We've arrived at the mid-way point of the Central California Conference prep football season. Two league games down and three more to go and it's already make-or-break for a few CCC teams.
Francisco Madrigal, 21, out of the Delhi Boxing Club, earned first place in the middleweight division at the 10th Annual Manuel Torrez International Boxing Classic, which was held at Tulare West High School Saturday and Sunday.
It's always a daunting task when Merced High's boys and girls water polo teams come to town.
The Pitman High volleyball squad is now 10-0 in the Central California Conference after taking down cross-town rivals Turlock High, 3-0, at home in straight sets (25-9, 25-7 and 25-12).
The sun was shining, the water was perfect and Wednesday was a beautiful day to be in the swimming pool at Pitman High's Aquatic Center. Until, that is, Merced's red-hot boys and girls water polo teams showed up.
Denair High volleyball found some payback Monday night, as the Coyotes won out over the Delhi Hawks in their second Southern Athletic League matchup, 3-1. What began as a competitive first set, resulted in a Coyote victory over the Hawks (26-24, 25-7, 21-25 and 25-19).
Frank Marques and Chris Johnson's relationship extends beyond the painted sidelines and stands of the football field.
When Delhi and Denair High soccer teams met earlier in the season, it was a grudge match that ended with a 1-0 win for the Hawks in the Southern Athletic League competition. This time, Delhi traveled to Denair and came out victorious once again, but by a larger margin.
It was a weekend of ups and downs for the teams of Turlock Youth Football as the 49ers hosted the Buhach Thunder and the Vikings visited the Manteca Jr. Buffaloes.
Local high schools throughout the Valley saw their respective girls golf squads go through a learning phase last year as Pitman High started a new era with a first year head coach; Turlock continued to excel and gain valuable experience winning their ninth consecutive league title; and Hilmar was just a few strokes from winning three straight league titles.
The Delhi High boys' soccer team made a statement in last season's Southern Athletic League. The Hawks finished first in the league with a 11-1-2 record, outscoring opponents 64 to 10, along with a 16-4-2 overall record, and an offense that racked up 85 goals for the season, averaging just under four goals per game.
In 2012, the Central California Conference girls' tennis season saw a crazy year after Pitman High struggled with a 1-9 record, placing last in league, while Turlock High - at 15-4 - were co-champions with Merced in the CCC.
Immediately after last year's final snap, the Pitman and Turlock High football teams were already looking into the upcoming season, with a focus on conditioning in the off-season.
CrossFit ParaBellum hosted their first fitness competition on their one-year anniversary at their Turlock gym Saturday, with over 98 participants from around the Central Valley.
After recently winning their fourth tournament this season, the under 10 Modesto Ajax United girls soccer club is now 23-3-1, after losing in the quarterfinal game at the Mustang Stampede Tournament this past weekend.
The Central California Conference swim finals were underway on Thursday with Turlock and Pitman High present at Buhach Colony to see who would prevail as the league champions of 2014.
The boys' golf team of Turlock High is one performance away from claiming its 11th straight Central California Conference title after Thursday afternoon's 424-450 defeat of Pitman High.
For the first time in head coach Juan Alanizs' five year tenure as the Turlock high boys tennis coach, they finished their season undefeated with a perfect 12-0 record in the Central California Conference after trouncing cross town rivals Pitman High on Thursday afternoon.
The second Central California Conference Center Meet was in full go on Tuesday morning at Atwater High as Turlock and Pitman looked to top out the charts in both the boys and girls track divisions.
Turlock High senior Kenny Fraser, the 6'6" leader on the court for Bulldogs basketball this past season, has settled on his destination after graduation. Fraser signed his letter of intent to play for the UC San Diego Tritons Wednesday afternoon where he is expected to receive significant minutes on the court his freshman year.
Turlock High boys' tennis continued its unbeaten streak Tuesday afternoon with a 7-2 defeat of Golden Valley High - number two in the Central California Conference standings-to extend its record to 9-0 in the CCC.
Turlock and Pitman High met for the second time this season Monday night at Joe Debely Stadium, capping the second round of Central California Conference play with another closely contested, cross town matchup.
Delhi High junior pitcher, Alyssa Stockton added more stats to her already young, yet impressive career thus far, after striking out 20 in a ten-inning, 4-3 win against Ripon Christian at home Monday.
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