ATWATER - It didn't take long for the Buhach Colony High football team to set the tone in Friday night's league game against Pitman High, as running back Stetson Barton danced 80 yards down the right sideline to give his Thunder a touchdown on the very first play of the game.
There was no need for Elise Cusenza and her Turlock High girls tennis teammates to go into a jubilant celebration after beating crosstown rival Pitman High 9-0 on a hot Thursday afternoon.
Sure, the day was hot. But that didn't stop the players of the Pitman High and Turlock High girls golf teams from pulling off standout performances in the final Central California Conference match of the regular season on Thursday afternoon.
For 80 minutes, the Pitman High and Turlock High boys soccer teams showcased the true meaning of a crosstown rivalry at the Turlock Sports Complex on Tuesday afternoon.
With every win, the Pitman High football team is sending a message across the high school football community. The Pride stamped out one last week, when they stomped all over upstart Golden Valley High in Merced, an easy 34-3 win that changed the perspective of a Pitman team that began the season with a loss.
The Pitman Pride (5-1, 1-0 CCC) put up over 400 yards of offense and displayed a stout defense to win their Central California Conference opener 34-3 over the Golden Valley Cougars (4-2, 0-1 CCC) on Friday.
With his hands sliced up from a night's work of aggressive playmaking and his helmet off, Turlock High quarterback Kevin Kramer tried to explain the meaning of Friday night's 28-27 heartbreaker of a loss to Buhach Colony High. Just minutes earlier, he drove his team all the way from their own 32-yard line of Joe Debely Stadium before launching a long pass to receiver Tyler Cook, allowing the Bulldogs an opportunity to tie the game up.
Jorge Guzman's first-ever cross country race wasn't a pretty one. He committed the ultimate rookie mistake. "I ended up not drinking a lot of water that day," he said. That's equivalent to not applying sunscreen before hitting the beach or leaving your wallet behind at home before going to the supermarket.
Before this season, when the Pitman High and Turlock High cross country runners placed their feet near the starting line, they only had to worry about a few dozen competitors since the meets had usually no more than three teams.
At one point in the game, the Turlock High boys water polo team had every right to be nervous. For one thing, the Bulldogs were competing against their archrival, Pitman High, on Tuesday night in front of dozens of fans at the Steve Feaver Aquatic Center at the Turlock High campus.
Forty days ago, the Pitman High football team had a golden opportunity. The Pride were facing Modesto High, considered the top large-school at the time. This was a chance to make history, to become the first team to notch a victory at the newly renovated Joe Debely Stadium.
There are a few things the Turlock High girls water polo team can look forward to now that the Bulldogs are 5-0 in league action after marching past crosstown rival Pitman High 17-6 on Tuesday night at the Steve Feaver Aquatic Center on the Turlock High campus.
When the Pitman High volleyball team lost to Golden Valley High in the Central California Conference opener on Sept. 15, it wasn't necessarily a bad showing by the Pride. Consider this: They took the Cougars to five sets.
Stanislaus County dominated Merced County on Friday at the County Clash track meet, with Pitman, Oakdale and Turlock High finishing first, second and third, respectively.
Not even a car crash could keep Brian Dudley and Andrew Knapp, Denair tennis' number one and two singles players, from seeking retribution against league juggernauts Ripon Christian on Friday. The two Coyote players were involved in a head-on collision on their way to the match, but still managed to make it to the courts where they won their matches in the 7-2 effort over the Knights.
Pitman High thoroughly beat Merced High on the baseball diamond Monday afternoon in the Pride's second Central California Conference game of the season. Four days removed from beating Golden Valley High 8-0, Pitman again pitched a shutout as they handed Merced its third consecutive loss by a score of 10-0.
Things have changed in the Central California Conference this year and this week marked the beginning of a three-game series, starting with game one at Turlock High as the Bulldogs hosted the Atwater Falcons.
The Central California Conference and the Modesto Metro Conference gathered together for Saturday's Nor Cal Relay at Johansen High with Turlock and Pitman owning the day on the pool.
It was a down game for the Hilmar varsity baseball team on Saturday afternoon when they hosted Sonora High.
The Hilmar High (6-3-1) girls varsity soccer team is only two wins away from tying last year's win total and league hasn't even started.
Four consecutive errors in the sixth inning gave the Hilmar High varsity softball team its second straight Trans Valley League loss on Friday afternoon as Riverbank played the spoilers in a 3-8 loss.
Denair High came close to earning its first win of the season this week in a two-game showdown with Le Grand High on Wednesday and Friday, but late-inning slumps in both games instead led to a pair of defeats and extended the Coyote's record to 0-8.
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