The Turlock Bulldogs (6-1, 1-1 CCC) erased the memory of last week's gut wrenching last-second loss to Buhach Colony (7-0, 2-0 CCC) to earn their first Central California Conference victory in a 40-35 comeback road win over the Merced Bears (3-4, 1-1 CCC).
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.
After three years of getting dominated by Merced (10-2), the Pitman High (9-3) varsity softball team finally made history on Friday afternoon, topping the Bears at home, 3-2, and snapping an eight game losing streak that dated back to the 2012 season.
The Turlock Christian varsity softball team has now boasted back-to-back league wins after beating Stone Ridge Christian on Friday, 16-5.
The Turlock High (8-2) varsity baseball team has quietly yet steadily been creeping and stalling just behind or barely ahead of Pitman High for the top spot in the Central California Conference for most the year.
Friday marked the third time this season that both Delhi and Denair High met for one final showdown on the tennis courts as the battle for second place in the Southern Athletic League continued heading into the final two matches.
League championships for boys golf will be held on Monday for schools across the area. These tournaments are typically a place for teams to put in one final, solid performance in the hopes of qualifying for Divisionals as a team, but for Turlock and Hilmar High, its respective tournaments will instead be a formality as its boys have a ticket to Divisionals all but in the bag.
Alyssa Stockton has experienced her fair share of success during her 11 years in a softball uniform, but her biggest achievement was undoubtedly reached on Friday when she signed her letter of intent for California State University, Bakersfield where she will become one of the Roadrunners' pitchers.
The battle for first place in the Central California Conference varsity girls soccer standings is heating up.
Pitman High currently has 11 student-athletes competing at the collegiate level for track and field and after Tuesday, the list of Pride athletes participating in this sport grew with the addition of four more standouts.
Pitman and Turlock High met in the pool for a classic crosstown Central California Conference showdown on Friday, with the Pride starting strong and ending the day with wins for both the boys (109-60) and girls (106-64) teams.
With only five games left in the Central California Conference season, Pitman High softball is on a mission to dethrone two-time defending CCC champs Merced High. The Pride continued their hunt for the Bears' first place position on Friday with a 10-1 home win against rival Turlock High, extending their league record to 9-6 and closing Merced's lead by only two games.
The Pitman High Pride varsity baseball team is now 6-1 in the Central California Conference after beating Atwater, 2-1, on Friday afternoon thanks to Josh Hernandez's 6 and 2/3 innings pitched as he gave up only one run on four hits and walked two.
There is no stopping the Turlock High (7-0) Bulldogs varsity baseball team right now.
Hilmar High ace starting pitcher Jacob Ahid struck out 13 and allowed only one earned run in Friday's tournament finale against Mariposa and the Yellowjackets lost in a tight 0-1 decision, snapping a three game winning streak.
Pitman High's softball team is currently competing in the Northern California Classic Tournament in Tracy, and as of Friday, the Pride are a perfect 2-0 after sweeping through Santa Teresa and Los Banos in their opening games.
Turlock High softball started this season's Central California Conference campaign o the right foot, winning three of its first five league games after winning a total of only two league games last season. After back-to-back one-run wins against Merced and Buhach Colony High the Bulldogs hit a snag, however, as they skid into spring break with a pair of losses to Atwater and Golden Valley High.