Turlock High's reign as the top High School golf squad in the Central California Conference continued on Thursday after the Bulldogs managed to topple the midseason CCC tourney with a 430 score.
Important games always come down to the wire, and on Thursday, it was a critical Central California Conference matchup with postseason implications between the second and third place teams in Buhach Colony and Pitman, but only one team would be declared the winner.
Ted Howze developed an ambition to coach football when he was 15 years old. Four years later he found himself at the helm of his first football team and his ambition became his passion. Since then, Howze has coached exclusively at the youth level, but that's about to change.
For the past decade, Turlock and Pitman High have been in the thick of the hunt for the Central California Conference baseball championship, testing each other and the rest of their opposition each season in what is often a neck and neck race for the league title.
After being postponed due to the massive rainfall on Tuesday, the much anticipated rivalry between Turlock and Pitman High grew higher as the two met on the tennis courts on Wednesday in a Central California Conference bout.
A walk-off RBI single from Turlock Christian's Mason Mark to score Jack Farrar in the bottom of the eighth with two outs did it for the Eagles who pulled out a 3-2 victory over Southern Athletic League foe Denair High on Thursday at Pedretti.
Things never go well when a player goes down, let alone your ace pitcher. For Pitman High's softball squad it was a blow they couldn't recover from when junior Alexis Mettler went down in the middle of the third inning Thursday afternoon.
James Hollister's reputation precedes itself. Serving 47 years as the track and field coach at Turlock Junior High, his name is synonymous with running and fitness by most in Turlock.
After two and a half years at Turlock Christian High, Shane Smith, former head football coach and current athletic director, is stepping away. Smith, who coached the Eagles during the 2011 and 2012 season before turning in his whistle for the athletic director position duties in 2013, has decided to resign at the end of this school year to accept a teaching and coaching position at Modesto Christian High at the beginning of the 2014 school year.
The Central California Conference met the Trans Valley League Wednesday afternoon when Hilmar High traveled to the Steve Feaver Aquatic Center to face off against Turlock High in a non-league swim meet.
Denair High's tennis team completed the first of its three-round league schedule with a win over Turlock Christian High on Wednesday as its boys and girls earned an 8-1 victory.
The relentless attack of the Pitman Pride offense was unable to tack on more than one goal in Wednesday's Central California Conference matchup against the Buhach Colony Thunder.
A six-run rally in the fourth inning was sufficient enough for the Pitman Pride baseball team to hold on to the lead and pick up the 8-5 win against a visiting Buhach Colony on Wednesday.
Golf preseason is in full swing for local high schools. Turlock, Pitman, Turlock Christian and Hilmar High have been hitting the golf courses as they strive for another successful year with some new and also returning golfers.
Three local teams are preparing for the beginning of track season in the Southern Athletic League. Turlock Christian, Delhi, and Denair High have been conditioning and training their respective athletes for the past couple months with some in search of a SAL championship and others simply in search of competition.
The Central California Conference swim finals were underway on Thursday with Turlock and Pitman High present at Buhach Colony to see who would prevail as the league champions of 2014.
The boys' golf team of Turlock High is one performance away from claiming its 11th straight Central California Conference title after Thursday afternoon's 424-450 defeat of Pitman High.
For the first time in head coach Juan Alanizs' five year tenure as the Turlock high boys tennis coach, they finished their season undefeated with a perfect 12-0 record in the Central California Conference after trouncing cross town rivals Pitman High on Thursday afternoon.
The second Central California Conference Center Meet was in full go on Tuesday morning at Atwater High as Turlock and Pitman looked to top out the charts in both the boys and girls track divisions.
Turlock High senior Kenny Fraser, the 6'6" leader on the court for Bulldogs basketball this past season, has settled on his destination after graduation. Fraser signed his letter of intent to play for the UC San Diego Tritons Wednesday afternoon where he is expected to receive significant minutes on the court his freshman year.
Turlock High boys' tennis continued its unbeaten streak Tuesday afternoon with a 7-2 defeat of Golden Valley High - number two in the Central California Conference standings-to extend its record to 9-0 in the CCC.
Turlock and Pitman High met for the second time this season Monday night at Joe Debely Stadium, capping the second round of Central California Conference play with another closely contested, cross town matchup.
Delhi High junior pitcher, Alyssa Stockton added more stats to her already young, yet impressive career thus far, after striking out 20 in a ten-inning, 4-3 win against Ripon Christian at home Monday.
Pitman and Turlock High met on the diamond again on Friday after squaring off on Wednesday to make it two games in three days between the two cross town rivals, and fortunately for the home team, Turlock, things would end well again.
With the Stanislaus County and Central California Conference championships only days away, Turlock and Pitman High's swim teams squared off in a dual meet on Friday in a battle to see who would come out atop in the annual cross town rivalry clash.
"Is that Bubba?" one patron asks another.
He walks up the 17th fairway at Augusta National uncomfortably upright, his hands clutched to both ends of a 7-iron that stretches toward the sky behind his head. He rocks the club from one hip to the other, bending his back side-to-side as he grimaces.
Pitman High starting pitcher, Alexis Mettler tossed a no-hitter and jacked a two-run homer in the fourth to put her team up 7-0, then after that it seemed like everybody for the Pride of Pitman were on as they tacked on five more runs.
Delhi High's softball team is riding a two-game win streak in which its girls have not allowed a run, setting up a must win matchup against Waterford High today that is likely to shape the final leg of the race for this season's Southern Athletic League title.
Now is the time that the Delhi girls soccer team can make a playoff push with less than four league contests left, but the Hawks must win out in order to possibly clinch that third and final playoff berth.