Friday marked a historic day for both Turlock and Pitman High's athletic programs. For the first time in their history, they met on the basketball court for a playoff game in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Division I opening round.
Cassie Balswick and McCalister Russell played a pivotal role for Turlock Christian on Friday night in the team's final home game of the season as the Eagles hosted Stone Ridge Christian High and dominated from the onset.
This was a turnaround year for the Turlock High wrestling program. After a dismal end to last season, the Bulldogs came back to win the Central California Conference tournament on Thursday to share bragging rights with Buhach Colony, which won the regular season duals.
Local sports fans with loyalties to both Turlock and Pitman high schools had their dreams come true Wednesday when the varsity boys basketball regular season finale resulted in the two Turlock teams sharing the Central California Conference title - a first in the schools' rivalry history.
Friday night's Central California Conference matchup between Turlock and Merced was not your average game. It was the night of Winter Formal, the game saw blood, and near the end, it got so touchy that a technical was called against Merced after a questionable call.
Pitman High's varsity girls basketball team solidified their second place spot, for now, in the Central California Conference after an exciting turn of events that occurred on Thursday night in Atwater.