HILMAR - Maybe it was a good thing that the Hilmar High boys soccer team held the postgame meeting in complete darkness. That way, no one could've truly seen the sadness in the faces of the coaches and players.
Kathleen Rojas remembers the heartbreak. On Monday afternoon, the Turlock Christian High senior girls golfer earned her ticket for a chance at redemption after winning the individual title of the Division V Championship at Dry Creek Ranch Golf Club in Galt with a score 8-over-par 80.
Cal State Stanislaus junior Denali Foldager was named the California Collegiate Athletic Association's Female Cross Country Runner of the Week, while Stanislaus women's soccer freshman Karenee Demery has been selected as the CCAA's top player for her sport. The announcements were made this week.
If you ask coach Louie Bettencourt about his Hilmar High boys soccer team's 11-1 record in the Trans-Valley League, he might offer some denial.
STOCKTON - As the golfers were finishing up their respective last holes, they were already thinking about lunch. Some of them were overheard talking about what they wanted to eat, minutes before their final putts sunk into the ground.
It's easy to simply cross off the remaining days of the calendar until Nov. 5, the day of the annual Harvest Bowl. Everything seems to be set for an epic battle between crosstown rivals Pitman High and Turlock High, considering both schools have winning teams that'd be ready to play right now - if it were possible - at the renovated Joe Debely Stadium.
In a sloppy, rain-drenched game, the Turlock Bulldogs (7-1, 2-1 CCC) were able to overcome five turnovers to defeat the Golden Valley Cougars (5-3, 1-2 CCC) 42-27 at their homecoming game Friday night.
HILMAR - By the time the first quarter ended, it seemed like there were stunned faces all over the Hilmar High football stadium. The scoreboard looked like it was broken, considering what was at stake. Even so, here are some of the Yellowjackets' highlights in the first 12 minutes.
The Cal State Stanislaus women's soccer team improved to 10-4-1 overall as the Warriors defeated Cal State Monterey Bay, 3-1, Friday night under wet conditions at Warrior Stadium.
DENAIR - Simply, the first 40 minutes did in the Denair High boys soccer team. It was during the first-half stretch that the Coyotes watched and allowed Le Grand High to score three times, with each goal evoking celebration on the sideline and in the visiting stands of the Denair High soccer stadium on Wednesday night.
It was almost expected, but Turlock High girls tennis player Elise Cusenza knew she couldn't just simply walk all over her opponent - though her undefeated record in No. 1 singles action in the past two years indicates otherwise.
For one set, the Pitman High volleyball team appeared unstoppable. The Pride were executing sets, coming up with digs and earning kills when they needed them. And this was all against Golden Valley High, their main challenger for the Central California Conference title.
The first time Jasmine Washington had any sort of encounter with Keith Larsen was when the Pitman High senior noticed his name on a business card. This was during a visit to the Backyard Sports Academy in Turlock, where aspiring athletes can get one-on-one tutoring in baseball and basketball.
For the second time in three years, the Turlock Christian girls' basketball unit fell in the section title game, this time to Valley Christian, in a game that didn't seem to fall TC's way from the outset.
Preseason is currently underway for the Trans Valley League and Southern Athletic League softball teams and also the hopes of a successful campaign this upcoming season.
Normally, fans from the area have to watch their favorite soccer players on TV, but on Wednesday night, the town of Turlock gathered to watch a professional Major League Soccer team in person as the San Jose Earthquakes came into town to wrap up their preseason with a friendly contest against Sacramento Republic FC.
Basketball season is over and wrestling season is winding down. Winter is making way for spring, and you know what that means-baseball is upon us.
For only the fourth time in school history the Turlock Christian girls' basketball squad is moving on to the Sac Joaquin Section D-VI championship game after trouncing Sacramento Adventist 52-38, in the semifinal game on Thursday night.
It was a bittersweet ending for the Turlock Christian boys' basketball unit on Wednesday night in the opening round of the Sac Joaquin Section D-VI tournament against Stockton Christian.
Turlock already has a professional indoor soccer team in the Turlock Express, two collegiate teams that represent California State University, Stanislaus, a pair of high school programs with several championships to their names, and established youth and travel leagues that develop talent on a regular basis. It's safe to say the game of soccer is well represented in the area.
After defeating Stagg High in the Division I Sac-Joaquin Section out-bracket game last week, Turlock High's boys' basketball team knew it would have to play perfectly if they were upset number one seed Jesuit High in Tuesday's first-round playoff game-and for one half of play they did just that.
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