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Pitman goes 11-2, wins tournament title in Oakdale
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It was a nice little break for the Pitman High volleyball team, seeing how competitive the Central California Conference can be.

Last weekend, the Pride made the trek to Oakdale High and came back with the school’s tournament title after beating the host team in two games in the championship.

“Every player on the team did their part to help with the win,” Pitman coach Kristen Pontes said. “All of the girls wanted it, and it showed in our second game score of 25-15 for the championship win.”

Pitman went 11-2 in the tournament, beat Escalon in the semifinals before topping Oakdale in the title match and had Ashley Solis and Vicki Rouse earn all-tournament honors. Pontes added that setter Julia Brewer “really stepped it up to set and led the team to the championship.”

After Monday’s sweep of Merced High, the Pride are 3-1 in the competitive CCC and tied for first place with defending league champion Golden Valley High. But today, Pitman will travel to Turlock High at 6:30 p.m. to face its crosstown rival.

After that, the Pride will host Golden Valley on Monday of next week. Pitman outpaced the Cougars in five sets on Sept. 14.

“The girls deserved it and have worked very hard this season,” Pontes said about the tournament title. “We really want to focus on our game and keeping down the unforced errors because we have the talent to beat any team in the league.”



Locals finish strong at Frogtown race


Hundreds of runners in all the high school levels participated Saturday in the Frogtown Invitational at Calaveras County Fairgrounds. Each runner was aiming to break a personal-best time. Some of them had notable finishes, including local varsity runners.

Jenna Fontes of Pitman High placed 31st after she clocked a time of 23 minutes, 49 seconds in the 3-mile girls varsity race with a 7:57-mile pace. Turlock High’s Joy Ndem wasn’t too far away, as she took 34th in 24 minutes.

The Pitman girls placed 10th out of 20 teams, with Fontes, Audrey Hanf (24:58) and Ivette Salvador (25:04) earning the top three times for Pitman. Turlock took 12th, with Ndem (24:00), Monica Gutierrez (26:29) and Kaitlin Sanchez (26:30) having the team’s best finishes.

For the boys varsity race, Turlock’s Ron Barton took 32nd after he finished in 18:35. Pitman’s Isaac Gonzalez finished in 19:18 to place 59th.

Turlock and Pitman boys finished 16th and 17th, respectively.

Richard Ketscher (19:42) and Jorge Ulloa (20:21) had two of the top three times for Pitman, and Miles Urquidez (20:02) and Oscar Guzman (20:13) had two of the top three times for Turlock.

Ryan Hodgens of Whitney High came in first in the boys race after he clocked 16:44. Sarah Robinson of Gunn High in Palo Alto took first in the girls race with a time of 19:24.

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