Rain or shine, in league competition or in a clash of counties, Pitman High's track team, both boys and girls, are on a hot streak of success.
It was Pitman High girls soccer, the third ranked team in league, against the top seeded squad in Merced with the chance to make a statement to stay in the playoff hunt but the game transcended into what has been the story for the Pride all year long-missed opportunities.
With the weather not being a factor just yet, the Hilmar girls softball squad was able to pull off a two-run rally in the bottom of the seventh inning to beat Central Catholic 6-5 in a non-league game on Monday.
Out of 16 schools and over 80 golfers at Monday's Pitman Invitational, Hilmar High's Landon Azevedo was the best after finishing the day atop with a score of 73, five strokes ahead of second place Brandon Gordian of Buhach Colony.
Turlock rolled to a 2-0 victory, despite a lackluster performance on a cold, wet night at Joe Debely Stadium on Monday.
Less than one month after he capped his senior year at Turlock High with a 7th place finish at the State Tournament, Albino Orozco again found himself on the mat, only this time he was competing against the best wrestlers the nation, not just California, had to offer.
The Pitman and Turlock soccer teams finally met on the field Friday after Wednesday's game was postponed due to much-needed rain. The delay only increased the tension, as the rival Central California Conference teams battle for the full 80 minutes.
It was a matchup between top-tier and lower-tier Southern Athletic League teams Friday afternoon when 7th place Turlock Christian High hosted 2nd place Delhi High in a game that was originally scheduled to be played on Wednesday.
A late seventh inning rally from Atwater saw two runs scored to put the Falcons up by two against Pitman High as the defense kept cool in the next half inning and the game ended in a 5-3 home loss for the Pride.
Turlock and Pitman High softball teams marked the end of the first round of league play with an old fashioned rivalry game Tuesday afternoon. In the first cross-town matchup of the season, the Pride welcomed the Bulldogs to Arrowhead Field where the two waged a defensive battle for much of the game.
Rivalries, especially in high school sports, can be very competitive and come down to the wire and that's exactly what happened on the tennis court on Tuesday when Denair traveled to Delhi to take on the Hawks in a Southern Athletic League matchup.
Despite missing four starters due to injury or illness, Turlock High managed to hold off a pesky Buhach Colony High squad for a 1-0 victory on Monday to remain unbeaten at 4-0-1 in the Central California Conference.
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.
The Hilmar High Yellowjackets put up quite a fight on their home field Friday, but couldn't hold off the Sonora High offense, which scored the tie-breaking touchdown in the final seconds of an overtime game.
Clovis West High entered Joe Debely Stadium as if it were its home turf Friday night, showcasing a brand of confidence against underdog Turlock High that is typically reserved for champions.
Delhi senior Hayden Steger led the ground game for the Hawks after rushing for 110 yards and scoring two touchdowns in Friday's 41-0 win over Riverbank after controlling the pace from start to finish.
Denair High returns to winner's column
The Pitman Pride water polo teams gave Sonora High School a run for their money during a preseason matchup at Pitman High School's pool Tuesday afternoon with both varsity and junior varsity teams taking the win.
Turlock High's water polo program saw mixed results on Tuesday in the Bulldogs' preseason opener against Modesto High.
Four second half goals from the Delhi High soccer team proved to be enough against Hilmar in Monday's non-league contest as the Hawks trounced the Yellowjackets 4-2.
Hilmar High's golf team hosted its annual Yellowjacket Invitational Monday morning at the Stevinson Ranch Golf Club where the 'Jackets finished 6th in team rankings out of an 11-team field.
For the first time in school history, the Pitman High volleyball team won the Golden Valley tournament. The Pride continued their success on Monday after trouncing Oakdale in straight sets (25-9, 25-14, 25-15).
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