Turlock High wrestler Hailey Ward became the first freshman girl to win Master's and first freshman to qualify for the State Tournament after winning 1-0 in the Sac-Joaquin Section Master’s final from Sheldon High on Saturday.
“Her goal is to place in State next weekend,” said Turlock coach Lucas Solarez. “We are training all week for State and will be leaving Thursday night.”
Ward has been wrestling for seven years.
She accumulated a 38-4 dual record over the season after wrestling junior varsity boys all season.
“She only lost one dual match this year in the CCC,” said Solarez.
Turlock’s Emily Ngo also attended Master’s but came up a match short to qualify for State.
“These two girls are leading the way for Turlock High girls wrestling,” Solarez added.
State will be held from Friday through Saturday at the Visalia Convention Center.
TC Eagles open D-VI playoffs with victory over Freedom Christian
No. 9 Turlock Christian boys basketball continued their miraculous season on the road Friday with a first round, 50-37 victory over Freedom Christian in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-VI Tournament.
“When we lost to Venture earlier in the year many people doubted us, but we never gave up hope and kept fighting. We made it barely into the playoffs, but we are not stopping,” said TC's Max Tyson. “We are keeping the pedal down; we are going to work hard and play hard to get to that spot.”
That spot is perhaps the Section final, which goes through No. 1 Sacramento Waldorf. The Eagles will now take Waldorf on in the second round.
“I told the kids, it’s David versus Goliath now,” said TC head coach Eddie Sai. “Sacramento was also there watching us play and they only have two losses all year, completely different challenge.”
TC led FC after the first quarter 15-7 then tied it 23-23 at halftime.
The Eagles managed to outscore FC in the second half, 27-14, after making some changes.
“You lock in and have some possessions and it’s like a boxing match,” said Sai. “We had never seen the other team and we were getting a feel for them and in the second half we tried changing things on offense, running what we call 'Eagle.' I also moved Tyson down low and changed it up.”
Caleb Hoag finished with 12 points and Tyson added 11. Mason Mark added 9 and Silva added 8.
Eli Roos also put in a standout performance, shutting down their top scorer after the first.
Roos played the second, third and fourth quarters primarily serving as the defender against FC's top scorer for the year.
“I wasn't really nervous,” said Roos. “Coach has done it before and he tells us defense is so important and I knew I could do it. Nobody was down on each other, we all lifted one another and it allowed us to play well on both sides of the court.”
The next game for the Eagles will be on the road against Sacramento Waldorf at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
“We are going to work hard these next few practices and they are a tough team,” said Tyson of the second round. “We are ready to play, doesn't matter who we play, we need to play hard and let the chips fall where they do and they should fall in our favor.”
Hawks fall to Mountain House in D4 playoffs
The No. 17 Delhi High boys basketball team fell to No. 16 Mountain House in the opening round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV playoffs on Friday after a 53-45 final.
“We had high expectations and didn't achieve them,” said Delhi head coach Brian de la Porte. “We were competing for a league title, but didn't get that done but I can’t be mad as a coach because of how we finished. We never quit fighting …but we made the playoffs.”
Delhi won four consecutive games to end the regular season on a high note heading into their postseason contest that clinched their third spot in the Southern Athletic League.
The Hawks capped off the regular season with a 9-18 overall record and 6-6 in the SAL.
In Friday's game against MH, Delhi took an early 10-8 lead after the first and by halftime the Hawks were up 19-17 after 11 first half points from Chance Browning.
In the fourth quarter, MH surged to a 23-11 run to escape with the win.
“They started out-rebounding us and missed free throws down the stretch and it hurt us, they outrebounded us but they fought hard,” said de la Porte. “We went out swinging tonight that is for sure. Great experience for the kids.”