Hilmar High (5-3) went through a rough patch at the Pacific Grove tournament this past weekend, dropping back-to-back games, but the Yellowjackets moved past the minor slump with a big preseason win on Tuesday.
Alec Cano of Hilmar (4-1) scored a game-high 17 points in Tuesday's preseason meeting with Denair High (3-3) and the Yellowjackets swarmed to a 50-23 win at home to secure their fourth straight pre-league win.
Hilmar wrestling incoming coach Steve Vieira has been a longtime friend of last year's head varsity wrestling coach Bruce Scott, and is familiar with the area. Living just five minutes outside of Hilmar High School, Vieira, a Hughson alumnus and recent wrestling coach for the Huskies, decided to apply for the vacant head coaching position and the rest is history.
The rematch was set from last year's NorCal title match between Pitman and Menlo-Atherton High but this time it was in the semifinal round, and unfortunately for the Pride the outcome was reversed when they hosted the Bears on Saturday.
It just wasn't Hilmar's (9-4) night this past Saturday in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-VI title game when they took on the No. 2 seed Bradshaw Christian (11-2) High at Alex G. Spanos Stadium at Lincoln High of Stockton.