When Turlock High girls basketball head coach Mark Musselman took over a struggling program last year, the Bulldogs had not made the postseason since the 2010-11 season, but now with an official offseason it looks like the right moves were made and things look as bright as ever.
The Southern Athletic League is a smaller, yet very competitive league when it comes to wrestling and this year, with Denair and Delhi High returning a large portion of their key athletes, things look to be on the upswing for the Coyotes and Hawks on the mat.
Turlock High's boys basketball team has kicked off the 2014 season with a pair of hard-fought wins over Modesto High and McNair High, improving to a 2-0 record by a combined margin of five points. For the Bulldogs, this type of close competition is nothing new.
Close to 100 water polo athletes gathered in the waters of the Steve Feaver Aquatics Center last year for the first annual North vs. South High School Senior All-Star Game. The inaugural event featured eight teams and four matches and turned longtime opponents into teammates for one final high school competition.
The 2014 season is underway for Turlock's professional indoor soccer team and along with a new year, the Major Arena Soccer League has been implemented.
For the first time in school history, the California State University, Stanislaus women's soccer team is in the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Division II Championship after toppling Western Washington, 1-0, this past Saturday.
Pitman High softball prodigy, Alexis Mettler is one of the rare gifted young talents from the area who have proven extraordinary qualities for a student-athlete that everyone wishes to inquire over their career.
The Turlock Christian Eagles volleyball team continues to fly past their opponents in the postseason and Thursday was no different.
No day off; no problem.
Pitman High was pushed to its limits Thursday night in the second round of the CIF Division I Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs against St. Mary's High. After uncharacteristically dropping the first set to the Rams, the Pride bounced back and battled to five sets for only the second time all season.
A day after ending her high school volleyball career with a close playoff loss to Lincoln High, Turlock High's Victoria Larsen inked the beginning of a new chapter in her life when she signed her national letter of intent to play for Fresno Pacific University.
Hilmar High's Landon Azevedo has committed to continue his athletic skills at Sacramento State University on an athletic scholarship for golf, signing his letter of intent Thursday.
Turlock High entered the 11th annual Harvest Bowl on Friday night with a chip on its shoulder and a playoff spot on the line. The Bulldogs had missed their shot at the Central California Conference championship by a mere three points a week prior, and with a 5-4 record, they desperately needed to defeat their rival, Pitman High, to keep their season alive.
Make the postseason in the first year as the head coach, check.
Every season is a new season.
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.
Things were heating up between the Turlock and Pitman High varsity softball teams when they met on the diamond for a grand Central California Conference and crosstown showdown.
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