Turlock earned some retribution on Tuesday, beating the Merced High team that spoiled their potentially undefeated season earlier in the year 215-235.
Schools often schedule weak opponents for homecoming, but Hilmar High opted for a different route, welcoming a challenge in the undefeated Orestimba High Warriors on Friday. Anxiety was in the air for all four quarters as Hilmar and Orestimba put on a show for the fans at McSweeney field, trading hard shots and touchdowns.
The Denair High football team (0-5) stepped on to the field in hopes of ending their losing streak and picking up their first win of the season as they took on the Knights of Ripon Christian (4-1) Friday night.
Success has eluded Denair and Turlock Christian High on the soccer field this September but Thursday's matchup between the rival, winless schools would change that, as one team was guaranteed to leave with a coveted first league win.
Denair High has had a hard time finding success on the court this season. In the first four Southern Athletic League matches the Coyotes' (0-5 SAL) have only managed to win a total of three sets, creating a need for a confidence boost amongst the team. Similarly, Turlock Christian has also had a rough start to the season, dropping three of its first four matches in straight sets. Needless to say the Eagles (2-3) were also searching for much-needed confidence prior to Wednesday's matchup with Denair.
Sometimes athletic contests are won before they begin; such seemed to be the case when Turlock and Pitman High met on the volleyball court on Tuesday. Three days removed from a championship finish at the Oakdale Tournament, the Pride (4-0 CCC) wore a look of cool confidence on their faces. Across the court, the Bulldogs (0-4 CCC) seemed anxious, weighted with the pressure to overcome the best team in the Central California Conference and save their season.
Turlock High's girls tennis team continued its dominance of the Central California Conference on Tuesday, defeating Pitman High 7-2.
Pitman High remains unbeaten in the Central California Conference after Tuesday's defeat of rival Turlock High, 2-1.
For the second week in a row Pitman High's offense produced a season high scoring effort as they defeated Franklin High of Stockton 62-16. The Pride racked up 497 total yards of offense and spread the ball around to nearly every running back on the roster in their homecoming victory.
It was payback time for Pitman High on Thursday when the Pride hosted Atwater High's volleyball team. The Falcons had defeated Pitman at the Golden Valley Tournament a couple weeks ago and head coach Kristen Pontes and her girls wanted to show Atwater it was a fluke; that they were the better team.
Atwater's girls tennis team was no match for Turlock High on Thursday. The Falcons fell 8-1 with their only win coming by way of their number three doubles team as the Bulldogs (4-0 CCC) remained undefeated on the season.
Turlock and Pitman High met at the Stevinson Ranch Golf Club on Wednesday in the first athletic matchup between the rival schools this fall, but you wouldn't necessarily know that from watching the girls on the course. Although the Bulldogs and Pride have developed a tradition of heated competition on the basketball court and football field, the golf course has proved to be cordial ground between former elementary and middle school classmates who focus more on the game rather than cross-town tension.
It is safe to say that Delhi (1-3) has been struggling on the football field these past few weeks. The Hawks continued their losing streak as they fell to Waterford (3-1) 61-20 Friday night.
Denair High spent the majority of Monday afternoon chasing the soccer ball - and their Delhi High opponents - as the Hawks controlled the field of play and the match's tempo. The Hawks (3-0) traveled to the Coyote's stomping grounds in search of their third Southern Athletic League victory and it didn't take long to forge that goal into reality.
It was an exciting match between Delhi High and Denair High to begin the 2012 Southern Athletic League volleyball season on Monday. The Coyotes hosted the Hawks in what was sure to be an interesting matchup, but few could have foreseen the back and forth, five set competition that unfolded. In the end four points separated the winner from the loser as Delhi snatched a 3-2 (25-19, 26-28, 25-21, 24-26, 15-11) victory form Denair.
Denair High tennis head coach Bill Weber has his sights set on a long and prosperous future the Coyote program and he is off to a good start. After Friday's Southern Athletic League tournament, Denair can boast two league winners in the mixed doubles and the boys singles brackets.
Turlock High won the final game of its three-game series with rival Pitman High Friday afternoon, beating the Pride 8-3 after falling 0-7 on Tuesday and 5-6 on Thursday. But while Pitman walked away from Turlock's home field in the loser's column on Friday, its boys exited the week as winners, at least partially, of the Central California Conference with only one win needed to claim the outright championship.
A local face will be taking over the Denair High School football head coaching duties.
Hilmar High's Jacob Ahid has been a small-town, valley boy all his life. He's developed as a baseball player from child to adolescent, but for the next step in his baseball career Ahid will be leaving Hilmar and heading to Seaside where he will become the newest addition to California State University, Monterey Bay.
The Hilmar High boys varsity golf team failed to pick up a Trans Valley League championship this past Monday at La Contenta Golf Course.
Pitman, which has been neck and neck with Merced all season long, placed second for both the girls and boys in the Central California Conference Championship meet that took place at Golden Valley High on Saturday to finish just behind Merced in the CCC.
Turlock High's Ryan Asai went into Tuesday's Central California Conference singles tournament with high hopes. The Bulldog boasted an undefeated record heading into the tournament, but met his match in Merced's Juan Ciudad in the semifinal round.
The Turlock High boys varsity golf team has won its fourth Central California Conference tournament in the last five years after edging out Pitman and Buhach on Monday at the Merced Country Club.
It was a defensive deadlock for the majority of Tuesday's cross-town showdown between Turlock and Pitman High. After four innings of solid pitching from the Bulldogs' Nick Avila and Pride's Nick Jones, the scoreboard read 0-0 and everyone was left questioning, who would falter first?
After three years of getting dominated by Merced (10-2), the Pitman High (9-3) varsity softball team finally made history on Friday afternoon, topping the Bears at home, 3-2, and snapping an eight game losing streak that dated back to the 2012 season.
The Turlock Christian varsity softball team has now boasted back-to-back league wins after beating Stone Ridge Christian on Friday, 16-5.
The Turlock High (8-2) varsity baseball team has quietly yet steadily been creeping and stalling just behind or barely ahead of Pitman High for the top spot in the Central California Conference for most the year.
Friday marked the third time this season that both Delhi and Denair High met for one final showdown on the tennis courts as the battle for second place in the Southern Athletic League continued heading into the final two matches.
League championships for boys golf will be held on Monday for schools across the area. These tournaments are typically a place for teams to put in one final, solid performance in the hopes of qualifying for Divisionals as a team, but for Turlock and Hilmar High, its respective tournaments will instead be a formality as its boys have a ticket to Divisionals all but in the bag.
Alyssa Stockton has experienced her fair share of success during her 11 years in a softball uniform, but her biggest achievement was undoubtedly reached on Friday when she signed her letter of intent for California State University, Bakersfield where she will become one of the Roadrunners' pitchers.
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