Turlock High football coach James Peterson has said it before: There are no weak teams in the Central California Conference.
SALIDA - Right before the game, a Hilmar High football player was overheard yelling four very powerful words to his teammates.
RIPON - Despite an overwhelming 14-7 shot advantage, the Hilmar High Yellowjackets just couldn't pull off another win over the Ripon High Indians on Thursday. Ripon scored early and then held on for a 2-1 win at the Ripon Elementary field.
The Pitman volleyball team avenged its only league loss of the season on Thursday night, when the Pride, led by Ashley Solis' 26 kills, fought through a long match and an exciting fifth and final set to beat Buhach Colony High, 25-8, 13-25, 23-25, 25-21, 16-14, in Atwater.
At this point in the season, Turlock High's Mary Krupka knows the little things can make the biggest impact.
Turlock High boys water polo coach Steve Feaver sensed that his players were nervous about Tuesday night's matchup with Pitman High, hours before it began.
The Turlock High girls water polo team aimed to make a statement against Pitman High, and that was to treat its crosstown rival just like any other team - an approach that helped erase all the special circumstances surrounding Tuesday night's match at the Pitman High pool.
Buhach Colony High football has been annihilating teams all season. In the Thunder's five wins, three of the teams couldn't score more than one touchdown, two were blown out by at least 53 points and only one opponent scored in double-digits.
In the game of football, it's difficult to give every player time on the field.
In the raised stands of the old girls gym at Turlock High, fans stayed cool by fanning themselves with sheets of paper or whatever they got their hands on. Near the entrance were two gigantic fans blasting air inside to keep everyone from sweating.
MODESTO - On Monday evening, the Hilmar High volleyball team won three of four sets against Modesto Christian High. But that one loss is not a big deal. According to coach Patti Harris, the Yellowjackets always find a way to win.
The Turlock High girls tennis team wants another Central California Conference title, and not even crosstown rival Pitman High could stop the Bulldogs.
After continuing the school's best start ever, the Pitman High football team is taking the week off. No game this Friday night. Just another week of much-needed practice, though the Pride are 5-0.
It was a nice little break for the Pitman High volleyball team, seeing how competitive the Central California Conference can be.
HILMAR - The Hilmar High football team was not intimidated by Ripon High's undefeated record heading into Friday's Trans-Valley League opener.
It was a rematch of rivals on Saturday during the championship game of the 30th annual Atch Pedretti Tournament. Around this time last year, Turlock and Pitman High clashed over the Pedretti championship for the first time in the tournament's history, with the Bulldogs emerging victorious by landslide victory.
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.
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