ATWATER - It didn't take long for the Buhach Colony High football team to set the tone in Friday night's league game against Pitman High, as running back Stetson Barton danced 80 yards down the right sideline to give his Thunder a touchdown on the very first play of the game.
There was no need for Elise Cusenza and her Turlock High girls tennis teammates to go into a jubilant celebration after beating crosstown rival Pitman High 9-0 on a hot Thursday afternoon.
Sure, the day was hot. But that didn't stop the players of the Pitman High and Turlock High girls golf teams from pulling off standout performances in the final Central California Conference match of the regular season on Thursday afternoon.
For 80 minutes, the Pitman High and Turlock High boys soccer teams showcased the true meaning of a crosstown rivalry at the Turlock Sports Complex on Tuesday afternoon.
With every win, the Pitman High football team is sending a message across the high school football community. The Pride stamped out one last week, when they stomped all over upstart Golden Valley High in Merced, an easy 34-3 win that changed the perspective of a Pitman team that began the season with a loss.
The Pitman Pride (5-1, 1-0 CCC) put up over 400 yards of offense and displayed a stout defense to win their Central California Conference opener 34-3 over the Golden Valley Cougars (4-2, 0-1 CCC) on Friday.
With his hands sliced up from a night's work of aggressive playmaking and his helmet off, Turlock High quarterback Kevin Kramer tried to explain the meaning of Friday night's 28-27 heartbreaker of a loss to Buhach Colony High. Just minutes earlier, he drove his team all the way from their own 32-yard line of Joe Debely Stadium before launching a long pass to receiver Tyler Cook, allowing the Bulldogs an opportunity to tie the game up.
Jorge Guzman's first-ever cross country race wasn't a pretty one. He committed the ultimate rookie mistake. "I ended up not drinking a lot of water that day," he said. That's equivalent to not applying sunscreen before hitting the beach or leaving your wallet behind at home before going to the supermarket.
Before this season, when the Pitman High and Turlock High cross country runners placed their feet near the starting line, they only had to worry about a few dozen competitors since the meets had usually no more than three teams.
At one point in the game, the Turlock High boys water polo team had every right to be nervous. For one thing, the Bulldogs were competing against their archrival, Pitman High, on Tuesday night in front of dozens of fans at the Steve Feaver Aquatic Center at the Turlock High campus.
Forty days ago, the Pitman High football team had a golden opportunity. The Pride were facing Modesto High, considered the top large-school at the time. This was a chance to make history, to become the first team to notch a victory at the newly renovated Joe Debely Stadium.
There are a few things the Turlock High girls water polo team can look forward to now that the Bulldogs are 5-0 in league action after marching past crosstown rival Pitman High 17-6 on Tuesday night at the Steve Feaver Aquatic Center on the Turlock High campus.
When the Pitman High volleyball team lost to Golden Valley High in the Central California Conference opener on Sept. 15, it wasn't necessarily a bad showing by the Pride. Consider this: They took the Cougars to five sets.
Turlock has owned the tennis courts for the past four years against Pitman High and the streak continued on Tuesday for the defending Central California Conference champions.
The streak continues for the Pitman High Pride who recorded their 22nd consecutive straight-set victory on Monday with a 25-17, 25-17, and 25-4 win over Turlock High. Now ranked 74th in the nation and 14th in the state of California, the Pride comfortably sit atop the Central California Conference standings while Turlock sits in second place.
For the second consecutive year, head coach Tom Tyler has led the Pitman Pride varsity football team to a 3-0 start to the season - last year the Pride managed a 4-0 start.
The Hilmar volleyball team is on a 12-game winning streak, and that success continued Monday with a 3-0 victory over the visiting Turlock Christian Eagles.
Turlock golf maintained its successful ways, as the Bulldogs won the Central California Conference Mid-Season Tournament last Thursday at Rancho del Rey.
Southern Athletic League rivals Delhi and Denair High opened league play Friday night with a slug fest that was reflective of the two teams' equal standing. Entering the game with identical 2-1 records, the Hawks (3-1 overall, 1-0 SAL) and Coyotes (2-2 overall, 0-1 SAL) took turns thrilling their crowds with big hits on defense and scrappy play on offense.
Turlock High battled till the end on Friday night, but finished its preseason league play with a 41-43 home loss to Tracy.
Q. You were a standout sophomore on the court for Hilmar volleyball. Have you made any changes to your game for your junior season?
Delhi High's volleyball team fell short against Le Grand High in the Hawks' second Southern League matchup of the season on Tuesday. The Lady Hawks tested the Bulldogs through four sets, but ultimately walked away from the court with a 3-1 loss (13-25, 25-14, 21-25, and 13-25).
The undefeated streak for the Pitman Pride's varsity volleyball team continues.
The Turlock Bulldogs beat out the Pitman Pride, 214-249, during the first girls golf rivalry match of the season on Tuesday at the Turlock Golf & Country Club.
Pitman High's Fernando Maldonado scored a hat trick, securing the Pride's roll over win against crosstown and Central California Conference rival Turlock, 5-0, in a matchup at Warrior Stadium on Saturday.
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