The great thing about falls sports was that it gave fans enough opportunities to watch and admire local athletes. And this season, they gained a lot of memories.
After the final whistle blew, several members of the Turlock High football team were searching for a special object.
A year ago, the Turlock Christian volleyball team suffered one of the more painful endings to a playoff campaign in school history."It's a heartbreaker that will probably stay with all of us for many years to come," Eagles coach Keith Landmeier said at the time.This memory hasn't left the minds of Landmeier and his current players, with some of them rearranging their faces in agony whenever that fateful finish is mentioned. Here's a recap: In a quarterfinal match of the 2009 Division V Tournament, all the Eagles needed was a single point to eclipse Woodland ...
Turlock Christian (1-6 SL, 2-8) led late against the Delhi Hawks (1-6 SL, 2-8), but saw their lead slip away as the Eagles lost their final game of the season 28-15.
HILMAR - As painful as it might be for the Hilmar High boys soccer players to admit, a big reason why the Yellowjackets are heading into the postseason with a league crown and a six-game winning streak is because of one singular moment.
With a no-tomorrow attitude, the Turlock High boys soccer players knew these kinds of opportunities don't come too often for them. On Tuesday night, the Bulldogs were in the middle of their first postseason game in seven years when reality struck: They needed to score. Evident by the many shots that banged off the crossbar, the Bulldogs were doing their job.
After their most upsetting loss of the season, the Turlock High football players and coaches entered this week as if nothing happened. No one was walking around practice with his head down. No one looked particularly weak, so much so that he couldn't lift his helmet over his head. Perhaps most important, no one mentioned that gigantic elephant in the room unless someone not in a Turlock football uniform asked about it.
STOCKTON - For the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament, the Turlock High girls golfers just wanted to improve from their previous performances. By coach Mary Krupka's account of that day's event, aided by damp conditions affecting the golfers' play, it wasn't going to be too difficult this time.
The way Brandon Harris sees it, there might not need to be a Harvest Bowl this year.
All season long, Turlock High girls tennis coach Juan Alaniz has expressed confidence in all his players, no matter where they stand in the strength ladder.
DENAIR - James Behrens learned he was going to start as the Denair High quarterback only about 10 hours before the Coyotes were set to face Turlock Christian High in the Monte Vista Showdown, which is the annual meeting between the two schools that reside on the same road. The news didn't make him sweat or caused him to hide in a dark place somewhere.
The Pitman Pride (7-2, 3-1 CCC) won a comeback conference thriller against the Merced Bears (3-6, 1-3 CCC) Friday night by a final score of 30-27, sealed by a missed last second Merced field goal.
Josue Barajas doesn't necessarily look at his preceding three years on the Turlock High boys soccer team as a series of disappointments. All that matters to the senior forward right now is that his Bulldogs, who have endured many years of frustration, aren't calling it a season just yet.
Action at the Denair High basketball tournament resumed on Friday when two local teams in Turlock Christian and Delhi met on the court in the consolation bracket with both teams seeking a win after falling in the first round.
Denair High will be playing for third place in its Denair Holiday Classic today after dropping Friday's game against Millennium High, 52-62. The Coyotes (4-8) hit the court strong against the Falcons (6-0) in the first half, but a third quarter slump that saw Millennium nearly double Denair's offensive output dashed the Coyotes' hopes at a championship run in their home tournament.
The girls of Turlock Christian High (6-4) hosted the much improved Denair Coyotes (4-4) on Friday night in a critical showdown between the two local schools.
In a complete turnaround from last year's disappointing start, the Denair High boys basketball team cruised its way out of the opening round of their home tournament with a convincing 52-29 win over Tioga High on Thursday night.
The Turlock Christian Eagles did not start off the Denair High basketball tournament how they had hoped, but instead fell into the consolation bracket after dropping the first game to Hughson in the opening round on Thursday night, 50-73.
Delhi High's boys basketball team pulled double duty on Thursday. First they put their brains to the test for finals, then they kicked off the Denair Holiday Classic with a game against Linden High.
Denair High nearly upset Ripon High on the wrestling mat Wednesday night, out-pinning the Indians four to six, but 18 points from a trio of forfeits was too much for the Coyotes to overcome. With holes at the 106-pound, 160-pound and Heavyweight weight classes, Denair dropped its first dual meet of the season, 30-41.
The Pride of Pitman came into their second game of the 38th annual Frank Godinez tournament against Laguna Creek - which had to forfeit their first round game due to Thursday's storm -with hopes of turning things around after a crushing first round loss to Beyer High.
Another solid effort from Turlock High on the court has landed the Bulldogs in the finals of the Frank Godinez Boys Basketball Tournament for the third year in a row.
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