching point for the 2014 season, unfortunately, Mother Nature forced the tourney to get cancelled and sent most of the 36 scheduled teams back home.
Cassie Balswick's triple-double helped lift her Turlock Christian squad over Stockton Christian at home in the opening round of the Sac Joaquin Section D-VI tournament on Tuesday night.
One step away from State. That's what a select few wrestlers are thinking after Saturday's conclusion of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Tournament at Delhi High.
Action resumed on the mat this past Saturday for Turlock and Pitman High in day two of the Division I Sac Joaquin Section tournament at Franklin High.
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