The Central California Conference Championships were a huge success for both Pitman and Turlock High's wrestling teams in more ways than one.
Turlock Christian High will soon be moving its athletic programs out of the Southern League and into the Central California Athletic Alliance as part of the 2014 California Interscholastic Federation realignment. The move will take the Eagles from Division 6 to Division 5, but that's not the only change for the school.
After squandering seven consecutive league games and the opportunity to make the postseason this year, the Pitman girls' basketball squad had enough after back-to-back losses to the top two teams in the Central California Conference, Merced and Buhach Colony.
Foul trouble from the big guys late in the game, along with contentious calls from the referees, was the story of Wednesday night's critical Central California Conference bout between Turlock and Atwater High.
Modesto Junior College student and runner Becky Hobby, a former Hughson High standout, signed a national letter of intent to attend and run for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas on Feb. 6, at a brief ceremony in the MJC Gymnasium Lobby.
With the postseason out of reach for the Pitman boys basketball squad this year, the Pride were looking to be spoilers as they finished out the year playing against two of the top three teams in the league.
Logan Wolfley is no stranger to hard work.
For the first time in school history the Pitman Pride's wrestling squad will be either co-champions or the outright Central California Conference winners after beating out Buhach Colony on Tuesday night by a score of 50-19, essentially sweeping through the CCC finishing undefeated in dual meets.
The Hilmar High wrestling team came two points shy of clinching a playoff spot after falling to the visiting Trans Valley League rivals, the Hughson Huskies in a home dual meet.
Turlock High dropped its second dual meet in as many weeks against Golden Valley High Wednesday night, 46-25, effectively ending its chances at a 2014 Central California Conference championship.
Four Bulldogs signed their national letters of intent Wednesday afternoon at Turlock High, securing a home after high school for their athletic careers.
There was a mutual understanding between Turlock and Pitman High that Thursday's Central California Conference dual meet would be determined by the team who secured the most bonus points. Coaches and wrestlers on both sides expected a hard-fought and close contest and for more than half of the dual meet, they were right.
It is never an easy task to overcome when your team loses 18-consecutive games, let alone 57 days of not winning a game, but things changed on Thursday night for the hosts, Turlock High.
In the much anticipated Central California Conference cross town games, the crowds are a little bigger, louder and that usually leads to an exciting matchup every time.
It was pin or be pinned Wednesday night when Denair High hosted Southern League rival Delhi High in the third dual meet of the season. All 11 of the night's matches were determined via pin with Denair claiming six individual wins and Delhi claiming five individual wins, a practical even split.
It's a season sweep.
Grind it out till you win; league champions couldn't feel sweeter.
Turlock has a rich tradition of football excellence. From Turlock High to Pitman High, and even Turlock Christian High, coming-of-age Turlockers have spent a majority of their formative years on the gridiron, locked in competition. As is the case in many other towns in the area, these players often get their start at the youth level where they learn the game, sharpen their skills and build friendships that can last a lifetime.
Turlock High swept both the Central California Conference Singles tournament and Doubles tournament for the second year in a row on Thursday. Competing on the home courts of Atwater High, Mila Johns claimed the singles title while the newly formed team of Lauren Carlson and Courtnie Chan took the doubles title.
Pitman High's girls' and boys' varsity water polo squads ended their penultimate match of the season with a win over Central California Conference foe Buhach Colony at home on Thursday.
For the Pride it should be four times the charm.
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