RIPON - The Southern League girls basketball title is likely to be shared by its two parochial schools for a second straight season.
It was all about control for Pitman High Thursday night when Atwater High rolled into town.
It was the final dual meet of the season Wednesday night and fans from both Turlock and Pitman High sat in the stands of Turlock's girls gym, giddy with anticipation and ready to watch the cross-town rivals compete on the mat. For a few Bulldog seniors it would be their last chance to wrestle in front of a home crowd-but some never got the chance.
Normally Pitman High's aim is a top tier finish at its annual home tournament, the Rumble in the Jungle, but with eight wrestlers sidelined due to match count the Pride hit the mat on Saturday with their sights set on individual success.
It was the matchup of the season Friday night.
It happens nearly every time they step on the same court.
Turlock High wrestling improved to 3-0 in the Central California Conference this week with dual wins over Merced High in Tuesday and Buhach Colony High on Wednesday. The Bulldogs defeated the Bears by winning 10 of the night's 14 matches and put down the Thunder by winning 12 of 15 matches.
Brandon Harris is a Pitman High original.
Pitman High opened Tuesday's game against rival Turlock High with a Britney Leon trey- an early sign of things to come.
Denair High's girls led Southern Athletic League rival Delhi High for the entire first half of Thursday's basketball game, but with one quarter left to play the situation seemed dire for the Coyotes. After struggling to contain Denair's offense, the Hawks closed the gap on the Coyotes and pulled away with a 13 point lead.
ESCALON - A 15-point Hilmar High deficit at the half suddenly expanded in the midst of a 21-8 third quarter run for Escalon's varsity boys basketball team as abysmal scoring plagued the Yellowjackets throughout a 56-33 Trans Valley League defeat on Tuesday.
It was more than just another basketball game Monday night when Turlock Christian High hosted its arch rival Ripon Christian High. The less than spacious Calvary Baptist Gym was packed to the gills as both Eagles (14-3 overall, 4-0 SAL) and Knights (9-6 overall, 3-1 SAL) supporters watched from the bleachers, hallways, and even the floor as the defending Southern Athletic League Co-Champions had it out.
While one former Turlock quarterback wowed the nation in San Francisco on Saturday, another was on the other side of the country doing his best to put in an impressive performance of his own and turn the heads of some college coaches.
Hilmar High notched its first Trans Valley League win Thursday night with a 62-57 victory over Riverbank High at home. The Lady Yellowjackets (13-3 overall, 1-2 TVL) struggled early with inaccurate shooting and a lack of offensive rebounds, but by the end of the first quarter they had beat the Bruins (11-5 overall, 1-2 TVL) back and taken the game's momentum with fast break layups and a peppering of perimeter shots.
Turlock High won its first Central California Conference dual meet of the season on Wednesday when Atwater High came into town and dropped all but one of the night's 14 matches. The Bulldogs (7-3 overall, 1-0 CCC) finished with 68 team points to Atwater's 3, a number boosted by seven pins, two technical falls, and a major decision.
Pitman High entered Friday's home game against Downey High with a team characterized by its youth. With only two returning starters from last year's squad and the bulk of its roster comprised of juniors, the Pride knew that the Knights, back-to-back winners of the Modesto Metro Conference title, would be a difficult challenge to overcome in their season opener.
Turlock High began the 2014 football season the way every team hopes to -with a win. The Bulldogs traveled to Modesto to face Enochs High and came home with a tight 25-20 victory.
Denair's volleyball team has been through a rough patch the last three years, but 2014 is a whole new season.
Ty Pettigrew's girls golf squad has won three of the last four Valley Foothill League titles, and the Hilmar Lady Yellowjackets are looking to make it four out of five after the 2014 year concludes.
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