Turlock Christian High and Denair High played a series of baseball games on Wednesday and Friday, splitting the matchups. The Eagles (5-1 SAL) entered Wednesday's game at Pedretti Park undefeated but left with a loss after the Coyotes (2-4 SAL) earned a hard fought 4-3 victory. TC responded with vengeance on Friday, beating Denair 7-3.
Turlock Christian and Delhi high school tennis teams met on Brenda Athletic Club's courts in Turlock on Thursday. The Eagles entered their meeting against the formidable Hawks knowing full well their incomplete squad wouldn't win the team match. Despite the circumstances, TC pressed forward; playing for the pride of competition and self improvement.
Turlock High hosted Golden Valley High's softball team on Wednesday, determined to win its first league game of the season. The Bulldogs (0-5 CCC) looked poised to do just that from the beginning of the afternoon matchup against the Cougars (2-3 CCC) but one inning changed everything, resulting in a 14-10 comeback win for Golden Valley.
After dropping both its games against number one seed Buhach Colony High last week, the Pitman High baseball team rebounded with a sweep over Atwater High on Thursday. The Pride hosted the Falcons in their final matchup of the week, notching a 5-2 victory.
Turlock High's girls soccer team continued its streak of success against Merced High on Tuesday night. Under the lights in Joe Debely Stadium - and in the rain - the Bulldogs (6-0-1 CCC) beat the Bears (2-3-2 CCC) 3-1, remaining undefeated and in the number one spot in the Central California Conference.
Turlock High's Tyler Murphy helped the Bulldogs (2-3 CCC) overcome Golden Valley High (2-3 CCC) on Tuesday as he manned the mound for all seven innings. Murphy opened the game with five straight strike outs and ended the day with a total of 13 strike outs in the 4-1 victory over the Cougars.
The Southern Athletic League welcomed a new tennis program last season as Denair High joined the fold. This year the SAL has another newcomer, Turlock Christian High, which should result in a higher level of competition on the court in the years to come.
Turlock High held its second league meet at home against Buhach Colony High on Friday. The lady Bulldogs made a splash in the pool with a 102-77 victory over the Thunder, but the boys couldn't replicate the performance, losing 95-81.
In the past Delhi athletics hasn't had much to brag about. The high school hasn't had a team or season to point to and draw pride from in many years. Last season the Hawks began to chip away at that façade in one of the most unlikely of places - the tennis court.
The girls of Turlock and Pitman high's softball teams haven't quite experienced the success they expected at the beginning of the season. The Pride (2-2 CCC) and Bulldogs (0-4 CCC) currently sit in a three way tie for third and sixth place, respectively, in league.
Turlock (5-1 CCC) and Pitman High (6-0 CCC) met on the tennis court Wednesday with undefeated league records. Only one team could walk away from the cross town matchup with an unblemished record and bragging rights. After six singles matches and three doubles matches, the Pride prevailed with a convincing 7-2 victory, sweeping the singles competitions and taking one doubles match.
Pitman High's baseball team set out at the beginning of the season intent on bringing home its first Central California Conference championship. Last weekend the Pride (1-1 CCC, 8-2 overall) won their first Pedretti Tournament Championship in what many hope is a good omen for the rest of the year.
While high school swim teams around the area focus on team scores and performances, Hilmar and Turlock Christian high's focus is aimed at the individual level. Due to their small numbers and the absence of team swimming in their leagues, the Yellowjackets and Eagles have been forced to forge their own path in the water.
The boys at Turlock and Pitman high are in full swing as the 2012 tennis season is underway. Last year the Pride beat out the Bulldogs for their seventh Central California Conference championship and fifth undefeated season. Turlock sat in second place for the second year in a row behind Pitman, something the Bulldogs plan on changing this time around.