It was a close match between Turlock and Pitman High when the Lady Bulldogs and Pride met in the Steve Feaver Aquatic Center on Tuesday, or in the words of Turlock Head Coach Sonja Raynes, "It was a barn burner."
It was a game to remember between Turlock and Pitman High's boys water polo teams on Tuesday. The Pride (0-5 CCC) opened the first half with a surprisingly dominant performance against Turlock but the second half, and the match, ultimately belonged to the Bulldogs (2-3 CCC) as they rode an offensive wave to a 12-8 victory.
Turlock's volleyball team finally made its way into the winner's bracket last week against Buhach Colony High and for a moment it looked like the Bulldogs would repeat their success on Tuesday against Atwater High.
Turlock earned some retribution on Tuesday, beating the Merced High team that spoiled their potentially undefeated season earlier in the year 215-235.
Schools often schedule weak opponents for homecoming, but Hilmar High opted for a different route, welcoming a challenge in the undefeated Orestimba High Warriors on Friday. Anxiety was in the air for all four quarters as Hilmar and Orestimba put on a show for the fans at McSweeney field, trading hard shots and touchdowns.
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.
Turlock has owned the tennis courts for the past four years against Pitman High and the streak continued on Tuesday for the defending Central California Conference champions.
The streak continues for the Pitman High Pride who recorded their 22nd consecutive straight-set victory on Monday with a 25-17, 25-17, and 25-4 win over Turlock High. Now ranked 74th in the nation and 14th in the state of California, the Pride comfortably sit atop the Central California Conference standings while Turlock sits in second place.
For the second consecutive year, head coach Tom Tyler has led the Pitman Pride varsity football team to a 3-0 start to the season - last year the Pride managed a 4-0 start.
The Hilmar volleyball team is on a 12-game winning streak, and that success continued Monday with a 3-0 victory over the visiting Turlock Christian Eagles.
Turlock golf maintained its successful ways, as the Bulldogs won the Central California Conference Mid-Season Tournament last Thursday at Rancho del Rey.
Southern Athletic League rivals Delhi and Denair High opened league play Friday night with a slug fest that was reflective of the two teams' equal standing. Entering the game with identical 2-1 records, the Hawks (3-1 overall, 1-0 SAL) and Coyotes (2-2 overall, 0-1 SAL) took turns thrilling their crowds with big hits on defense and scrappy play on offense.
Turlock High battled till the end on Friday night, but finished its preseason league play with a 41-43 home loss to Tracy.
Q. You were a standout sophomore on the court for Hilmar volleyball. Have you made any changes to your game for your junior season?
Delhi High's volleyball team fell short against Le Grand High in the Hawks' second Southern League matchup of the season on Tuesday. The Lady Hawks tested the Bulldogs through four sets, but ultimately walked away from the court with a 3-1 loss (13-25, 25-14, 21-25, and 13-25).
The undefeated streak for the Pitman Pride's varsity volleyball team continues.
The Turlock Bulldogs beat out the Pitman Pride, 214-249, during the first girls golf rivalry match of the season on Tuesday at the Turlock Golf & Country Club.
Pitman High's Fernando Maldonado scored a hat trick, securing the Pride's roll over win against crosstown and Central California Conference rival Turlock, 5-0, in a matchup at Warrior Stadium on Saturday.
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