Southern Athletic League play is in full swing for the varsity boys basketball teams and on Tuesday night, Delhi and Denair squared off for the second time this season.
League play has begun for local high school student-athletes but just before things start to really get going, one final showdown took place on Saturday at Buhach Colony's gym between the Modesto Metro Conference and the Central California Conference.
Coming off a close loss to Las Vegas in their prior game, the Turlock Express looked to rally in Friday's home contest when they hosted the Seattle Impact in what resulted in the Express' most dominating performance this season thus far.
Goodbye to the Bowl Championship Series and hello to the first year of the College Football Playoffs.
Wednesday marked the start of Southern Athletic League play for the Denair High wrestling team which welcomed a thin Orestimba squad at home.
With only one game left in preseason, the Pitman High boys basketball team was looking for any spark and they got that on Tuesday night after Branson Garcia knocked in 24 points to lead the Pride into a 66-38 home shellacking over Livingston and snap a three game losing.
Two local soccer athletes will be playing Division I soccer for the upcoming fall after each received athletic scholarships from the same university.
The Turlock High Bulldogs ended their year at the 15th Annual Modesto Christian Holiday Hoop Classic on Tuesday, but not with confetti and cheers. The Bulldogs lost to Salesian, 55-58.
The Pitman High boys varsity basketball team won the eight-team Oakdale Tournament last year and the Pride were looking to repeat as the champions this season, but fate had another thing in mind.
The Pitman High girls started their second annual holiday tournament with a dominating performance over Pacheco, 68-42, however the Lady Pride were not able to hold on to that momentum for the following two rounds of play, and ended the tourney in eighth place.
Former Turlock High graduate and boys basketball standout Alek Carlson is coming off one of the most successful seasons in school history but it wasn't with Turlock, it was with California State University, Stanislaus.
The Denair Holiday Classic boys basketball tournament concluded Saturday, with the host team coming in fourth place after the Coyotes fell to the Hughson Huskies, 51-57, on Saturday.
Action at the Denair High basketball tournament resumed on Friday when two local teams in Turlock Christian and Delhi met on the court in the consolation bracket with both teams seeking a win after falling in the first round.
The girls of Turlock Christian High (6-4) hosted the much improved Denair Coyotes (4-4) on Friday night in a critical showdown between the two local schools.
In a complete turnaround from last year's disappointing start, the Denair High boys basketball team cruised its way out of the opening round of their home tournament with a convincing 52-29 win over Tioga High on Thursday night.
Pitman High junior Rayana Plancarte scored two goals in the second half of Thursday's game as the Pride controlled the tempo for the remainder of the contest and shutout their Central California Conference foe, Atwater, 2-0.
Coming off a 0-1 loss to Atwater late in the game, the Pitman Pride softball team was quick to learn from the loss and move on as they toppled Buhach Colony at home on Wednesday with a 5-1 win behind the arm of starter Alexis Mettler.
It had been nearly five years since the Turlock High varsity softball team defeated Merced and after half a decade of turmoil the Bulldogs ended the streak with a remarkable 4-3 win on Wednesday afternoon.
Things have changed in the Central California Conference this year and this week marked the beginning of a three-game series, starting with game one at Turlock High as the Bulldogs hosted the Atwater Falcons.
The Central California Conference and the Modesto Metro Conference gathered together for Saturday's Nor Cal Relay at Johansen High with Turlock and Pitman owning the day on the pool.
It was a down game for the Hilmar varsity baseball team on Saturday afternoon when they hosted Sonora High.
The Hilmar High (6-3-1) girls varsity soccer team is only two wins away from tying last year's win total and league hasn't even started.
Four consecutive errors in the sixth inning gave the Hilmar High varsity softball team its second straight Trans Valley League loss on Friday afternoon as Riverbank played the spoilers in a 3-8 loss.
It has been a quiet start in the newly renovated Central California Athletic Alliance for the Turlock Christian (2-4) baseball team after suffering another league loss to Big Valley Christian (7-1) at Pedretti Park on Thursday, 10-0 after a mercy-rule victory.
Things were heating up between the Turlock and Pitman High varsity softball teams when they met on the diamond for a grand Central California Conference and crosstown showdown.
The sting of loss felt by both Turlock and Pitman High baseball teams in the second day of the Pedretti Tournament was quickly forgotten on Saturday, as each local team toppled their respective opponent to end with a win and 2-1 overall record.
Last year Turlock High's varsity boys tennis team went a perfect 12-0 in the Central California Conference behind head coach Juana Alaniz, who after the season decided to call it quits while his assistant coach Bill Weber recently accepted the head coaching job at Denair High.
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