TURLOCK -- Turlock High's Sam Smith, The Bee's Golfer of the Year last spring, hasn't lost his touch.
He fired a 2-under 35 Thursday at Turlock Golf and Country Club, with birdies on three of his nine holes, as the Bulldogs beat Merced 198-237 in Central California Conference action.
Sam wasn't a one-man show, either, as freshman brother Paul shot a 1-under 37 and sophomore Travis Souza shot a 38 -- breaking 40 for the first time this year.
Souza, who Turlock (9-0, 4-0 CCC) coach Ben Calula said consistently drives the ball more than 300 yards off the tee, birdied both par-5s.
ENOCHS 221, DOWNEY 232, at Muni -- Jason Coffey shot a 5-over 40 and nearly birdied three consecutive holes while leading the Eagles (2-3 Modesto Metro Conference) over the Knights (1-4). Coffey birdied the sixth and seventh holes, but his putt on No. 8 skipped past the hole and he settled for par.
JOHANSEN 202, BEYER 228, at Creekside -- Daniel Covrig survived four penalty strokes to record a 3-over 39 and help the Vikings (5-0 MMC) over the Patriots (3-2). Covrig's tee shot on No. 1 went out of bounds as he tried to cut the corner of a dogleg. Teammate Nathan Bollinger shot a season-low 38 despite three-putting both par-5s.
FRANKLIN 214, TURLOCK CHR. 226, at Stevinson Ranch -- Andre Navarro birdied the first hole on his way to a par 36 and teammate Bo Warda had eight pars and a double-bogey for a 38, but the Wildcats (3-1) used their depth to beat the Eagles (3-1).
CENTRAL CATHOLIC 213, ORESTIMBA 274, at Dryden -- Victtor Lopez opened with back-to-back birdies on his way to a 3-over 39 as the Raiders (7-0, 5-0 Western Athletic Conference) beat the Warriors, despite Clayton Aguilar's eagle on hole No. 2.
RIPON 7, RIVERBANK 0, at Riverbank -- Meagan Williams scored the first goal of her varsity career and sophomore Ranae McFadden had two goals and three assists as the Indians (7-3-1, 2-0 Trans-Valley League) shut out the Bruins (0-2).
"Ranae has terrific ballhandling skills, great field sense and she's very, very fast," said assistant coach Bruce Perkins, whose speedy forward helped the Indians to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V final last season. "That all adds up to being involved in just about every scoring opportunity that we have."
MODESTO 4, DAVIS 0, at Modesto -- Erika McCutcheon celebrated her first hat trick of the season and Kara Bowers was sharp in the goal to lead the Panthers (5-3-1, 2-1 MMC) past the Spartans (2-1). McCutcheon's third goal was set up when Alejandra Larramaga charged down the middle and flipped a lateral pass, which McCutcheon snared and fired over the goalkeeper's head from 27 yards out.
JOHANSEN 2, DOWNEY 1, at Downey -- Elisabeth Freitas scored her second goal with 10 minutes remaining, taking a crossing pass from Brooke Blythe and directing it inside the far post, to snap the tie and lift the Vikings (1-2 MMC) over the Knights (0-2-1).
BEYER 4, ENOCHS 0, at Enochs -- Jennie Marshall, The Bee's Player of the Year as a junior and the state's leading scorer this season, posted a hat trick to raise her season total to 27 goals as the Patriots (10-2, 3-0 MMC) blanked the Eagles (0-2-1).
GOLDEN VALLEY 2, PITMAN 0, at Merced -- Alli Langford struck quickly, heading in a goal in the opening minute, then provided the assist as Korina Lopez scored with five minutes left as the Cougars (8-2, 2-0 CCC) blanked the Pride (1-1).
CENTRAL VALLEY 6, WESTON RANCH 0, at Ceres -- The Hawks' (2-7-2, 2-0 Valley Oak League) defense was impenetrable, as the Cougars (0-2) didn't even get a shot on goal against Veronica Nides. Cristina Dias' second-half goal was a show-stopper, as she survived a collision in front of the goal and used her head to knock it into the net.
ENOCHS 4, JOHANSEN 3, at Enochs -- With the score tied at 3 and a crowd watching, Landon Hammonds and Miles Rubia rolled past Adam Tesluk and Jon Carreon 6-1, 6-0 in doubles play to lift the Eagles (3-2 MMC) over the Vikings (2-3).
"Their speed and ability to cover the entire court made the difference in our win," Enochs coach Niles Carlin said. "They knew their match would decide the winner and they really went after it."
MODESTO 7, DOWNEY 0, at Downey -- After being stunned 6-0 in an error-filled opening set of the No. 1 singles, Jeff Solomon minimized his mistakes on the way to a 0-6, 6-4, 6-4 win that led the Panthers (4-1 MMC) over the Knights (1-4).
MANTECA 15, EAST UNION 0, at Manteca -- No. 3 single Gabe Lopez used his dominant baseline game to win three matches, losing just one game, as the Buffaloes (4-0 VOL) beat the Lancers (0-4).