Imagine the pressure each of the players who sported a Turlock High girls soccer uniform felt on a damp Turlock Sports Complex field on Wednesday afternoon, as the Bulldogs faced their most dangerous threat of the season in Merced High, and with what many considered the Central California Conference title on the line.
There's an old saying in baseball and Del Oro High coach Bret Lachemann may have hit it right on the head.
HILMAR - "Mantê-lo no quadro."
When Steve Hammell wanted to pick up golf, his father wasn't quick to hand him gloves, a club and a golf ball. The inspiring golfer had to learn the rules of the game first, and that led to actual playing on the course and golf etiquette.
The Pitman High girls track and field team pulled off a stunner on Friday, winning the Stanislaus County Meet at Modesto Junior College over Oakdale High with several top two finishes.
On Monday, the Turlock High girls soccer team was without an integral member of the program in the past decade.
By definition, a pitchers' duel is a low-scoring affair with the starting pitchers on both sides allowing no more than a run or two. The term was in full display at the Turlock High softball field, where crosstown rivals Pitman and Turlock met for the first time this season. If it weren't for some clever base-running and key hits by the Bulldogs, Thursday afternoon's showdown might still be taking place right now.
Fueled by a strong outing from pitcher Trevor Starn and timely hitting late in the game, the Turlock Christian High baseball team came away with a 5-2 victory over the Denair High Coyotes at Pedretti Park on Thursday afternoon.
Fourteen words, 10 seconds, one breath.
WATERFORD - Don't make Robbie Smallwood angry. If you do, you're bound to see the Turlock Christian High senior baseball player do some incredible things.
When it was all over, there weren't too many happy faces along the sideline of the Pitman High girls soccer team. Nor were there sad faces. Players changed their shoes and packed up their stuff after a hard-fought day at the Turlock Sports Complex against one of the top teams in the Central California Conference.
MODESTO - By the time the extra inning rolled around, Turlock High ace Vince Wheeland was nowhere near tired. Yeah, his face was sweaty after throwing more than 100 pitches at that point, all while chasing his second no-hitter of the season.
Hilmar High's softball team hosted first place Hughson High on Tuesday in a Trans Valley League matchup the Yellowjackets needed to win to keep their playoff hopes alive.
The Hilmar girls soccer team is on the brink of elimination from playoff contention if they fail to win out all four of their final Trans Valley League bouts this season.
The top two girls soccer teams in the Central California Conference in Turlock and Merced squared off on Monday in a much anticipated battle to see who would take the first place position heading into the final month of the season.
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