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.
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.
Four more Pitman High athletes will soon be joining the collegiate ranks after signing letters of intent on Tuesday. Quentin Hernandez, Cristian Clementi, Gilbert Valadez and Angel Velasquez each put ink to paper in front of friends and family for their individual colleges as Hernandez signed on to play football for George Fox University in Oregon and Clementi, Valadez and Velasquez signed on to wrestle for Grand Canyon University in Arizona, Luther College in Iowa and Northern Illinois University, respectively.
Turlock High girls soccer owned the 2015 season as far as the Central California Conference was concerned, edging out Merced High in a tight race for first place en route to the Bulldogs' fourth consecutive league championship. That momentum was put to a halt immediately in the post season, however, when Turlock traveled to Bella Vista High on Tuesday for the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I Tournament.
Local golfers represented their schools well at CIF Sac-Joaquin Divisional Tournaments on Monday, with Turlock Christian placing third in the Division VI tournament and Turlock High taking fourth in Division I competition. Hilmar's Landon Azevedo, Turlock's Logan Adams and Turlock Christian High's Logun Lundquist will all advance to the Master's level after notching qualifying scores in their respective tournaments.
Monday marked the start of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs for local high school tennis teams that included Delhi, Denair, Pitman and Turlock High. All but Turlock fell in the opening round after the Bulldogs edged out the visiting Folsom Bulldogs, 6-3, on Tuesday in a comeback victory.
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?
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