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.
The Hilmar Yellowjackets (7-8-1) started Monday's league matchup against the Ripon Indians (11-5-1) strong, only to lose momentum - and the game - in the second half, 4-2.
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.
The Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament, the final stop before every high school wrestler's apex dream-the State Tournament.
The Pitman High soccer tournament was supposed to be a launching point for the 2014 season, unfortunately, Mother Nature forced the tourney to get cancelled and sent most of the 36 scheduled teams back home.
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