DENAIR - The start couldn't have been more sweeter.
Nearly 50 high schools and 1,500 athletes competed at the Al Brenda Invitational on Saturday, one of the biggest track and field events so far this season. The event was held at the brand new facility, also named after Al Brenda, at Cal State Stanislaus in ideal spring weather of 76 degrees.
The Turlock High softball team hosted the Central California Conference defending champion Buhach Colony High on Tuesday in what was a showcase of dominant pitching. The game ended in extra innings in favor of Buhach, 1-0.
The stands behind the fence of the Turlock High tennis courts were filled with spectators on Thursday afternoon as the Bulldogs hosted their annual rivalry meeting against Pitman High. There was plenty to admire with nine matches going on.
Ashley Lair is a Pitman High senior who has spent endless hours cheerleading for the school's sports team on top of her duties as a Student Council member. She's petite and greets people with a smile. But behind all this lies quite an ambitious athlete, one who's chasing a feat that no other Pride athlete in track and field has ever done.
It looked like it was going to be a good day for the Pitman High baseball team in their non-league game against Oakdale High on Friday afternoon.
Ron Cornell spent four decades coaching at Denair High until he called it a career in 2009.
Five different softball teams, five different story lines.
The girls soccer season didn't necessary begin for Turlock High on Feb. 27, when the Bulldogs faced Central Valley High in a nonconference game. No, it started months before that -- going all the way back to fall of last year.
It was a rematch of rivals on Saturday during the championship game of the 30th annual Atch Pedretti Tournament. Around this time last year, Turlock and Pitman High clashed over the Pedretti championship for the first time in the tournament's history, with the Bulldogs emerging victorious by landslide victory.
Turlock and Pitman High will meet on the baseball field in a game to watch, before league play even starts after both squads notched back-to-back wins in this year's Pedretti Tournament earning a spot in the championship round.
Turlock's Albino Orozco (170 pounds) is the last man standing for area wrestlers in the CIF State Wrestling Championships at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield.
The Central California Conference is known to be one of the most competitive leagues in the valley in nearly every sport-including softball.
Turlock and Pitman High kicked off track season on Friday by going the distance, joining 16 other high schools at Joe Debely Stadium for the Pitman Distance Wars. But while only a handful of each team's track competitors actually saw action on Friday, their respective rosters-sprinters, jumpers, and throwers-were in attendance to cheer their teammates on.
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.
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