As he sat on the team bus, feeling rather relieved from another close win, Turlock High football coach James Peterson overheard his players' conversations. He liked what came out of their mouths.
For the first eight weeks of the high school football season, the most a team scored on Pitman High was 24 points. And that was by Buhach Colony High, a state-ranked team chasing back-to-back Central California Conference titles and boasting a couple of highly recruited athletes.
After not having a league race since Oct. 5, the Pitman and Turlock cross country teams will get back at it today in the third and final Central California Conference Center Meet at Donnelly Park in Turlock.
Besides Pitman, the Hilmar High and Turlock Christian High volleyball squads are also trying to make moves up their respective playoff spots.
Three more wins.
With his lightning quick speed, Morley Baker won the opening match swim-off to give his Turlock High boys water polo team an early advantage. He then passed the ball to the trailer, who sent it to the middle of the pool to Antovan Davtians.
Against the league's best, the Turlock High girls water polo team fell 11-5 to Merced High on Thursday at the school's Steve Feaver Aquatic Center.
For the Pitman High boys water polo team, this doesn't happen often.
MERCED - Turlock High junior Natalia Lima entered this week's Central California Conference Singles Tournament as an unseeded girls tennis player, which was ideal for her.
MODESTO - Even without their top scorer, the Turlock High girls golfers got it done.
It was nothing to fret about.
Turlock High's Natalia Lima will battle for the Central California Conference singles title Thursday, when she faces Merced High's Charlotte Sofranek in the tournament finals at the Millennium Sports Club in Merced. Lima defeated Turlock teammate Jill Temple 6-0, 6-0 in Tuesday's semifinals to get to this point.
There were reasons to have their heads down, with the biggest being the fact that the Turlock High football players almost allowed a three-touchdown lead to completely slip away. But the Bulldogs did not partake in the blame game. They stayed composed, even with an opposing crowd surrounding them.
After every home game, the Pitman High football team walk toward the west end of Debley Stadium, stand on the track and wave their helmets and their hands to the home crowd.
Frank Marques said he is honored to be part of the tradition of Hilmar Yellowjackets football (7-1, 4-0 TVL) as the team's head coach during Hilmar High School's centennial celebration and homecoming.
Hilmar High's softball team hosted first place Hughson High on Tuesday in a Trans Valley League matchup the Yellowjackets needed to win to keep their playoff hopes alive.
The Hilmar girls soccer team is on the brink of elimination from playoff contention if they fail to win out all four of their final Trans Valley League bouts this season.
The top two girls soccer teams in the Central California Conference in Turlock and Merced squared off on Monday in a much anticipated battle to see who would take the first place position heading into the final month of the season.
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