The Denair High football team (0-5) stepped on to the field in hopes of ending their losing streak and picking up their first win of the season as they took on the Knights of Ripon Christian (4-1) Friday night.
Success has eluded Denair and Turlock Christian High on the soccer field this September but Thursday's matchup between the rival, winless schools would change that, as one team was guaranteed to leave with a coveted first league win.
Denair High has had a hard time finding success on the court this season. In the first four Southern Athletic League matches the Coyotes' (0-5 SAL) have only managed to win a total of three sets, creating a need for a confidence boost amongst the team. Similarly, Turlock Christian has also had a rough start to the season, dropping three of its first four matches in straight sets. Needless to say the Eagles (2-3) were also searching for much-needed confidence prior to Wednesday's matchup with Denair.
Sometimes athletic contests are won before they begin; such seemed to be the case when Turlock and Pitman High met on the volleyball court on Tuesday. Three days removed from a championship finish at the Oakdale Tournament, the Pride (4-0 CCC) wore a look of cool confidence on their faces. Across the court, the Bulldogs (0-4 CCC) seemed anxious, weighted with the pressure to overcome the best team in the Central California Conference and save their season.
Turlock High's girls tennis team continued its dominance of the Central California Conference on Tuesday, defeating Pitman High 7-2.
Pitman High remains unbeaten in the Central California Conference after Tuesday's defeat of rival Turlock High, 2-1.
For the second week in a row Pitman High's offense produced a season high scoring effort as they defeated Franklin High of Stockton 62-16. The Pride racked up 497 total yards of offense and spread the ball around to nearly every running back on the roster in their homecoming victory.
It was payback time for Pitman High on Thursday when the Pride hosted Atwater High's volleyball team. The Falcons had defeated Pitman at the Golden Valley Tournament a couple weeks ago and head coach Kristen Pontes and her girls wanted to show Atwater it was a fluke; that they were the better team.
Atwater's girls tennis team was no match for Turlock High on Thursday. The Falcons fell 8-1 with their only win coming by way of their number three doubles team as the Bulldogs (4-0 CCC) remained undefeated on the season.
Turlock and Pitman High met at the Stevinson Ranch Golf Club on Wednesday in the first athletic matchup between the rival schools this fall, but you wouldn't necessarily know that from watching the girls on the course. Although the Bulldogs and Pride have developed a tradition of heated competition on the basketball court and football field, the golf course has proved to be cordial ground between former elementary and middle school classmates who focus more on the game rather than cross-town tension.
It is safe to say that Delhi (1-3) has been struggling on the football field these past few weeks. The Hawks continued their losing streak as they fell to Waterford (3-1) 61-20 Friday night.
Denair High spent the majority of Monday afternoon chasing the soccer ball - and their Delhi High opponents - as the Hawks controlled the field of play and the match's tempo. The Hawks (3-0) traveled to the Coyote's stomping grounds in search of their third Southern Athletic League victory and it didn't take long to forge that goal into reality.
It was an exciting match between Delhi High and Denair High to begin the 2012 Southern Athletic League volleyball season on Monday. The Coyotes hosted the Hawks in what was sure to be an interesting matchup, but few could have foreseen the back and forth, five set competition that unfolded. In the end four points separated the winner from the loser as Delhi snatched a 3-2 (25-19, 26-28, 25-21, 24-26, 15-11) victory form Denair.
Hilmar High is still trying to put the pieces together in the Trans Valley League. The Yellowjackets' personnel woes led to a 1-7 loss to Riverbank High on Monday, continuing their trend of ineffective defense.
Turlock High earned its first league win of the season on Monday, defeating Golden Valley High 3-0.
Delhi High has a new volleyball coach for the 2014 season. Valley local, Lauren Ruell, who graduated from Buhach Colony in 2005 and then went on to play volleyball at Merced Junior College, is the Hawks' new head coach.
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