Both Turlock and Pitman High's baseball programs have solidified themselves atop the Central California Conference, and this past week both squads proved why they are to be considered teams to be reckoned with.
The top two girls soccer teams in the Central California Conference in Turlock and Merced squared off on Monday in a much anticipated battle to see who would take the first place position heading into the final month of the season.
All of Pitman's five runs came in one inning and starting pitcher Alexis Mettler tossed a complete game, allowed only one earned run and struck out 11 en route to a 5-2 win over Central California Conference foe Atwater High on Friday.
It was Pitman High girls soccer, the third ranked team in league, against the top seeded squad in Merced with the chance to make a statement to stay in the playoff hunt but the game transcended into what has been the story for the Pride all year long-missed opportunities.
With the weather not being a factor just yet, the Hilmar girls softball squad was able to pull off a two-run rally in the bottom of the seventh inning to beat Central Catholic 6-5 in a non-league game on Monday.
Out of 16 schools and over 80 golfers at Monday's Pitman Invitational, Hilmar High's Landon Azevedo was the best after finishing the day atop with a score of 73, five strokes ahead of second place Brandon Gordian of Buhach Colony.
Less than one month after he capped his senior year at Turlock High with a 7th place finish at the State Tournament, Albino Orozco again found himself on the mat, only this time he was competing against the best wrestlers the nation, not just California, had to offer.
Pitman High track and field head coach Thad Moren said the Pride has had one goal in mind since finishing the last league meet in April. That goal was to put all the season's hard work into a top showing at last week's CIF Sac-Joaquin Division I Section finals.
Hilmar High walked out of the Trans Valley League track season and into the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV/V Championship Trials with four TVL champions - Dani Olson, Hudson Harris, Kenzye Spears and Angelique Souza.
Since claiming the Southern Athletic League championship in 2012 for the first time in program history, Delhi High's boys track team has struggled to add another league title year to its banner. The Hawks have been in the running the past two years, but ultimately fell just short, and it seemed that would again be the case in 2015.
The Pitman High Pride were coming off a clutch one-run victory over Gregori last week and looked to continue their playoff streak as they had their eyes set on the quarterfinal match on Monday against a familiar foe from the Modesto Metro Conference-Beyer High.