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.
Merced High had a large number of their top wrestlers back on Wednesday night as they squared off against Pitman in a Central California Conference showdown in what resulted in a win by the Pride with a score of 36-24.
The very young, yet talented Hilmar High wrestling squad had their hands full on Wednesday night as they traveled to take on the senior-heavy Escalon High in a tight Trans Valley League matchup.
Turlock High is still undefeated in the Central California Conference with Wednesday's defeat of Buhach Colony High in the third dual meet of the season. But while the Bulldogs walked away with the team victory, it was anything but easy as the Thunder played it close in a 41-30 final.
It's been half a year since Turlock's Lewis Gonzalez was forced to withdraw from what would have been his first shot at a World Series of Fighting championship belt. Scheduled to face Justin Gaethje on Jan. 18, Gonzalez suffered a knee injury weeks prior to the event and was forced to sit and watch as Gaethje defeated his replacement, Richard Patishnock, via TKO to become WSOF's inaugural Lightweight Champion.
The Turlock National Senior All-Stars had a storied year after winning the District and Section title, but at the Northern California divisional tournament, things didn't quite turn out the way head coach Daryl Finney anticipated.
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