It was a bit of downward spiral year last season for the Hilmar High boys' basketball team as they struggled with inexperience along with competing in one of the tougher leagues in the Trans Valley League.
To start things off this year, the Hilmar High girls' basketball team are 2-0 after posting an 18-9 overall stint along with a 5-7 Trans Valley League outing last season.
Delhi and Denair High have young up and coming wrestling teams but it does not mean that they lack talent, because they don't.
With the season underway for the varsity girls' basketball Southern Athletic League, we look at Denair, Delhi and Turlock Christian High's squads for the 2013-14 campaign with a new season, different team, and a disparate perspective.
It was the most successful season a Hilmar High volleyball team has ever had. Unfortunately, the Yellowjackets' historic run came to an end on Saturday in the second round of the CIF Division-IV state championship tournament.
While the holiday season has brought fog to the Valley, it's the promise of coming snow just hours away in the Sierra Nevada - and its many ski resorts - that has local skiers and snowboarders giddy with excitement.
Hilmar High's volleyball team is not done, yet. After faltering to Sonora High in the section finale, the Yellowjackets traveled in the first round of the CIF State Division IV volleyball championships only to upset Section champs Justin Siena, in straight sets.
Ninety-seven high school water polo players got one last chance to find victory in the pool on Saturday, at a Central California Conference versus Modesto Metro Conference showdown, held at Turlock High's Steve Feaver Aquatic Center.
Pitman High's wrestling team officially began practice on the first week of November. After winning the Central California Conference three years ago, the Pride are striving for that same success and head coach Adam Vasconcellos feels that this may be their year.
Turlock's professional indoor soccer team, the Express, picked up their first loss of the season on Friday after hosting four-time defending champion San Diego Sockers.
In his second year as head coach for the CSU Stanislaus women's basketball team, Wayman Strickland has already led his team to as many wins as they posted all of last season in only the first two games.
The California State University, Stanislaus men's basketball team struggled last year at times, falling in close games, but this year head coach Larry Reynolds and company look to turn things around with a new team and a new year.
Hilmar High's volleyball team was one point away - twice - from claiming its first ever section title on Thursday in the Division-IV CIF Sac Joaquin Section title game at UC Davis.
It has been over six years since the last water polo all-star game took place between the Central California Conference and Modesto Metro Conference, but on Saturday it is the return of the senior All-Star Water Polo clash at Turlock High.
For the first time in school history, Hilmar High's volleyball team will move on to the sectional finals after hosting an extremely talented Bear River High team that gave the Yellowjackets all they could handle, taking the match into five sets.
Turlock and Pitman High will meet on the baseball field in a game to watch, before league play even starts after both squads notched back-to-back wins in this year's Pedretti Tournament earning a spot in the championship round.
The Central California Conference is known to be one of the most competitive leagues in the valley in nearly every sport-including softball.
For the second time in three years, the Turlock Christian girls' basketball unit fell in the section title game, this time to Valley Christian, in a game that didn't seem to fall TC's way from the outset.
Preseason is currently underway for the Trans Valley League and Southern Athletic League softball teams and also the hopes of a successful campaign this upcoming season.
Normally, fans from the area have to watch their favorite soccer players on TV, but on Wednesday night, the town of Turlock gathered to watch a professional Major League Soccer team in person as the San Jose Earthquakes came into town to wrap up their preseason with a friendly contest against Sacramento Republic FC.
With preseason currently in play, the Southern Athletic League and Trans Valley League girls soccer teams prepare for another fresh season.
The Pitman High soccer tournament was supposed to be a launching point for the 2014 season, unfortunately, Mother Nature forced the tourney to get cancelled and sent most of the 36 scheduled teams back home.
For only the fourth time in school history the Turlock Christian girls' basketball squad is moving on to the Sac Joaquin Section D-VI championship game after trouncing Sacramento Adventist 52-38, in the semifinal game on Thursday night.
It was a bittersweet ending for the Turlock Christian boys' basketball unit on Wednesday night in the opening round of the Sac Joaquin Section D-VI tournament against Stockton Christian.
Cassie Balswick's triple-double helped lift her Turlock Christian squad over Stockton Christian at home in the opening round of the Sac Joaquin Section D-VI tournament on Tuesday night.
Action resumed on the mat this past Saturday for Turlock and Pitman High in day two of the Division I Sac Joaquin Section tournament at Franklin High.
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