Hilmar High's volleyball squad left no doubt on anybody's mind as to their abilities on Thursday, as the Yellowjackets were able to capture a win in the second round of the CIF SJS Division-IV playoffs over last year's section champs, Ripon Christian.
The 2013 prep football season is over for Pitman High (Div. I) and Delhi High (Div. V) after both teams fell short in their respective first round, post-season games against Franklin High of Elk Grove and Golden Sierra High Friday night.
Gavin Gaffaney became the third Bulldog this week to sign a letter of intent to play baseball at the next level when he agreed to join California State University, Stanislaus at the conclusion of his high school career.
Hilmar volleyball came into Tuesday's CIF SJS Division-IV playoffs confident. The Yellowjackets had won 22 of their last 24 games, 14 of which came in straight sets. After their defeat of the visiting Summerville Bears, the 'Jackets have another straight set victory under their belts.
Pitman High has been a volleyball power house for the past few years with three consecutive Central California Conference championships and back-to-back undefeated seasons in league. But last year the Pride were dealt a devastating blow in the first round of playoffs when Bella Vista High beat them at home in straight sets.
One Pride runner and two Bulldogs will move on to Sections, after each individual runner had a good showing at the Sac-Joaquin Sub Section cross country meet last weekend at Angels Camp.
Two points. That was the difference between victory and defeat Friday night when Turlock High hosted rival Pitman High in the 10th annual Harvest Bowl.
The Hilmar High Yellowjackets football squad finished the 2013 regular season with a perfect 10-0 record for the first time since 2004.
The Turlock High girls cross country team ended its 2013 season with a first place finish in the Central California Conference championships at Applegate Park.
A visiting Franklin High soccer team gave the Pitman Pride all they could handle in Tuesday's CIF Sac-Joaquin Section first round playoff game - in the first half. The Pride weren't down for the count, however, as they pulled off an incredible second half run, and eventual 2-1 victory.
For the third straight year, the Pitman High volleyball squad is the Central California Conference champions, this after defeating Turlock High on Tuesday's Senior Night in a regular season finale at home, (25-9, 25-7 and 25-4).
Turlock High, the top seeded Central California Conference girls tennis team, dropped its first Division I Sac-Joaquin Section team playoff match to St. Francis High at home Tuesday afternoon. The Bulldogs managed only one match victory,1-8, against a Troubadours team with talent to spare.
The Harvest Bowl – a game defined by rivalry.
It seems like a lifetime ago that Turlock was a one high school town. In reality it's been a mere 12 years since the opening of Pitman High School - and only a decade of that most exhilarating of high school football games, the crosstown rivalry known as the Harvest Bowl.
In a must-win game for Pitman High's football team, the Pride outperformed Golden Valley in their semi-final Central California Conference contest on Senior Night.
In a complete turnaround from last year's disappointing start, the Denair High boys basketball team cruised its way out of the opening round of their home tournament with a convincing 52-29 win over Tioga High on Thursday night.
The Turlock Christian Eagles did not start off the Denair High basketball tournament how they had hoped, but instead fell into the consolation bracket after dropping the first game to Hughson in the opening round on Thursday night, 50-73.
Delhi High's boys basketball team pulled double duty on Thursday. First they put their brains to the test for finals, then they kicked off the Denair Holiday Classic with a game against Linden High.
Denair High nearly upset Ripon High on the wrestling mat Wednesday night, out-pinning the Indians four to six, but 18 points from a trio of forfeits was too much for the Coyotes to overcome. With holes at the 106-pound, 160-pound and Heavyweight weight classes, Denair dropped its first dual meet of the season, 30-41.
The Pride of Pitman came into their second game of the 38th annual Frank Godinez tournament against Laguna Creek - which had to forfeit their first round game due to Thursday's storm -with hopes of turning things around after a crushing first round loss to Beyer High.
Another solid effort from Turlock High on the court has landed the Bulldogs in the finals of the Frank Godinez Boys Basketball Tournament for the third year in a row.
Things are finally shaping up for Denair High boys basketball coach RJ Henderson, with the help of assistant head coach Garett Elliott and the commitment from this year's team.
With football being such a rich and successful tradition at Hilmar High, it seems like the basketball program takes the back seat - especially after coming away with only one winning season since 2007.
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