The first time Jasmine Washington had any sort of encounter with Keith Larsen was when the Pitman High senior noticed his name on a business card. This was during a visit to the Backyard Sports Academy in Turlock, where aspiring athletes can get one-on-one tutoring in baseball and basketball.
Adam Vasconcellos had one of those rare feelings, and he had a tough time describing it. The Pitman High wrestling coach was all over Turlock High's Bulldog Arena near the end of the Central California Conference Championships on Thursday, trying to wrap his head around what was tough to even imagine at the beginning of the season. His Pride were close to a tournament title. But they came up short. Actually, 4.5 points short. That ...
DENAIR - Maybe it was just going to be a temporary stint. That would explain why Craig Miller's attitude about competing for the Denair High wrestling team seemed uncommitted. His coach said "he goofed around."
On Friday morning, members of the Cal State Stanislaus track and field teams were warming up and getting ready for the upcoming season. Nearby, coach Geoff Bradshaw talked about their anticipation.
For a team that is known to keep quiet even after a big win, the noise that the Turlock High girls basketball players made after demolishing crosstown rival Pitman High 56-31 on Thursday seemed uncharacteristic. They hollered and clapped inside their opponent's gym.
Turlock High junior center Connor Pearson had probably the toughest, energy-draining assignment in his team's annual meeting against crosstown rival Pitman High on Friday night.
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.