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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Suddenly, the flock of Pitman and Turlock high boys tennis players hustled their way to the court where Monday's most exciting match was taking place. No, it wasn't the showdown between No. 1s Scott Gray of Turlock and Michael Davis of Pitman. That one was settled minutes ago, with Davis escaping with an important win.
Sierrah Miller was nervous, enough to bounce negative thoughts in her head about how good she really was on the volleyball court. The Pitman High freshman was given the opportunity to play at the highest youth level via her club team, the Ripon Rage.
Pitman High entered Friday's home game against Downey High with a team characterized by its youth. With only two returning starters from last year's squad and the bulk of its roster comprised of juniors, the Pride knew that the Knights, back-to-back winners of the Modesto Metro Conference title, would be a difficult challenge to overcome in their season opener.
Turlock High began the 2014 football season the way every team hopes to -with a win. The Bulldogs traveled to Modesto to face Enochs High and came home with a tight 25-20 victory.
Denair's volleyball team has been through a rough patch the last three years, but 2014 is a whole new season.
Ty Pettigrew's girls golf squad has won three of the last four Valley Foothill League titles, and the Hilmar Lady Yellowjackets are looking to make it four out of five after the 2014 year concludes.
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