Pitman High's Zaya Ismail did not have the best week.
Just seconds after his team survived one of the season's closest calls, Turlock High boys basketball reserve Cristian Jinenez let out an excited "woo!" Even from his point of view, he knew this win was big. So his gesture could've also been easily taken as a sigh of relief.
Matt Ruesga is a hard-to-miss type of person.
On Tuesday night, the Turlock High girls basketball team was thrown into an environment that the girls hadn't seen much of this season. They were inside the gym of their crosstown rivals, with hundreds of fans packing the stands - though the Turlock side might've had more people. They all roared when something significant happened.
In one of the major gauges of the state tournament, last weekend's Temecula Valley Invitational allowed wrestlers from the Turlock area to go up against elite competition. Some of them did well - well enough to go home with first-place medals and respect from their peers.
DENAIR - On most nights, the shots would've fallen. The crowd would've erupted in cheers. And Denair High boys basketball coach Curtis Wooten would've had something else to worry about.
Tuesday night will be the first of three battles this season between the Turlock and Pitman high girls basketball teams. The Pride players talked with excitement earlier this week about the upcoming matchup, adding that "we're ready."
The Pitman High girls basketball players couldn't help but cringe once they noticed they were on the wrong end of a lopsided score Thursday night at the Lion's Den.
DENAIR - The Denair High boys basketball players' main objective in Tuesday night's game against league rival Turlock Christian was this: Stop Brandon Rogers, who averages nearly 30 points.
His drenched-in-sweat shirt looked as if he had taken a dip into a pool. His legs must've had felt like they climbed a mountain, bearing in mind the type of workout his coach puts him and his teammates through.
Turlock High senior wrestler Fabian Garcia doesn't like losing, especially because he hasn't experienced much of it as a Bulldog.
As they walked out of their locker room on their way to greet waiting family and friends, smiles were painted all over the faces of the Pitman High boys basketball players and coaches.
If the Turlock Christian girls basketball players didn't score a single point after the first quarter, they'd still have technically won Thursday night's Southern League contest against Gustine High.
Playing without injured point guard Camille Roberts, the Turlock High girls basketball team had a straightforward approach in Tuesday night's Central California Conference opener against Buhach Colony: Just squeeze by the Thunder.
Just before he faced his final opponent at last week's Bulldog Classic, Pitman High senior Andrew Perez was approached on the wrestling mat by his older brother, Vincent, who whispered something in his ear.
The Turlock and Pitman baseball programs enter the 2015 season coming from different places - the Bulldogs from earning three league titles in four years and the Pride from a disappointing 8-7 season in 2014 - but both hoping to clinch a top spot in the Central California Conference. Both teams have the potential to reach their shared goal.
Pitman High entered the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Championships in Stockton on Friday with the aim to match or best its performance from a season ago in which four of its wrestlers qualified for the State Championships. While the Pride fielded the exact same number of qualifiers as last season, Angel Velasquez's (132 pound) championship effort on the mat solidified the 2014-15 season as Pitman's most successful ever. The Pride also put in its best team performance to date with an 8th place finish.
Pitman and Turlock High's girls varsity soccer squads kicked off the 2015 regular season with a two-day tournament event at Pitman with 16 schools from around the area competing for a chance to call themselves the best of the tourney.
The 2014 season was arguably one of the most exciting years for high school sports in the area and it wasn't any different in varsity girls soccer.
The 2015 spring season just began on Wednesday for Hilmar High, but already the Yellowjackets have four matches under their belt and at least one more scheduled for today. It's the kind of starting schedule one would expect from a team trying to improve on a fourth place Trans Valley League finish last season.
Adolfo Maldonado of Pitman High has decided to attend California State University, Stanislaus on a soccer athletic scholarship.
The post season has always been a tough road for local wrestling teams, but with this year's shakeup of the post season format - specifically the inclusion of Folsom and Del Oro High in the new Sac-Joaquin Section Division I AA Championships - that road proved to be even more difficult for Turlock and Pitman High.
Hilmar, Delhi and Denair High are each sending one wrestler to this weekend's Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Championships at the Stockton Arena after their respective 12th, 13th and 14th place finishes in the team standings at the SJS Division V Championships last weekend.
For the eighth straight year the Turlock Christian High girls varsity basketball team is in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV semifinal round of the postseason after trouncing Freedom Christian on Tuesday night, 66-26.
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