With football being such a rich and successful tradition at Hilmar High, it seems like the basketball program takes the back seat - especially after coming away with only one winning season since 2007.
The Turlock Christian High girls basketball team was seven points away from capturing a CIF Division VI Sac-Joaquin Section title last year, after losing in the championship game to Valley Christian 47-54.
When Don Inman took over the Hilmar High girls basketball program back in the 2010-11 season, the Yellowjackets made the playoffs in his first year at the helm. Four years later, the 'Jackets have made it to the playoffs in three of the last four seasons, however, have fell in all their respective opening rounds.
The Denair High girls basketball program has been in a decade-long downslide, accumulating zero winning seasons in that 10 year span. Enter Mike Turpin as the Coyotes new head coach. The future already looks bright for the Coyotes after the team's best start since before the 2004-05 season.
When Turlock High girls basketball head coach Mark Musselman took over a struggling program last year, the Bulldogs had not made the postseason since the 2010-11 season, but now with an official offseason it looks like the right moves were made and things look as bright as ever.
The Southern Athletic League is a smaller, yet very competitive league when it comes to wrestling and this year, with Denair and Delhi High returning a large portion of their key athletes, things look to be on the upswing for the Coyotes and Hawks on the mat.
The Turlock Christian Eagles volleyball team was one win away from competing in the CIF Division VI Nor Cal championship game, but their fate was decided this past weekend after falling in the semifinal match to Anderson Valley in straight sets.
In his second year as the head coach for Turlock Christian boys varsity basketball team, Eddie Sai led his team to their second consecutive postseason berth with an 18-10 record last year, but the Eagles unfortunately lost in the opening round of the playoffs.
The Pitman High varsity wrestling team is coming off the most successful season in school history after winning its first Central California Conference title in 2013-14 and posting a 12-1 overall record.
Coming off a devastating defeat to Sonora High in the CIF Division-IV Sac-Joaquin Section Championship, Hilmar High's volleyball team was hoping to bounce back in the CIF Northern California State Tournament but things ended quickly for the Yellowjackets who lost in straight sets, 0-3.
The Turlock Christian High volleyball team is moving on to the Northern California State Tournament semifinal after defeating Fall River in the opening round of the CIF Division-VI Nor Cal State Tournament, 3-1, on Tuesday.
The Hilmar High volleyball team went into Friday's Section championship game against Sonora looking for a very different outcome than last year's matchup. The Yellowjackets left the UC Davis court disappointed, however, because for the second straight year Sonora outplayed Hilmar to take the banner.
The development of former Turlock High Bulldog Dakota Edwards has seen its ups and downs at the collegiate level but after an impressive summer baseball outing the previous week, the local right-handed pitcher seems to be on the upswing.
Coming off a rivalry victory, the Stanislaus Babe Ruth Cardinals battled in two doubleheader series this past weekend, beginning with a Friday matchup against Hollister and concluding on Sunday night against Bullard.