RIPON - The Southern League girls basketball title is likely to be shared by its two parochial schools for a second straight season.
It was all about control for Pitman High Thursday night when Atwater High rolled into town.
It was the final dual meet of the season Wednesday night and fans from both Turlock and Pitman High sat in the stands of Turlock's girls gym, giddy with anticipation and ready to watch the cross-town rivals compete on the mat. For a few Bulldog seniors it would be their last chance to wrestle in front of a home crowd-but some never got the chance.
Normally Pitman High's aim is a top tier finish at its annual home tournament, the Rumble in the Jungle, but with eight wrestlers sidelined due to match count the Pride hit the mat on Saturday with their sights set on individual success.
It was the matchup of the season Friday night.
It happens nearly every time they step on the same court.
Turlock High wrestling improved to 3-0 in the Central California Conference this week with dual wins over Merced High in Tuesday and Buhach Colony High on Wednesday. The Bulldogs defeated the Bears by winning 10 of the night's 14 matches and put down the Thunder by winning 12 of 15 matches.
Brandon Harris is a Pitman High original.
Pitman High opened Tuesday's game against rival Turlock High with a Britney Leon trey- an early sign of things to come.
Denair High's girls led Southern Athletic League rival Delhi High for the entire first half of Thursday's basketball game, but with one quarter left to play the situation seemed dire for the Coyotes. After struggling to contain Denair's offense, the Hawks closed the gap on the Coyotes and pulled away with a 13 point lead.
ESCALON - A 15-point Hilmar High deficit at the half suddenly expanded in the midst of a 21-8 third quarter run for Escalon's varsity boys basketball team as abysmal scoring plagued the Yellowjackets throughout a 56-33 Trans Valley League defeat on Tuesday.
It was more than just another basketball game Monday night when Turlock Christian High hosted its arch rival Ripon Christian High. The less than spacious Calvary Baptist Gym was packed to the gills as both Eagles (14-3 overall, 4-0 SAL) and Knights (9-6 overall, 3-1 SAL) supporters watched from the bleachers, hallways, and even the floor as the defending Southern Athletic League Co-Champions had it out.
While one former Turlock quarterback wowed the nation in San Francisco on Saturday, another was on the other side of the country doing his best to put in an impressive performance of his own and turn the heads of some college coaches.
Hilmar High notched its first Trans Valley League win Thursday night with a 62-57 victory over Riverbank High at home. The Lady Yellowjackets (13-3 overall, 1-2 TVL) struggled early with inaccurate shooting and a lack of offensive rebounds, but by the end of the first quarter they had beat the Bruins (11-5 overall, 1-2 TVL) back and taken the game's momentum with fast break layups and a peppering of perimeter shots.
Turlock High won its first Central California Conference dual meet of the season on Wednesday when Atwater High came into town and dropped all but one of the night's 14 matches. The Bulldogs (7-3 overall, 1-0 CCC) finished with 68 team points to Atwater's 3, a number boosted by seven pins, two technical falls, and a major decision.
The Denair Coyotes held down their home turf at Jack W. Lytton Stadium Friday night when they defeated the visiting Argonaut High Mustangs, 18-14, in an all-out defensive battle.
Hilmar High remains winless at home after Fresno High spoiled the Yellowjackets' homecoming celebrations with a 24-21 victory at McSweeney Field Friday night.
The Turlock High varsity football team, fresh off a 27-21 upset victory over Clovis West last week, was looking to start a winning streak heading into week five action. But things didn't end well on Friday for the Bulldogs, who lost to Modesto High, 33-28, at Downey High's field.
Q. How is this year's team different than last year's?
Everything went the Hawks' way in Delhi's league opener against Southern Athletic League rivals Denair High Tuesday, with the end result a 6-1 win.
Turlock tennis head coach Linda Bejaran said the girls were a bit nervous going into their opening league game on Tuesday, but it wasn't apparent as most of her players finished with confidence - and a 7-2 victory over a visiting Atwater team.
Pitman soccer began its Central California Conference play with a 3-2 win over Golden Valley after traveling to Merced to square off against the Cougars.
Turlock High's volleyball team bounced back from last week's straight-set loss to Hilmar High with a straight-set victory of its own in Monday's Central California Conference home opener against Golden Valley High.
The Pride volleyball team continues to roll over their opponents after trouncing the Falcons of Atwater (25-20, 25-10 and 25-19) in Monday's Central California Conference opener.
The Hilmar High Yellowjackets put up quite a fight on their home field Friday, but couldn't hold off the Sonora High offense, which scored the tie-breaking touchdown in the final seconds of an overtime game.
Clovis West High entered Joe Debely Stadium as if it were its home turf Friday night, showcasing a brand of confidence against underdog Turlock High that is typically reserved for champions.
Delhi senior Hayden Steger led the ground game for the Hawks after rushing for 110 yards and scoring two touchdowns in Friday's 41-0 win over Riverbank after controlling the pace from start to finish.
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