The California State University, Stanislaus men's basketball team struggled last year at times, falling in close games, but this year head coach Larry Reynolds and company look to turn things around with a new team and a new year.
Hilmar High's volleyball team was one point away - twice - from claiming its first ever section title on Thursday in the Division-IV CIF Sac Joaquin Section title game at UC Davis.
Back to back section champions. That's the title Turlock Christian High now claims after Thursday's defeat of Stone Ridge Christian High, 3-1 (25-23, 17-25, 25-6, 25-17), in the Division VI Sac-Joaquin Section final match at UC Davis.
It has been over six years since the last water polo all-star game took place between the Central California Conference and Modesto Metro Conference, but on Saturday it is the return of the senior All-Star Water Polo clash at Turlock High.
It was the second game of Pitman High's second round playoff match against Oak Ridge High and the score was tied, 22-22. The Pride had just bested the Trojans in a first game battle and the two teams were again going tit-for-tat - the match's momentum was on the line.
In just his second year as Turlock Christian's volleyball head coach, Ken Wynne has led his team to two consecutive semi-final matches in a row, and this year hopes to make it back-to-back section titles.
The Delhi soccer team, down two players, found themselves in the playoffs for the sixth straight year, this time in the semi-final game of the CIF SJS Division-V championships at Riverbank, which resulted in a thrilling overtime oust, 3-2.
For the first time in school history the Pitman High boys' soccer team was one win and two goals away from being able to compete in the CIF SJS Division-I championship game.
Ten long, hard-fought weeks of regular season play are over for the area's prep football teams. Some lived up to expectations and others fell short of their goals, but each of the six teams in the Journal's coverage area gave it their all.
They met as children, bonded through baseball from little league to high school, and on Wednesday morning they secured a future for the game they love.
Osiris Guerrero's four goals lifted the Hilmar High Yellowjackets into the semi-final round of the Division-VI CIF Sac-Joaquin Section tournament after a sensational performance against third seeded Le Grand.
It was an early exit for the three Turlock High Bulldogs involved in Thursday's Division I Sac-Joaquin Section Singles Tournament as reigning Central California Conference singles champion Jillian Temple was eliminated in the first round and reigning CCC doubles champions Maddy Hillis and Lauren Carlson were eliminated in the second round.
After a questionable start for Pitman High's soccer team in Tuesday's first round CIF Sac-Joaquin Section game that resulted in a win, the Pride returned back in action for a Thursday matchup that saw them dominating a visiting Oak Ridge.
California State University, Stanislaus' Women's soccer team is in the record books after a 2013 season in which the lady Warriors posted a 16-0-2 overall record and became the first CCAA team since 1998 to finish the regular season undefeated.
On Thursday's senior night, Turlock High volleyball struggled in a Central California Conference matchup to contain a Merced High squad that came into town on fire, as they blazed through the 'Dogs in straight sets, (18-25, 9-25 and 11-25).
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.