More than 700 wrestlers from 36 high schools flooded Pitman High on Saturday to compete in the 11th annual Rumble in the Jungle. For many, the tournament served as a tune-up for the fast approaching post-season, a chance for top-ranked wrestlers to square off against each other and get a feel for the elevated levels of competition they will soon face.
The Turlock Christian High boys basketball team (9-12, 4-5) went into Friday's Central California Athletic Alliance game with a goal: get one step closer to playoffs. A late push from the visiting Sierra Ridge Academy High (5-5) Rams, however, made the Eagles' road to the postseason that much harder.
Three days after five of its wrestlers placed in the top-six at Midcals, Pitman High was back on the mat for a Tuesday night dual with Central California Conference foe Buhach Colony High. The Thunder entered the dual with only one league loss, a one-point defeat at the hands of Golden Valley High, and an aim to blemish Pitman's perfect CCC record.
The Hilmar High boys varsity basketball team suffered a devastating loss in the closing seconds of Friday's matchup against Trans Valley League foe Escalon High.
Homecoming night didn't fare too well for the Turlock Christian High varsity boys basketball team on Saturday, as they fell to Big Valley Christian, 47-53.
The Turlock Christian High (14-7) girls basketball team is on a roll.
The Pitman High Pride began Friday's home matchup against Central California Conference and crosstown foe Turlock on a roll. That roll turned south, however, after the Pride lost their leading scorer in the second half.
One of Denair High School's best baseball players in the past decade will return this spring to take over as varsity coach.
In only their third game of league play, the Turlock High Bulldogs met the Buhach Colony Thunder at home on Friday night in a Central California Conference showdown that proved to be lopsided from the get-go.
Southern Athletic League play is in full swing for the varsity boys basketball teams and on Tuesday night, Delhi and Denair squared off for the second time this season.
Denair High bounced back from last week's fourth-quarter letdown against Le Grand High with its most dominant performance of the season on Monday. Hosting Delhi High, the Coyotes (6-7 overall; 2-2 SAL) controlled the court both offensively and took the win with a score of 72-44 - their highest output yet. Denair is now 2-2 in the Southern Athletic League and is set to face league frontrunner Gustine High on Tuesday.
League play has begun for local high school student-athletes but just before things start to really get going, one final showdown took place on Saturday at Buhach Colony's gym between the Modesto Metro Conference and the Central California Conference.
Hilmar High hosted its third annual Hilmar Lions Tournament on Saturday and welcomed five wrestling teams from the surrounding area to compete in the recently revamped tournament.
Turlock Christian High is new to the Central California Athletic Alliance, so this year's league campaign on the basketball court is being waged against unfamiliar opponents. Gone from the Southern Athletic League where its girls won league titles in four of the past five years, TC is looking at this season as a chance to establish itself as a team to be reckoned with in the CCAA.
Turlock High's girls basketball team has struggled through a string of injuries in 2015. With the loss of sophomore standout Shae Williams for the season due to an ACL tear and issues with sprained ankles and concussions with a couple other players, the Bulldogs found themselves pulling up reserves from the JV ranks last week just to be able to compete.
Most high school athletes hope to find a college willing to offer them an athletic scholarship, but very few are chosen-especially twice.
Hilmar High walked out of the Trans Valley League track season and into the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV/V Championship Trials with four TVL champions - Dani Olson, Hudson Harris, Kenzye Spears and Angelique Souza.
Since claiming the Southern Athletic League championship in 2012 for the first time in program history, Delhi High's boys track team has struggled to add another league title year to its banner. The Hawks have been in the running the past two years, but ultimately fell just short, and it seemed that would again be the case in 2015.
The members of the Pitman High softball team held their heads high on Monday afternoon.
The Pitman High Pride were coming off a clutch one-run victory over Gregori last week and looked to continue their playoff streak as they had their eyes set on the quarterfinal match on Monday against a familiar foe from the Modesto Metro Conference-Beyer High.
The Pitman High varsity softball team continues to thrive.
Playoffs, St. Mary's High and heart break. It's a familiar formula for Turlock High baseball.
The Turlock Christian High softball team was coming off not only their best postseason performance, but arguably the best season in nearly a decade after winning a playoff game by a margin of 12 runs. But on Thursday, the Eagles' hot bats ended.
In his first two at-bats, Pitman High baseball captain Matt Carrigg struck out twice before exceeding all expectations in his final plate appearance of the game.
Branson Garcia has spent a lot of time on basketball courts, practically growing up with a ball in his hands since the age of five. The game is a major passion for the Pitman High senior, so much so that it's hard for his family and friends to dissociate Garcia from basketball.
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