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).
For opposing girls tennis players this year, Turlock High's No. 1 singles player Jillian Temple might well have been known as the "Temple of Doom."
Turlock and Pitman soccer squads ended their 2013 regular season in the Central California Conference with a maniacal contest that resulted in a 3-2 win for the 'Dogs on Wednesday.
Wednesday night, under the bright lights and bitter winter-like conditions at the Steve Fever Aquatic Center, Turlock High's boys' and girls' water polo teams finished the Central California Conference season with thrilling victories over rival Pitman High.
Hilmar relished its role as spoiler at Ripon High's Stouffer Field on Wednesday.
Bryan Hunt, who retired in February as a Ceres fire battalion chief, successfully participated in the grueling first-ever Lake Tahoe Ironman competition.
Last weekend was the Sacramento sectional Punt, Pass and Kick competition which brought kids from the entire Central Valley to try for a spot to compete during a professional NFL game.
The Turlock High's girl's tennis team topped off their perfect regular season at 12-0 after knocking off third place cross-town rivals-Pitman High on Thursday.
Pitman High's girls' tennis team fell, 3-6, to Central California Conference foe Atwater for the first time in Doug Reimers stint as the head coach.
Two failed penalty kicks cost the Pitman High boys soccer team an opportunity to go up two-games in the Central California Conference, after Atwater came into town and beat out the Pride in a 2-0 shutout on Thursday.
This year's Pitman High volleyball squad is already in the history books after a perfect start to the season with a 13-0 overall record that includes an early 2-0 start in the Central California Conference after topping out Golden Valley High at home on Wednesday in a 3-0 win, (25-15, 25-12 and 25-6).
Central California Conference cross country competition began Wednesday afternoon as runners from six schools braved a three-mile course through Merced's Applegate Park in the first CCC center meet of the season.
The only team to beat Turlock High at the 2014 Merced High Invitational on Monday was Turlock High, as the Bulldogs finished both first and second in the overall team standings.
Hilmar High rolled through its second Central California Conference team in a week Thursday night when the 'Jackets (14-4 overall) defeated Turlock High two days after doing the same to Atwater High. Hilmar beat the Bulldogs (8-4 overall) in straight sets (27-25, 25-11, and 25-18) as team defense and a powerful offensive attack from Emily Baptista paved the way.
Turlock's Sergio Jiminez knocked in the first goal of Wednesday's home game in the fifth minute against East Union but it wasn't enough as the Lancers tied the game about halfway through the second half to end the game at 1-1.
Pitman High's boys' soccer team visited the always tough Central Valley soccer squad on Thursday in one final preseason matchup, only this time it was the Hawks who trounced the Pride in a 1-0 game.
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