The Hilmar High Yellowjackets are now 5-0 in the Trans Valley League after taking down league rivals-Escalon High at home in Thursday's TVL matchup 3-1.
Pitman High is in prime position in the Central California Conference after Monday night's 2-0 defeat of rival Turlock High. But while the Pride (4-1 CCC) are currently brimming with confidence as they sit in first place -tied with Buhach Colony High-they are being careful not to let that confidence spill over as memories of last season's initial success and subsequent fall are still fresh in the mind.
The first round of the Central California Conference volleyball season is over and Pitman High is once again atop the standings with an undefeated record. The Pride (5-0 CCC) completed the first third of league play with a straight set victory (25-14, 25-21, 25-17) over rival Turlock High Tuesday night-though the Bulldogs didn't quite take the loss lying down.
The Turlock and Pitman High tennis teams squared off on Tuesday for a classic Central California Conference matchup as the 'Dogs swept the singles matches 6-0. However, the Pride were able to dominate the doubles, winning two of the three matches in straight sets 3-0.
In their first Trans Valley League meeting this season, the Hilmar High boys' soccer team was able to dominate their rivals, Escalon High, in a 3-0 shutout.
The Turlock High Bulldogs lost for the first time in five games this year as they visited West Valley High on Friday.
Hilmar High's defense continued its dominant performance on Friday, notching a fifth straight victory, this time in a Trans Valley League opener against Modesto Christian in a 30-0 shutout.
Delhi High stumbled and fell on the road Friday night when it took on Waterford High in the Southern League opener.
The Hilmar High volleyball squad dominated visiting Trans Valley League opponent Riverbank High in Thursday's home matchup, winning in straight sets.
There's no secret about it, Ripon Christian High is the powerhouse in Southern League volleyball. With three consecutive league championships and three consecutive undefeated seasons on their resume, the Knights' reputation has been just as much of a weapon as their skill on the court-and no one knows that better than Turlock Christian High.
The heavily favored Delhi High boys soccer team was held to a single goal against Denair High, who came out ready to play defensively in Monday's Southern Athletic League match.
Denair and Delhi High volleyball teams met for the first time this season in a Southern Athletic League match at the Hawks' home on Monday.
Pitman High dropped its first Central California Conference match Monday afternoon when it hosted the now league-leading Buhach Colony High. After earning 2-1 victories over both Merced and Golden Valley highs last week, the Pride (9-2-3 Overall, 2-1 CCC) were unable to fend off a three-goal, second half effort by the Thunder (11-1-1 Overall, 3-0 CCC) and lost 4-2.
The Turlock High Tennis team remains undefeated (4-0) after taking down the Merced High Bears in Tuesday's home match.
Turlock High took 1st place at the Central California Conference Mid-Season 18-hole tournament that was held at Pheasant Run in Chowchilla, as they shot 460 as a team, Merced placed second (461) and Pitman in third (493).
Denair High tennis head coach Bill Weber has his sights set on a long and prosperous future the Coyote program and he is off to a good start. After Friday's Southern Athletic League tournament, Denair can boast two league winners in the mixed doubles and the boys singles brackets.
Turlock High won the final game of its three-game series with rival Pitman High Friday afternoon, beating the Pride 8-3 after falling 0-7 on Tuesday and 5-6 on Thursday. But while Pitman walked away from Turlock's home field in the loser's column on Friday, its boys exited the week as winners, at least partially, of the Central California Conference with only one win needed to claim the outright championship.
A local face will be taking over the Denair High School football head coaching duties.
Hilmar High's Jacob Ahid has been a small-town, valley boy all his life. He's developed as a baseball player from child to adolescent, but for the next step in his baseball career Ahid will be leaving Hilmar and heading to Seaside where he will become the newest addition to California State University, Monterey Bay.
The Hilmar High boys varsity golf team failed to pick up a Trans Valley League championship this past Monday at La Contenta Golf Course.
Pitman, which has been neck and neck with Merced all season long, placed second for both the girls and boys in the Central California Conference Championship meet that took place at Golden Valley High on Saturday to finish just behind Merced in the CCC.
Turlock High's Ryan Asai went into Tuesday's Central California Conference singles tournament with high hopes. The Bulldog boasted an undefeated record heading into the tournament, but met his match in Merced's Juan Ciudad in the semifinal round.
The Turlock High boys varsity golf team has won its fourth Central California Conference tournament in the last five years after edging out Pitman and Buhach on Monday at the Merced Country Club.
It was a defensive deadlock for the majority of Tuesday's cross-town showdown between Turlock and Pitman High. After four innings of solid pitching from the Bulldogs' Nick Avila and Pride's Nick Jones, the scoreboard read 0-0 and everyone was left questioning, who would falter first?
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