This year's 16U Rage Volleyball squad based out of Ripon - a true 15U team that placed second in last year's 14U Junior National Championships - won the Windy City Qualifier in Chicago last weekend with a 9-0 effort that included a straight-set finals win over the Texas Tornadoes.
Last season should have been Kevin Kramer's third with the UCLA baseball team. The Turlock native and former Turlock Bulldog was supposed to be the Bruins' third baseman and one of their more consistent hitters. Instead, Kramer was forced to redshirt his junior year as he underwent shoulder surgery and had to watch as his team experienced a losing season with an overall record of 25-30-1 and a Pac-12 record of 12-18.
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.
It was a reversal of roles for Pitman High tennis when its boys hosted Atwater High on Thursday. Two days after losing to Golden Valley High 4-5, the Pride pulled off a one-match win of their own, 5-4, against the Falcons to bring their record in the Central California Conference to 1-1.
It has been a quiet start in the newly renovated Central California Athletic Alliance for the Turlock Christian (2-4) baseball team after suffering another league loss to Big Valley Christian (7-1) at Pedretti Park on Thursday, 10-0 after a mercy-rule victory.
It was a war of attrition when Turlock High hosted rival Pitman High in the final Central California Conference girls soccer match of the season on Thursday. The Bulldogs (10-2-3 CCC) entered the match with only a half a game lead over Merced High and needing a tie or a win to secure their fourth consecutive CCC championship. Still, Turlock hit the pitch aggressively looking to end its season in the winner's column before ultimately finishing in a deadlock with the Pride, 0-0.
There will soon be a soccer shakeup in the Sac-Joaquin Section. After years of failed proposals to take boys and girls soccer out of their respective fall and spring seasons, the SJS board recently approved moving both boys and girls soccer to the winter season and align its schedule with the California Interscholastic Federation's official season of sport for soccer.
Pitman and Turlock High competed in the Central California Conference Center Meet in Atwater High for the third time this season, and for the third time in a row, the Pitman varsity girls won, while the boys boasted their second win in three meets on Wednesday afternoon.