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 email@example.com 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's Ian Roos and Turlock High's Chris Callahan have been picked to be part of a traveling team that will be heading to Southern California toward the end of June to participate in the selection process for USA Water Polo's Junior National Team. The two have been training with the USA Olympic Development Training Team under Drew Clute, also the Pitman High coach.
During most of Friday afternoon, the Pitman High boys swimmers had a reminder they couldn't ignore. The message was written on the window of the coaches' office and it read: 0-11.
Turlock has owned the tennis courts for the past four years against Pitman High and the streak continued on Tuesday for the defending Central California Conference champions.
The streak continues for the Pitman High Pride who recorded their 22nd consecutive straight-set victory on Monday with a 25-17, 25-17, and 25-4 win over Turlock High. Now ranked 74th in the nation and 14th in the state of California, the Pride comfortably sit atop the Central California Conference standings while Turlock sits in second place.
For the second consecutive year, head coach Tom Tyler has led the Pitman Pride varsity football team to a 3-0 start to the season - last year the Pride managed a 4-0 start.
The Hilmar volleyball team is on a 12-game winning streak, and that success continued Monday with a 3-0 victory over the visiting Turlock Christian Eagles.
Turlock golf maintained its successful ways, as the Bulldogs won the Central California Conference Mid-Season Tournament last Thursday at Rancho del Rey.
Southern Athletic League rivals Delhi and Denair High opened league play Friday night with a slug fest that was reflective of the two teams' equal standing. Entering the game with identical 2-1 records, the Hawks (3-1 overall, 1-0 SAL) and Coyotes (2-2 overall, 0-1 SAL) took turns thrilling their crowds with big hits on defense and scrappy play on offense.
Turlock High battled till the end on Friday night, but finished its preseason league play with a 41-43 home loss to Tracy.
Q. You were a standout sophomore on the court for Hilmar volleyball. Have you made any changes to your game for your junior season?
Delhi High's volleyball team fell short against Le Grand High in the Hawks' second Southern League matchup of the season on Tuesday. The Lady Hawks tested the Bulldogs through four sets, but ultimately walked away from the court with a 3-1 loss (13-25, 25-14, 21-25, and 13-25).
The undefeated streak for the Pitman Pride's varsity volleyball team continues.
The Turlock Bulldogs beat out the Pitman Pride, 214-249, during the first girls golf rivalry match of the season on Tuesday at the Turlock Golf & Country Club.
Pitman High's Fernando Maldonado scored a hat trick, securing the Pride's roll over win against crosstown and Central California Conference rival Turlock, 5-0, in a matchup at Warrior Stadium on Saturday.
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