Everybody needs a vacation; some more than others.
Due to a fire alongside Highway 99 that slowed traffic to a crawl, it took Ripon Christian High's football team and its large contingent of fans an unusually long time to make the trek from Ripon to Delhi High School Friday night.
It looked to be another rugged week for the Pitman High football team after back-to-back losses to tough competition, but the team triumphed on Friday night as they took it to Atwater at home en route to a 35-14 win.
Hilmar's Jonathan O'Brien and Tyler Robinson shredded Ripon's much-ballyhooed defense, turning this battle of Trans-Valley titans into a laugher by the half.
The success of Hilmar High's spread offense has been tied to two of the Valley's top quarterbacks.
The Central California Conference has been a powerhouse on the soccer field all year, and on Saturday both Pitman and Turlock high were able to showcase their talent under the collegiate lights in a neutral site at Warrior Stadium on the campus of California State University, Stanislaus.
For the 10th consecutive season, the Turlock High girls golf team is the Central California Conference champion, after beating out Merced High by six strokes, 474 to 480, in the league tourney on Tuesday. Pitman High was able to top out in third place with a score of 509.
All it took was one score for the Delhi High soccer team to defeat Southern Athletic League foe, Mariposa, on Monday in what was a tough defensive battle between both squads.
Pitman High they hosted three-time defending Central California Conference champions Buhach Colony on Friday, in what turned out to be a disappointing league opener for the Pride.
The Pitman High volleyball team has now won six straight matches, in straight sets, after defeating their Central California Conference opponents, Buhach Colony on Thursday (25-16, 25-19, and 25-14).
Central California Conference runners converged on Donnelly Park Wednesday afternoon for the second CCC center meet of the season. After circling the park and covering three miles worth of ground, the boy Bulldogs emerged as the story of the day as they took second place in team standings with 59 collective points - a 64 point improvement from their last race where they finished fourth overall.
Turlock High's Jose Aguilera netted the first two goals and Mason Harp added the finisher in the second half of Wednesday's match en route to a 3-2 win over the Cougars from Golden Valley.
The Pitman High tennis squad faced off against Central California Conference opponents Merced High on Thursday at home in what was a critical league match. Unfortunately for the Pride, it was the Bears that emerged victorious in the 5-4 match.
For the second time this season, the Pitman High soccer team defeated Central California Conference opponent Golden Valley; this time at home, in shutout fashion.
The Turlock High Bulldogs prevailed by nine strokes, 231-240, over the Pride on Tuesday at the Turlock Golf and Country Club, in the teams' second Central California Conference matchup of the season.
Action at the Denair High basketball tournament resumed on Friday when two local teams in Turlock Christian and Delhi met on the court in the consolation bracket with both teams seeking a win after falling in the first round.
Denair High will be playing for third place in its Denair Holiday Classic today after dropping Friday's game against Millennium High, 52-62. The Coyotes (4-8) hit the court strong against the Falcons (6-0) in the first half, but a third quarter slump that saw Millennium nearly double Denair's offensive output dashed the Coyotes' hopes at a championship run in their home tournament.
The girls of Turlock Christian High (6-4) hosted the much improved Denair Coyotes (4-4) on Friday night in a critical showdown between the two local schools.
In a complete turnaround from last year's disappointing start, the Denair High boys basketball team cruised its way out of the opening round of their home tournament with a convincing 52-29 win over Tioga High on Thursday night.
The Turlock Christian Eagles did not start off the Denair High basketball tournament how they had hoped, but instead fell into the consolation bracket after dropping the first game to Hughson in the opening round on Thursday night, 50-73.
Delhi High's boys basketball team pulled double duty on Thursday. First they put their brains to the test for finals, then they kicked off the Denair Holiday Classic with a game against Linden High.
Denair High nearly upset Ripon High on the wrestling mat Wednesday night, out-pinning the Indians four to six, but 18 points from a trio of forfeits was too much for the Coyotes to overcome. With holes at the 106-pound, 160-pound and Heavyweight weight classes, Denair dropped its first dual meet of the season, 30-41.
The Pride of Pitman came into their second game of the 38th annual Frank Godinez tournament against Laguna Creek - which had to forfeit their first round game due to Thursday's storm -with hopes of turning things around after a crushing first round loss to Beyer High.
Another solid effort from Turlock High on the court has landed the Bulldogs in the finals of the Frank Godinez Boys Basketball Tournament for the third year in a row.
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