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.
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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