The Hilmar High Yellowjackets are undefeated, and in their mind underrated, as they prepare for the beginning of Trans Valley League play next week.
It was a thriller Thursday night-full moon and all-when the undefeated Turlock High Bulldogs hosted the Modesto High Panthers.
Local cross country runners got a taste of league competition on Wednesday, as the first Central California Conference meet was held at Atwater High.
Don't let the numbers fool you. Although Hilmar High has one of the smallest volleyball rosters in its league, it is a team to be reckoned with.
Hilmar High's boys soccer team has now won three straight games while racking up 20 goals in the process. Yellowjacket offense and defense have been in sync for head coach Louie Bettencourt, as they recently dominated league opponents Modesto Christian High, 12-1, on Wednesday.
Pitman High's boys soccer team is currently ranked sixth in the state, according to maxpreps.com, after handling Central California Conference rivals Golden Valley, 2-1, on Wednesday.
Pitman High's volleyball squad was tested once again after having two league matches in three days. After defeating the Merced High Bears, 3-1, on Tuesday, the Pride was back on the court on Wednesday - this time against the Golden Valley High.
Pitman High's volleyball team opened its Central California Conference play on Tuesday in victorious fashion, 3-1, against Merced High.
The Delhi boys' soccer team started its Southern Athletic League play right this week with a 3-2 victory at home against Le Grand.
Last soccer season, Turlock High claimed the Central California Conference crown while Buhach Colony High managed only one win in a league campaign that landed the Thunder last in CCC standings.
Coming off of last week's 24-21 victory thriller over Sonora High, the Bulldogs of Turlock picked up right where they left off taking down Enochs High, 27-8, on Friday.
It was a long, rough night for Chowchilla High on Friday when it traveled to Hilmar High to face off against the Yellowjackets. After driving roughly 40 miles to McSweeney Field, the Redskins were hard fought to cover any more ground against the 'Jackets' defense as they netted -2 yards of total offense and managed to convert one first down all game.
The Turlock High girls' water polo squad topped out in third place in the Central California Conference last season, despite numerous tight contests against league opponents, including a one-goal loss to second place Buhach Colony to end the regular season.
The Central California Conference has become one of the premier leagues for high school water polo in the area and the state. That competition was too much for Pitman and Turlock boys' water polo teams last year; but it's a new season and new teams.
Typically, football teams take the first few weeks of the season to find themselves-to fine tune fundamentals, build team chemistry, and cement a foundation for success during league play.
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.
Hilmar High's track team is, as it has been for some time, on the small side this year. Not physically, but in overall numbers. There are roughly 40 athletes filling the overall roster, most of whom are young, which has made the 2015 hunt for the Trans Valley League title a non-issue for the Yellowjackets.
Pitman sent eight athletes and Turlock High had six representatives competing alongside students from 75 high schools at the 40th annual Stanford Invitational on Saturday.
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