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).
Turlock High swept both the Central California Conference Singles tournament and Doubles tournament for the second year in a row on Thursday. Competing on the home courts of Atwater High, Mila Johns claimed the singles title while the newly formed team of Lauren Carlson and Courtnie Chan took the doubles title.
Pitman High's girls' and boys' varsity water polo squads ended their penultimate match of the season with a win over Central California Conference foe Buhach Colony at home on Thursday.
For the Pride it should be four times the charm.
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