The Division I South Wrestling Championships belonged to Turlock High this year. The Bulldogs pulled out one of their best divisional performances in school history with their first place finish of 225 team points, more than a hundred points ahead of second place McNair High.
Pitman High's postseason ended before it really began on Monday when the Pride (13-15 overall) faced Chavez High of Stockton. The Titans (16-11 overall) took advantage of a low energy Pitman team that struggled to find the basket, winning the out bracket game 51-44.
Pitman High's boys finished off their season with a 55-50 upset over Buhach Colony High Wednseday night. The Thunder (9-5 CCC) arrived at Pitman's gym tied with Turlock in the CCC but a determined Pride (8-7 CCC) team knocked them down to third place and out of title contention.
The lady Eagles of Turlock Christian High earned their third consecutive Southern Conference title with Thursday's 76-31 victory over Waterford High. TC once again hit the court without Halie Bergman but the trio of Rebekah Muller (22 points), Natalie Snyder (22 points), and Marly Burton (15 points) stepped up to help the Eagles close out conference play decidedly. Muller and Burton also controlled the boards on defense, recording fifteen and fourteen rebounds respectively.
Turlock High had the CCC title within its grasp when they hosted Golden Valley High on Wednesday in the final league game of the season. After five emotionally driven victories the Bulldogs (10-5 CCC) were unable to match Golden Valley's intensity, falling to the Cougars (11-3 CCC) for the third time this year, 61-37.
Last year Turlock High took the CCC title but it was Pitman High's turn this time around. Thursday marked the third and final matchup between the Bulldogs (9-6 CCC) and Pride (11-4 CCC) this season and Pitman's 45-33 victory marked the first ever basketball championship for the school.
Denair High's final game against Delhi High had no implications on a conference title or for playoffs. The Coyotes (3-11 Southern) entered Friday's game against the Hawks motivated by a will to win for themselves and end their season on a high note. Delhi (8-6 Southern) had similar motivation, however, and its intensity overwhelmed Denair for a 67-62 win.
The last time the Turlock American Junior All-Stars stepped onto the baseball field of Pedretti Sports Complex, they waited until the final inning to knock in runs and make a rally.
It's safe to say that the girls of the Modesto-Stanislaus Water Polo Club, coached by Pitman High's Drew Clute, has been tested and that's one reason why the 18-under team is ready for the next challenge: the Junior Olympic national tournament.
Former Cal State Stanislaus pitchers Eric Cendejas and Dakota Watts were both promoted last week to Double-A teams within their respective organizations.
For the second consecutive season, Paul Smith's golf season ended at the CIF Northern California Boys Golf Championships. At the same time, not many golfers in the Central Valley can say the same.
In their third match against national powerhouse programs in as many days, the Cal State Stanislaus Warriors nearly pulled off an upset before falling to No. 7 Hawaii Pacific, 5-4, on Wednesday.
Against the No. 8 team in the country, the Cal State Stanislaus baseball team rallied twice from behind but wasn't able to hold off Chico State in the first game of a doubleheader, losing 7-2 in 12 innings on Thursday in Chico. In the nightcap, the Wildcats squeaked by with a 3-2 win in seven innings.
As the weeks and games go by, the Turlock High baseball team is beginning to look more and more like an unstoppable force.The latest evidence of this came Thursday afternoon at the Bulldogs' own baseball field, where they powered through with another win. This time, it a 4-1 triumph over Buhach Colony High in Central California Conference action, improving Turlock's league record to 2-0 to go along with an undefeated mark of 8-0.The Bulldogs' schedule gets more difficult, however.Next up is a series against Merced High, as Turlock hosts the first game at 4 p.m ...
The Pitman and Turlock boys tennis teams will face each other in their annual meeting on Tuesday afternoon at the Pitman High tennis courts. Expect the match to be a close one, especially since the Pride and Bulldogs split the CCC title last season.The meeting is scheduled for 3 p.m.It also marks one of two crosstown rivalry games between Turlock's two big high schools, with the other being the girls soccer matchup at 4 p.m. Tuesday at nearby Turlock Sports Complex.
The Turlock High varsity volleyball team bounced back from their 3-2 loss to Atwater on Monday with a 3-0, (25-19, 25-20 and 27-25) victory over Merced on Wednesday. The 'Dogs are now 3-1 in the Central California Conference, making it their best start in league since the 2006 season.
The Pitman Pride's water polo teams swept visiting Golden Valley High School on Thursday afternoon with both the boys' and girls' varsity teams finishing up 17-6, and 11-7, respectively against the Cougars.
It's been almost a full two weeks since the majority of local volleyball teams started league competition, with Trans Valley League teams being the exception. The late start to league-play has resulted in slim pickings for Hilmar High's volleyball team in terms of opponents, but on Thursday the Yellowjackets managed to lure Los Banos High to their homecourt during a bye week for the Tigers.
It was a battle between the two winless soccer teams in the Central California Conference.
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