The sun was shining bright and early on Saturday, an added bonus to the local swimmers competing as part of the 12 school teams at the Nor Cal Relays at Johansen High. The bright outlook continued, at least for Pitman High, which ended the day on top in overall points.
Despite Turlock Christian's small tennis team, the Eagles still managed to come away with two wins against Delhi on Friday in five matches after forfeiting four for the day.
The Pitman Pride boys tennis team has gone through a few learning curves, but on Thursday they seemed nearly unstoppable after dominating Buhach Colony 9-0 at home.
Just before meeting up with Turlock High in that annual crosstown rival clash on the softball field, the Pitman Pride downed Golden Valley High 6-1 on Thursday.
After falling to Central California Conference foe Merced High on Wednesday, 3-2, the Turlock Bulldogs bounced right back on Friday as the picked up the win with the help of starting pitcher, sophomore Jon Temple.
Turlock Christian High continued its uphill battle against its Southern Athletic League opponents when the Eagles softball team hosted Mariposa County High on Friday. Though the Lady Eagles showed signs of improvement against Waterford High a week ago-losing by only three runs as opposed to double digits-they were ultimately unable to overcome the Grizzlies as they lost 13-1 in five innings.
Winds reached as high as 25 miles per hour on Monday as 17 local high schools gathered at Stevinson Ranch for the sixth annual Hilmar Golf Invitational.
The participants of the second annual County Clash Meet, between Stanislaus and Merced counties on March 29, were decided on Friday at the Stanislaus County Meet, which saw 60 local athletes make the top-eight cut of their respective events.
Pitman High football and wrestling standout Logan Wolfley added another accolade to his already impressive career on Thursday night.
Delhi High's softball team earned a much needed win over Southern Athletic League rival Denair High Friday afternoon to improve its league record to an even 1-1. Just two days after dropping a one-run loss to Mariposa High in the seventh inning, the Hawks beat back the Coyotes 7-2 to set up must-win matchup against Waterford High on Wednesday.
Turlock and Pitman baseball squads began Central California Conference play this week, with each facing their respective opponents as they began the quest to finish atop and perhaps capture a league title.
Turlock, Pitman, Turlock Christian and Hilmar High swimmers have been hitting the pools, some new and others returning, with high hopes of individual and team victories.
It was a rematch of rivals on Saturday during the championship game of the 30th annual Atch Pedretti Tournament. Around this time last year, Turlock and Pitman High clashed over the Pedretti championship for the first time in the tournament's history, with the Bulldogs emerging victorious by landslide victory.
Turlock and Pitman High will meet on the baseball field in a game to watch, before league play even starts after both squads notched back-to-back wins in this year's Pedretti Tournament earning a spot in the championship round.
Turlock's Albino Orozco (170 pounds) is the last man standing for area wrestlers in the CIF State Wrestling Championships at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield.
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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