After a 3-0 start in the Central California Conference this season, the Turlock High Bulldogs were looking to make it four straight league wins at home, but Golden Valley became the spoilers of the night as they topped the 'Dogs, 55-52, after a big stop at the end that included a questionable call.
Denair High's wrestling team has once again gained control if its destiny with Wednesday's 57-18 win over Delhi High. Having lost their first dual of the season to Waterford High, the Coyotes (2-1 SAL) were pleased to find out that the Wildcats were handed their first league loss by Mariposa High on Wednesday. Denair is now in position to claim a share of the Southern Athletic League Championship if it can beat Mariposa when the two schools meet next week.
Fresh off a tight loss to Atwater, the Pitman High girls' basketball was searching any way possible to pick up their first Central California Conference victory, but came up just short after an overtime thriller with Merced Thursday night.
Fresh off their first defeat to Buhach Colony, 29-36, last week in the Central California Conference opener, the Turlock High wrestling team bounced back on Wednesday night with their first league win of the season over Atwater High, 56-13.
Pitman High picked up its first Central California Conference win Wednesday night with a 59-45 defeat of visiting Atwater High. Coming off a loss to Golden Valley High that saw their boys allow 24 points in the fourth quarter, the Pride shored up its defense against the Falcons with bookend quarters, allowing only eight points in the first quarter and only nine in the fourth.
This year saw plenty of noteworthy sports moments in Turlock and the surrounding areas. Here's what stood out for the sports department as some truly remarkable feats.
After starting off the 38th annual Frank Godinez basketball tournament on a slow pace, the Pitman High boys' varsity team turned things around at the end as they finished in the winner's column after topping Ceres High, 65-46 on Saturday.
For the third straight year the Turlock High boys' basketball team won the 38th annual Frank Godinez tournament after sweeping their opponents, Ceres, Ripon and Beyer in the finale.
After just one year in Turlock the Premier Development League partnership with the San Jose Earthquakes under-23 team has been bought, renamed and moved to Burlingame.
Four months have passed since Lewis Gonzalez suffered his first career loss at the hands of Luis Palomino in the World Series of Fighting 12 main event in Las Vegas. Those familiar with Gonzalez had grown accustomed to watching the Lightweight prospect pummel his way through the division and a loss, especially via KO, was the last thing that was expected.
Pitman came into the 38th annual Frank Godinez Boys Basketball Tournament hoping that the start would result in a victory but they met the undefeated Beyer Patriots (6-0) who are off to one of the best starts to-date and for the second time in six games, lost by a score of 43-63.
Turlock High hit the court with a bang Thursday night in the first day of the 38th annual Frank Godinez Boys Basketball Tournament with a 66-37 win over Ceres High, snapping a two-game losing streak and setting up a game with Ripon High tonight.
The basketball season is underway for the Delhi High Hawks boys and girls squads, who each seek a successful campaign in the always competitive Southern Athletic League.
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.
For the second year in a row the Turlock Christian High girls' varsity basketball squad has punched their ticket to the Division VI Sac-Joaquin Section Championship game after beating Sacramento Waldorf, 48-34, in the semifinal game at home on Thursday night.
The boys' basketball season is officially over for Turlock High after Wednesday's 89-54 playoff loss to Sheldon High in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I Boys Basketball Championships. The reigning Central California Conference champions met their match in the Huskies (19-6 overall) who showed the Bulldogs (16-11 overall) how they became Delta League champs and why they were seeded second in the tournament.
A fourth quarter catastrophe cost the Turlock Christian High boys' basketball team an opportunity to move on to the semifinal round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI Tournament.
Southern Athletic League competitors Denair and Delhi High finished a respective third and fourth in the overall team standings at the SAL League Tournament last weekend with both breaking program records for divisional qualifiers.
Former Modesto Junior College football coach Bob Hoegh, who recently passed away this past Christmas Eve, will be commemorated on March 15 after the former coach insisted on no funeral service.
The Turlock FC U13 Elite boys' soccer team are the best in the state and they did in dramatic fashion this past weekend.
The Hilmar High (2-8) girls' varsity basketball squad hosted the top team in the Trans Valley League, Riverbank (9-1), on Tuesday night in their regular season finale for one last showdown for the seniors.
Hilmar High placed third in team standings at Saturday's Trans Valley League Championships and qualified eight of its ten active wrestlers for the Divisional Championships.
For the second time in as many weeks, Pitman High watched two of its student-athletes sign letters of intent and secure a future in athletics at the college level. Maddy Bowen and Alexis Mettler signed their respective letters for Chico State and the University of Deleware Tuesday afternoon in what has become a Pride tradition in the Pitman library.
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