Hilmar High's defense continued its dominant performance on Friday, notching a fifth straight victory, this time in a Trans Valley League opener against Modesto Christian in a 30-0 shutout.
Delhi High stumbled and fell on the road Friday night when it took on Waterford High in the Southern League opener.
The Hilmar High volleyball squad dominated visiting Trans Valley League opponent Riverbank High in Thursday's home matchup, winning in straight sets.
There's no secret about it, Ripon Christian High is the powerhouse in Southern League volleyball. With three consecutive league championships and three consecutive undefeated seasons on their resume, the Knights' reputation has been just as much of a weapon as their skill on the court-and no one knows that better than Turlock Christian High.
The heavily favored Delhi High boys soccer team was held to a single goal against Denair High, who came out ready to play defensively in Monday's Southern Athletic League match.
Denair and Delhi High volleyball teams met for the first time this season in a Southern Athletic League match at the Hawks' home on Monday.
Pitman High dropped its first Central California Conference match Monday afternoon when it hosted the now league-leading Buhach Colony High. After earning 2-1 victories over both Merced and Golden Valley highs last week, the Pride (9-2-3 Overall, 2-1 CCC) were unable to fend off a three-goal, second half effort by the Thunder (11-1-1 Overall, 3-0 CCC) and lost 4-2.
The Turlock High Tennis team remains undefeated (4-0) after taking down the Merced High Bears in Tuesday's home match.
Turlock High took 1st place at the Central California Conference Mid-Season 18-hole tournament that was held at Pheasant Run in Chowchilla, as they shot 460 as a team, Merced placed second (461) and Pitman in third (493).
Turlock High volleyball hosted its first home match of the Central California Conference season Tuesday night when Golden Valley High rolled into town in an attempt to hand the Bulldogs their second league loss.
The Pitman Pride opened their homecoming night a little unsettled, but soon found their groove and overcame visiting Oakland Tech, 62-20.
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.
Denair High tennis head coach Bill Weber has his sights set on a long and prosperous future the Coyote program and he is off to a good start. After Friday's Southern Athletic League tournament, Denair can boast two league winners in the mixed doubles and the boys singles brackets.
Turlock High won the final game of its three-game series with rival Pitman High Friday afternoon, beating the Pride 8-3 after falling 0-7 on Tuesday and 5-6 on Thursday. But while Pitman walked away from Turlock's home field in the loser's column on Friday, its boys exited the week as winners, at least partially, of the Central California Conference with only one win needed to claim the outright championship.
A local face will be taking over the Denair High School football head coaching duties.
Hilmar High's Jacob Ahid has been a small-town, valley boy all his life. He's developed as a baseball player from child to adolescent, but for the next step in his baseball career Ahid will be leaving Hilmar and heading to Seaside where he will become the newest addition to California State University, Monterey Bay.
The Hilmar High boys varsity golf team failed to pick up a Trans Valley League championship this past Monday at La Contenta Golf Course.
Pitman, which has been neck and neck with Merced all season long, placed second for both the girls and boys in the Central California Conference Championship meet that took place at Golden Valley High on Saturday to finish just behind Merced in the CCC.
Turlock High's Ryan Asai went into Tuesday's Central California Conference singles tournament with high hopes. The Bulldog boasted an undefeated record heading into the tournament, but met his match in Merced's Juan Ciudad in the semifinal round.
The Turlock High boys varsity golf team has won its fourth Central California Conference tournament in the last five years after edging out Pitman and Buhach on Monday at the Merced Country Club.
It was a defensive deadlock for the majority of Tuesday's cross-town showdown between Turlock and Pitman High. After four innings of solid pitching from the Bulldogs' Nick Avila and Pride's Nick Jones, the scoreboard read 0-0 and everyone was left questioning, who would falter first?
After three years of getting dominated by Merced (10-2), the Pitman High (9-3) varsity softball team finally made history on Friday afternoon, topping the Bears at home, 3-2, and snapping an eight game losing streak that dated back to the 2012 season.
The Turlock Christian varsity softball team has now boasted back-to-back league wins after beating Stone Ridge Christian on Friday, 16-5.
The Turlock High (8-2) varsity baseball team has quietly yet steadily been creeping and stalling just behind or barely ahead of Pitman High for the top spot in the Central California Conference for most the year.
Friday marked the third time this season that both Delhi and Denair High met for one final showdown on the tennis courts as the battle for second place in the Southern Athletic League continued heading into the final two matches.
League championships for boys golf will be held on Monday for schools across the area. These tournaments are typically a place for teams to put in one final, solid performance in the hopes of qualifying for Divisionals as a team, but for Turlock and Hilmar High, its respective tournaments will instead be a formality as its boys have a ticket to Divisionals all but in the bag.
Alyssa Stockton has experienced her fair share of success during her 11 years in a softball uniform, but her biggest achievement was undoubtedly reached on Friday when she signed her letter of intent for California State University, Bakersfield where she will become one of the Roadrunners' pitchers.
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