One minute and 65 yards-that's all that stood between Pitman High's defense and a chance to knock Merced High out of its first place position in the Central California Conference.
The Pride hosted visiting Central California Conference opponent Merced High on Tuesday in what began as a sluggish start for Pitman but was quickly fixed after a pep talk from head coach Kristen Pontes, as they won the next three sets en route to a 3-1 slam, (23-25, 25-9, 25-6 and 25-14).
Turlock High golf coach Mary Krupka admittedly had high hopes for her team when it competed in the 2013 Sac Joaquin Section Division I South Tournament at Turlock Country Club Monday.
The Central California Conference got a little shaken up on Monday after Turlock High's soccer squad was able to defeat second place Atwater in what was an impressive outing from the Bulldogs.
RIPON - Ripon Christian has finally met its match in the Southern League, and its impressive run of conference victories nearly met its end Monday night against Turlock Christian.
Everybody needs a vacation; some more than others.
Due to a fire alongside Highway 99 that slowed traffic to a crawl, it took Ripon Christian High's football team and its large contingent of fans an unusually long time to make the trek from Ripon to Delhi High School Friday night.
It looked to be another rugged week for the Pitman High football team after back-to-back losses to tough competition, but the team triumphed on Friday night as they took it to Atwater at home en route to a 35-14 win.
Hilmar's Jonathan O'Brien and Tyler Robinson shredded Ripon's much-ballyhooed defense, turning this battle of Trans-Valley titans into a laugher by the half.
The success of Hilmar High's spread offense has been tied to two of the Valley's top quarterbacks.
The Central California Conference has been a powerhouse on the soccer field all year, and on Saturday both Pitman and Turlock high were able to showcase their talent under the collegiate lights in a neutral site at Warrior Stadium on the campus of California State University, Stanislaus.
For the 10th consecutive season, the Turlock High girls golf team is the Central California Conference champion, after beating out Merced High by six strokes, 474 to 480, in the league tourney on Tuesday. Pitman High was able to top out in third place with a score of 509.
All it took was one score for the Delhi High soccer team to defeat Southern Athletic League foe, Mariposa, on Monday in what was a tough defensive battle between both squads.
Pitman High they hosted three-time defending Central California Conference champions Buhach Colony on Friday, in what turned out to be a disappointing league opener for the Pride.
The Pitman High volleyball team has now won six straight matches, in straight sets, after defeating their Central California Conference opponents, Buhach Colony on Thursday (25-16, 25-19, and 25-14).
Stanislaus County dominated Merced County on Friday at the County Clash track meet, with Pitman, Oakdale and Turlock High finishing first, second and third, respectively.
Not even a car crash could keep Brian Dudley and Andrew Knapp, Denair tennis' number one and two singles players, from seeking retribution against league juggernauts Ripon Christian on Friday. The two Coyote players were involved in a head-on collision on their way to the match, but still managed to make it to the courts where they won their matches in the 7-2 effort over the Knights.
Pitman High thoroughly beat Merced High on the baseball diamond Monday afternoon in the Pride's second Central California Conference game of the season. Four days removed from beating Golden Valley High 8-0, Pitman again pitched a shutout as they handed Merced its third consecutive loss by a score of 10-0.
Things have changed in the Central California Conference this year and this week marked the beginning of a three-game series, starting with game one at Turlock High as the Bulldogs hosted the Atwater Falcons.
The Central California Conference and the Modesto Metro Conference gathered together for Saturday's Nor Cal Relay at Johansen High with Turlock and Pitman owning the day on the pool.
It was a down game for the Hilmar varsity baseball team on Saturday afternoon when they hosted Sonora High.
The Hilmar High (6-3-1) girls varsity soccer team is only two wins away from tying last year's win total and league hasn't even started.
Four consecutive errors in the sixth inning gave the Hilmar High varsity softball team its second straight Trans Valley League loss on Friday afternoon as Riverbank played the spoilers in a 3-8 loss.
Denair High came close to earning its first win of the season this week in a two-game showdown with Le Grand High on Wednesday and Friday, but late-inning slumps in both games instead led to a pair of defeats and extended the Coyote's record to 0-8.
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