MODESTO - In coach James Peterson's mind, perhaps as well as in the minds of hundreds of spectators on the visiting side of Downey High's Hughes Stadium, the game should've ended with Sean Downs' knee softly touching the turf field.
Soon after Friday night's game was over, the Pitman High football team, commanded by junior defender Nick Renteria, charged toward the crowded home side of Joe Debely Stadium.
For the Turlock High boys water polo team, one of the benefits of winning last weekend's Central Cal Tournament is that the Bulldogs got a glimpse of what's ahead in the Central California Conference.
The Hilmar High football team secured another statement win on Saturday afternoon, when the Yellowjackets emerged out of Castroville with a 33-6 nonconference victory over North Monterey County High.
The Turlock High boys water polo team concluded Friday's opening rounds of the Central Cal Tournament with a 3-0 record, and the Bulldogs credited their winnings to what happened a week ago.
So far, the Turlock High boys soccer team has proven it can repeat last season's success. Better yet, the Bulldogs might just surpass it.
It didn't take long for the Turlock High football players to get rid of the doubts and frustrations in their heads. They took that all out on Davis High last Friday night, when the Bulldogs controlled the nonconference game from the beginning.
By now, the volleyball teams have logged enough matches to have a good understanding of where they stand.
MODESTO - On opening night a few weeks ago, the Hilmar High football team committed a hard-to-forget blunder.
Perhaps the only major problems the Pitman High football team experienced in Thursday night's game against Gregori High were the warm weather and the fact that the Pride weren't playing on a Friday night, a time of the week high school players are groomed for.
The truth is, Turlock High is a considerable favorite to finish atop the Central California Conference girls tennis standings, thanks to the Bulldogs having won the past four titles and owning a 34-0 league record in the three previous seasons. Pitman, the crosstown rival, knows this.
Especially during the hot afternoons, being a water polo player seems like it's the life. While everyone else is sweating underneath their clothes during the final days of summer, water polo players are in the pool, swimming in nice cool water - sometimes for a long period of time.
In their late-game rally, the Turlock Christian Eagles scored two touchdowns in the final two quarters against Big Valley Christian High in last Friday's nonconference meeting in Modesto. But it was too late, since the Lions had already built a commanding lead en route to a 33-14 victory.
From the very start, the Pitman Pride were in firm control of a blowout, 40-7 win over Chavez High of Stockton Friday night.
A heroic 28-yard heave from sophomore quarterback Sean Downs to senior tight end Tyler Cook gave Turlock High's varsity football team a glimmer of hope in the third quarter, but Oakdale extinguished it with suffocating defense during a 33-7 Mustang victory at The Corral on Friday.
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.
The Central California Conference is known to be one of the most competitive leagues in the valley in nearly every sport-including softball.
Turlock and Pitman High kicked off track season on Friday by going the distance, joining 16 other high schools at Joe Debely Stadium for the Pitman Distance Wars. But while only a handful of each team's track competitors actually saw action on Friday, their respective rosters-sprinters, jumpers, and throwers-were in attendance to cheer their teammates on.
With preseason currently in play, the Southern Athletic League and Trans Valley League girls soccer teams prepare for another fresh season.
The California Interscholastic Federation State Wrestling Championships is two days away. After countless hours of practice and months of preparation-and in some cases years-seven local wrestlers are on the cusp of what will be the biggest stage of their wrestling careers. They're State bound.
The Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament, the final stop before every high school wrestler's apex dream-the State Tournament.
The Pitman High soccer tournament was supposed to be a launching point for the 2014 season, unfortunately, Mother Nature forced the tourney to get cancelled and sent most of the 36 scheduled teams back home.
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