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.
Hilmar High's Devon Mederios is the latest local athlete to secure an athletic future at the collegiate level after signing his letter of intent with Sacramento State University's football team. Mederios, who was a key component of the Yellowjackets' 13-1 season in 2013, will join the Hornets' roster as a walk-on at the kicker position.
All Turlock High had to do to beat Atwater High on Thursday was show up to the Turlock Golf and Country Club with a complete team. With only four golfers, the Falcons were forced to forfeit to the Bulldogs in the third Central California Conference match of the season.
It's not unheard of for a team to play with a person down due to injury, illness or other unforeseen circumstances. Playing with two holes in your starting lineup, however, is rare and hard to recover from, especially when the missing players fill important positions like third base and catcher.
Pitman High junior Rayana Plancarte scored two goals in the second half of Thursday's game as the Pride controlled the tempo for the remainder of the contest and shutout their Central California Conference foe, Atwater, 2-0.
Coming off a 0-1 loss to Atwater late in the game, the Pitman Pride softball team was quick to learn from the loss and move on as they toppled Buhach Colony at home on Wednesday with a 5-1 win behind the arm of starter Alexis Mettler.
It had been nearly five years since the Turlock High varsity softball team defeated Merced and after half a decade of turmoil the Bulldogs ended the streak with a remarkable 4-3 win on Wednesday afternoon.
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